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PROKOFIEV, S.: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6 (Finnish Radio Symphony, Oramo)

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release date: August 2012

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2012


Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Oramo, Sakari

Sakari Oramo



Finlandia Hall

Helsinki Music Centre

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 79:47
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PROKOFIEV, S.: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6 (Finnish Radio Symphony, Oramo)

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Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100

1 I. Andante 11:50
2 II. Allegro marcato 8:45
3 III. Adagio 10:38
4 IV. Allegro giocoso 10:26

Symphony No. 6 in E flat minor, Op. 111

5 I. Allegro moderato 13:32
6 II. Largo 13:20
7 III. Vivace 11:16
 Sakari Oramo Conductor
 Oramo, Sakari

This release features the Finnish RSO under the baton of Sakari Oramo with symphonies 5 & 6 by Sergei Prokofiev.

Prokofiev’s symphonies 5 & 6, composed in 1944 and 1947, are very different in their mood, but stylistically closely related. The Fifth was written amidst the chaos of the Second World War and seeks to find positive solution to that chaos; but in the Sixth, completed soon after war, the mood is darker. Both feature Prokofiev’s melodic writing at its best.

Sakari Oramo served as chief conductor of the Finnish RSO from 2003 to 2012. In February 2012 he made his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. As of autumn 2013 he will be the chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Oramo has especially gained recognition for recordings of 20th-century and contemporary (Finnish) composers.

Contemporary and above all the latest contemporary music is a major item in the repertoire of the Finnish RSO. Their recordings, already over 100, have received many prestigious awards. The new chief conductor as of autumn 2013 is Hannu Lintu.

"...For Prokofiev’s Fifth, there are just too many noteworthy recordings for Oramo’s to be an only choice. But there are far fewer alternatives when it comes Prokofiev’s Sixth, and  Oramo’s new version should be a top contender. A very full disc (almost 80 minutes) and excellent recorded sound contribute to making this Ondine release an attractive and recommended addition to the Prokofiev discography."

Jerry Dubins - Fanfare - January/February 2013 

              Performance (Symphony No 5) ***      (Symphony No 6) *****       Recording *****

Daniel Jaffé - BBC Music magazine - December 2012


"...powerful feelings are conveyed in this excellent new recording. "

Terry Barfoot - - 8 October 2012

"Remarkable recordings in two large Helsinki halls" *** (Good disc)

Bertrand Dermoncourt - Classica magazine - October 2012

                      Supersonic - Pizzicato

Remy Franck - Pizzicato magazine - October 2012

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