About the album
The image Sergei Prokofiev seems to project, particularly when it coems to the music he wrote while living in the West from 1914 to 1935, is one of a joker and an agitator, yet a classical composer at the core. This double identity can be heard even in his earlier works, mostly for piano, written before 1914, and was sealed with his ''Classical'' Symphony in 1917. The subtitle is the composer's own. Indeed, Prokofiev stated, ''I wanted to write a symphony that Haydn or Mozart would have written had they lived in the twentieth century.'' Symphony No. 5: Prokofiev wrote the work in the Soviet Union in 1944, when the Nazis were increasingly losing ground but had certainly not yet been defeated. Although the symphony lacks a programme per se, it is undeniably a depiction of war and victory. Heroism is always tinged with the tragedy inherent in war, and the grand gesture is both sincere and theatrical.
11Symphony No. 1, Op. 25 Allegro
12Symphony No. 1, Op. 25 Intermezzo. Larghetto
13Symphony No. 1, Op. 25 Gavotta: Non troppo allegro
14Symphony No. 1, Op. 25 Finale: Molto vivace
15Symphony No. 5, Op. 100 Andante
16Symphony No. 5, Op. 100 Allegro marcato
17Symphony No. 5, Op. 100 Adagio
18Symphony No. 5, Op. 100 Allegro giocoso
The Edison Nominations have been announced. Dutch pianist Hannes Minnaar has been nominated for the Edison Audience Award with his Gabriel Faure album. You can vote for this album: here Furthermore horn player Rob van de Laar has been nominated in the Category ' The Debut' with his album 'Heartfelt' and conductor James Gaffigan and the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in the Category 'The Orchestra' for the album with Prokofiev's Symphonies 1 & ...