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CHAN 10485

Prokofiev: Semyon Kotko/ The Gambler

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2008

Originally recorded in 2007

Artists:

Scottish National Orchestra


Neeme Jarvi



Venue:

Caird Hall, Dundee



Producer:

Brian Couzens



Engineer:

Ralph Couzens


Ben Connellan

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos Classics

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos




Total Time - 60:50
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SERGEI PROKOFIEV

(1891-1953)
   
 

Symphonic Suite from 'Semyon Kotko', Op. 81bis

37:32  
1 1 Introduction. Andante 2:45
2 2 Semyon and His Mother. Moderato 3:46
3 3 The Betrothal. Moderato 5:51
4 4 The Southern Night. Adagio 5:11
5 5 Execution. Allegro moderato 2:25
6 6 The Village Is Burning. Andante - Moderato 6:53
7 7 Funeral. Andante 5:53
8 8 Ours Have Come. Vivace 4:21
   
 

Four Portraits and Dénoument from 'The Gambler', Op. 49

24:03  
  (Le Joueur)  
9 1 Alexis. Allegro passionato 5:09
10 2 La Grand-mère. Moderato 5:45
11 3 Le Général. Moderato 2:52
12 4 Pauline. Moderato 5:40
13 5 Dénoument. Allegro 4:19
On the original release of this disc Classic CD wrote, ‘this CD is welcome as an introduction, not only to The Gambler but to the even rarer Semyon Kotko’. The Calgary Herald noted, ‘At last we have an incisive modern recording of the Four Portraits, a substantial reworking of music from Prokofiev’s opera The Gambler… the Semyon Kotko Suite is striking in its abundant lyricism’.

Exhilarating and inventive, Prokofiev’s Four Portraits enshrine the best of the opera. Memorable melodies and rich orchestration abound in both these rarely heard suites which will appeal to anyone interested in Prokofiev’s lesser-known works. The recordings now return to make a welcome addition to the Chandos Classics label.

The Gambler represents the musical character of Prokofiev the iconoclastic young revolutionary at his most unbridled. The work was revised in 1927-28 for its first production in Brussels on 29 April 1929, as Le Joueur. It was not heard in the UK until the 1962 Edinburgh festival, nor in Russia until a broadcast in 1963. The symphonic Four Portraits dates from 1931, and was written in response to the interest created by the first performance of The Gambler.

Highly recommended for anyone for whom the operas remain enigmas
BBC Music Magazine



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