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CHAN 10536

Prokofiev: Ivan The Terrible

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2009

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

Philharmonia Orchestra


Neeme Jarvi


Nikita Storojev

bass

Linda Finnie

contralto

Philharmonia Chorus



Venue:

St Jude's Church, Central Square, London NW11



Producer:

Brian Couzens



Engineer:

Ralph Couzens


Ben Connellan

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos Classics

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Russian

Total Time - 59:02
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SERGEI PROKOFIEV

(1891-1953)
   
 

'Ivan the Terrible' Concert Scenario

59:14  
1 I. Overture 3:04
  Chorus  
2 II. Russian Sea 2:40
  Contralto soloist and Chorus  
   
  III. Wedding 4:37      
3 I Allegro fastoso 0:53
  Female chorus  
4 II Andante 3:05
  Chorus  
5 III Allegro fastoso 0:38
  Female chorus  
6 IV. Fire 2:03
   
  V. Tartars and Canoneers 3:28      
7 I Allegro moderato 1:00
8 II Moderato energico 2:28
  Chorus  
9 VI. The Storming of Kazan 9:26
  Chorus  
   
  Iwan auf dem Krankenbett; La maladie d'Ivan  
  VII. Ivan's Sickness 8:03      
10 I Adagio 5:40
11 II Andante sostenuto 2:23
  Chorus  
12 VIII. At the Polish Court 5:55
   
13 IX. Anastasia 3:45
   
14 X. Song of the Beaver (Ephrosynia's Lullaby) 3:16
  Contralto soloist and Chorus  
   
  XI. The Banquet 5:15      
15 I Allegro ben ritmato, feroce 1:53
16 II Allegro moderato 1:55
  Baritone soloist and Male chorus  
17 III Allegro ben ritmato 1:25
   
18 XII. Murder in the Cathedral 6:19
  Chorus  
19 XIII. Finale (Coda) 1:14
  Soloists and Chorus  
   
 Linda Finnie contralto
 Nikita Storojev bass
 Neeme Jarvi
  2 & 3 March 1991  
Neeme Jarvi conducts Christopher Palmer’s version, preserving the film music to Ivan the Terrible.

This re-issue offers this praised recording at Classics price.

Christopher Palmer strikes again! It is undoubtedly one of the great film scores, and Jarvi more than does it justice with the help of impassioned singing and playing from all concerned.
CD Review

"...Intelligent and aurally incisive, the performance attests to Neeme Jarvi’s enduring skills as a Prokofiev interpreter of dramatic and gripping power." ****


Gary Lemco

 

Audiophile Audition - 7 January 2010

“… an expansively powerful reading from Jarvi, his Philharmonia forces and excellent soloists.”
Performance **** Recording ****   

Michael Scott Rohen

BBC Music Magazine - December 2009

 

“This may be the best Ivan of them all. Linda Finnie and Nikita Storojev turn in fine work, as do the chorus and orchestra. The sound reproduction is excellent and the notes informative. Highly recommended!”

Robert Cummings

Classical Net

“If you have not come across the concert scenario for the film music for Ivan The Terrible then you have a treat in store with Jarvi’s fulsomely recorded version. This sequence differs from several other versions in that there is no narrator. The Russian Sea is taken by Linda Finnie who adopts a completely idiomatic Slavonic wobble. This contrasts with the deep and luxurious, indeed magical, pile of the Philharmonic Chorus. The recording is stunning with the subtle hard orchestral underpinning for ‘The Wedding’ lovingly caught beneath the whirling chorus.”

Rob Barnet


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