Prokofiev Symphonies Nos 4, 6 & 7, Piano Concertos Nos 4 & 5 The Mariinsky Orchestra & Valery Gergiev

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Subgenre: Concertos

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  • Sergei Prokofiev (1891 - 1953): Piano Concerto No 4 in B-Flat major, Op. 53:
  • 1Piano Concerto No 4 in B-Flat major, Op. 53: I. Vivace04:18
  • 2Piano Concerto No 4 in B-Flat major, Op. 53: Ii. Andante08:29
  • 3Piano Concerto No 4 in B-Flat major, Op. 53: Iii. Moderato07:59
  • 4Piano Concerto No 4 in B-Flat major, Op. 53: Iv. Vivace01:33
  • Piano Concerto No 5 in G Major, Op. 55:
  • 5Piano Concerto No 5 in G Major, Op. 55: I. Allegro con brio04:56
  • 6Piano Concerto No 5 in G Major, Op. 55: Ii. Moderato ben accentuato03:33
  • 7Piano Concerto No 5 in G Major, Op. 55: Iii. Toccata. Allegro con fuoco01:32
  • 8Piano Concerto No 5 in G Major, Op. 55: Iv. Larghetto06:17
  • 9Piano Concerto No 5 in G Major, Op. 55: V. Vivo05:16
  • Symphony No 4 in C Major, Op. 112:
  • 10Symphony No 4 in C Major, Op. 112: I. Andante - Allegro eroico (Revised Version)12:11
  • 11Symphony No 4 in C Major, Op. 112: Ii. Andante tranquillo (Revised Version)09:16
  • 12Symphony No 4 in C Major, Op. 112: Iii. Moderato, quasi allegretto (Revised Version)05:55
  • 13Symphony No 4 in C Major, Op. 112: Iv. Allegro risoluto (Revised Version)09:47
  • Symphony No 6 in E-Flat minor, Op. 111:
  • 14Symphony No 6 in E-Flat minor, Op. 111: I. Allegro moderato16:19
  • 15Symphony No 6 in E-Flat minor, Op. 111: Ii. Largo16:58
  • 16Symphony No 6 in E-Flat minor, Op. 111: Iii. Vivace11:32
  • Symphony No 7 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131:
  • 17Symphony No 7 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131: I. Moderato10:19
  • 18Symphony No 7 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131: Ii. Allegretto07:44
  • 19Symphony No 7 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131: Iii. Andante espressivo06:07
  • 20Symphony No 7 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131: Iv. Vivace08:23
  • Total Runtime02:38:24

Info zu Prokofiev Symphonies Nos 4, 6 & 7, Piano Concertos Nos 4 & 5

This major release launches the Mariinsky label’s projects to honour the 125th anniversary of Prokofiev’s birth. A long-time champion of the music of Prokofiev, Valery Gergiev conducts Symphonies Nos 4, 6 & 7, performed masterfully by the Mariinsky Orchestra and coupled with Piano Concertos Nos 4 and 5. The result is a double-album set programmed to showcase some of Prokofiev’s finest works written before and after the Second World War.

Prokofiev began his Symphony No 4 in 1929, drawing from the musical material of his ballet The Prodigal Son. The Symphony was premiered the following year, though he substantially revised the work seventeen years later.

Symphony No 6 was written in 1947 as an elegy of the tragedies of World War II. Speaking of the Symphony, Prokofiev said, ‘Now we are rejoicing in our great victory, but each of us has wounds which cannot be healed. One man’s loved ones have perished, another has lost his health. This must not be forgotten.’

The composer's final symphony was completed in 1952, the year before the composer’s death. The Symphony was well-received following its premiere in Moscow, and was awarded the prestigious Lenin Prize in 1957 at Miami’s Knight Concert Hall.

Acclaimed for his highly sensitive touch and technical brilliance, Alexei Volodin performs Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 4. Written for the one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein, the concerto was completed in 1931. It was the only one of Prokofiev’s piano works that never saw a performance during his lifetime. Premiered in Berlin in 1956, it was played by the West Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Alexei Volodin’s performance of the Concerto is described as ‘superbly controlled and beautfiully subtle’ by The Guardian.

Praised for his ‘fast and furious hand-crossing’ the American-Armenian musician Sergei Babyan performs Prokofiev’s last complete piano concerto, No 5. Written in 1932, the Concerto is made up of five short movements, each of which contains a wealth of virtuosity and invention.

"Continuing an already impressive own-label cycle, this well-filled set is even finer… The finale of the sixth is as exciting as any on record – and, with an excellent album sound, this is shaping up to be an unmissable series." (Classical Music Magazine)

"Here soloists, conductor and orchestra seem fully engaged, delivering strongly characterised performances of great emotional depth and musical insight… Alexei Volodin (in the Fourth) and Sergei Babayan (in the Fifth) approach the fast movements with mercurial wit and dazzling clarity of fingerwork… Gergiev and the Mariinsky orchestra accompany with razor-sharp precision and play the three post-war symphonies with conviction and commitment…" (BBC Music Magazine)

Sergei Babayan, piano
Alexei Volodin, piano
Mariinsky Orchestra
Valery Gergiev, conductor

The Mariinsky Orchestra
enjoys a long and distinguished history as one of the oldest musical institutions in Russia. Founded in (1753) during the reign of Peter the Great and housed in St. Petersburg's famed Mariinsky Theatre (1860), the Orchestra now performs also in its superb 21st century concert hall (2006) and its second opera house (2013) built for modern stage technologies.

Following the orchestra’s "golden age" in the second half of the 19th century under the musical direction of Eduard Napravnik, numerous internationally famed musicians have conducted the Orchestra, among them Hans von Bülow, Felix Mottl, Felix Weingartner, Alexander von Zemlinsky, Otto Nikisch, Hector Berlioz, Richard Wagner, Gustav Mahler, Arnold Schoenberg, Willem Mengelberg, Otto Klemperer, Bruno Walter, and Erich Kleiber.

Renamed the "Kirov" during the Soviet era, the Orchestra continued to maintain its high artistic standards under the leadership of Yevgeny Mravinsky and Yuri Temirkanov. The leadership of Valery Gergiev and the success of the Orchestra's frequent tours hassled to the reputation of what one journalist referred to as "the world's first global orchestra" and has enabled the Theatre to forge important relationships for the Ballet and Opera to appear in the world's greatest opera houses and theatres, among them the Metropolitan Opera, the Kennedy Center, the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, the San Francisco Opera, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Salzburg Festival and La Scala in Milan.

Since its US debut in 1992 the orchestra has made 17 tours of North America, including a 2006 celebration of the complete Shostakovich symphonies, a Cycle of Stage Works of Prokofiev in 2008, major works of Hector Berlioz in February/March 2010, a Centennial Mahler Cycle in Carnegie Hall in October 2010, and in October 2011, the Mariinsky Orchestra opened Carnegie Hall's 120th season with a cycle of Tchaikovsky Symphonies which was also performed throughout the US and in Canada.

Maestro Gergiev established the Mariinsky Label in 2009 and has since released over 20 recordings to date receiving critical acclaim in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

Valery Gergiev
Maestro Gergiev is the artistic and general director of the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, whose leadership since 1988 has both taken the Mariinsky ballet, opera, and orchestra ensembles to nearly 50 countries and at home has resulted in the building of The Mariinsky Concert Hall (2006), the founding of the Mariinsky Label in (2009) and the new Mariinsky II (May 2013) alongside the classic Mariinsky Theatre.

He is also founder and artistic director of the Stars of the White Nights Festival and New Horizons Festival in St. Petersburg, Moscow Easter Festival, Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival, Mikkeli Music Festival, Red Sea Classical Music Festival in Eilat, Israel, as well as principal conductor of the World Orchestra for Peace.

Principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra since 2007, Mr. Gergiev performs with the LSO at the Barbican Centre, BBC Proms, and Edinburgh International Festival, as well as on extensive tours of Europe, North America, and Asia.

In July 2013 he led the debut international tour of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, an orchestra founded by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. In the fall of 2016, Maestro Gergiev assumes the post of principal conductor of the famed Münchner Philharmoniker.

Gergiev’s recordings continually win awards in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Recent releases on the Mariinsky Label include Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos No. 1 & 2; Prokofiev Piano Concert No. 3 & Symphony No. 5; Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet; and Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition, Night on Bare Mountain, Songs & Dances of Death.

Recent LSO Live releases include Brahms German Requiem; Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique, Overture: Waverly; and Berlioz Harold en Italie, La mort de Cléopâtre;

Mr. Gergiev has led numerous composer-centered concert cycles in New York, London, and other international cities, featuring the works of Berlioz, Brahms, Dutilleux, Mahler, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky, and Wagner’s Ring cycle. He has introduced audiences around the world to several rarely performed Russian operas.

Mr. Gergiev’s many awards include the Dmitri Shostakovich Award, Netherlands’ Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion, Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun, and the French Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur.

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