Prokofiev: Symphonies No. 4 & 5 - Dreams Kirill Karabits & Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

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Label: PM Classics/Onyx

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Concertos

Artist: Kirill Karabits & Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Composer: Sergei Sergeievitch Prokofiev (1891-1953)

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  • Sergei Prokofiev (1891 - 1953): Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat, Op. 100:
  • 1I. Andante13:32
  • 2II. Allegro marcato08:50
  • 3III. Adagio11:31
  • 4IV. Allegro giocoso10:13
  • Symphony No. 4 in C, Op. 47:
  • 5I. Andante – Allegro eroico06:15
  • 6II. Andante tranquillo05:58
  • 7III. Moderato, quasi allegretto04:04
  • 8IV. Allegro risoluto07:10
  • Dreams, Op. 6
  • 9Dreams, Op. 609:49
  • Total Runtime01:17:22

Info for Prokofiev: Symphonies No. 4 & 5 - Dreams

The eagerly awaited 3rd volume in the critically acclaimed Prokofiev Symphony cycle from Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. The original version of the 4th, probably the least performed of the seven is coupled with the 5th, arguably the most performed. The 4th is based on material from the ballet ‘The Prodigal Son’. The symphony was commissioned by Serge Koussevitzky to mark the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The 5th dates from 1944 at the height of the Russian struggle against the Nazi invasion. Although considered a wartime work, the overall mood is one of optimism. Yet again music from another project was used to good effect in a Prokofiev symphony. The powerful slow movement draws on music composed in 1936 and intended for an abortive film of Pushkin’s 'Queen of Spades'.

"This third release in Kirill Karabits's Prokofiev symphony cycle will not disappoint those following its progress" (Gramophone Magazine)

"Scrupulously prepared, these engaging performances are adroitly executed with plenty of bite from the brass, the woodwind section excelling and the unified strings highly expressive … In this third volume the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Kirill Karabits continues to delight with revealing performances of these fascinating Prokofiev scores." (MusicWeb International)

"The Fourth Symphony in the original version, played here, is hardly known. Written in 1929 and based on his Diaghilev ballet The Prodigal Son, this early effort has a lightness which Karabits compares to a suite, the style direct and unfussy...The BSO and Karabits capture the shadows and sparks superbly." (The Observer)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Kirill Karabits, conductor

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
On May 22 1893, a young Dan Godfrey lifted his baton for the first time and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra was born. In the 120 years that have since passed, the BSO has worked with some of the greatest names in classical music, toured the world and inspired generations of music makers and music lovers.

From humble beginnings in Bournemouth’s Winter Gardens, Sir Dan laid the foundations for decades of musical success and innovation. Collaborations with composers including Holst and Vaughan Williams followed, as did appearances on the podium by Elgar, Sibelius and Stravinsky among many others. A legacy of groundbreaking recordings began in 1914 and BBC radio broadcasts were first made in 1923.

Under the guidance of esteemed Principal Conductors including Rudolf Schwarz, Charles Groves, Constantin Silvestri and Paavo Berglund the Orchestra became increasingly musically adventurous while performing ever more throughout the South and South West. International tours followed from 1965, and lasting acclaim from Berglund’s legendary Sibelius recordings.

Americans Andrew Litton and Marin Alsop – the first female Principal Conductor of a British orchestra – brought a new artistic flavour to the Orchestra, and with it a Grammy Award winning recording together with performances on some of the iconic stages of the world. As the BSO celebrates its 120th anniversary, current Chief Conductor Kirill Karabits was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Conductor Award for his work with the BSO throughout its home region and beyond.

Kirill Karabits
Named winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Conductor Award for 2012, Kirill Karabits is one of the most dynamic and exciting conductors in the world today.

2013/14 marks his fifth season as Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, a relationship that has received widespread critical acclaim. Highlights include three performances at the BBC Proms, a complete Beethoven symphony cycle and the best-selling CD The Silver Violin in collaboration with Nicola Benedetti, while an exciting adventure is just beginning with the recording of Prokofiev’s symphonic works.

Having studied at the National Tchaikovsky Music Academy in Kiev and the Vienna Hochschule für Musik, Kirill has conducted throughout the world with orchestras including the BBC Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the Budapest Festival Orchestra.

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