'The performance shows the conductor at his best… he gives the score's tangy colours and bold gestures their due…Polyansky gives us a good sense of the music's imaginative timbres and its riveting dramatic power.'
The Russian State Symphony Orchestra plays splendidly for Valeri Polyansky…
The Strad on CHAN 9890 (Symphony-Concerto etc.)
'This is an atmospheric and hugely vivid reading by the Russian State Symphony Orchestra and conductor Valeri Polyansky that suggests an intimate knowledge of Eisentein's film. It is helped considerably by a generously warm and resonant recorded acoustic.'
International Record Review
Both discs feature fine performances by a reliable Chandos team.
The Daily Telegraph on CHAN 10044 (On the Dnieper etc.) and CHAN 10056 (Egyptian Nights etc.)
Valeri Polyansky makes a strong case for the ballet On the Dnieper.
Financial Times on CHAN 10044 (On the Dnieper etc.)
' Prokofiev's score for Ivan the Terrible is some of the best film music ever written, fusing the composer's melodic gifts, his salty version of high-romantic orchestration, his love of grand church chants and thrilling marches. Despite the lack of Eisenstein's visuals, this powerful recording captures much of the film's epic grandeur, with Polyansky drawing some massive climaxes and breathtaking moments of intimacy from his forces.'
Classic FM Magazine
Polyansky and the orchestra plunge crisply and confidently into the varied scores… Prokofiev newcomers and old timers alike should find pleasure in this disc.
The Times on CHAN 10056 (Egyptian Nights etc.)
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