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Label: LSO Live

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Orchestral

Artist: London Symphony Orchestra & Gianandrea Noseda

Composer: Serge Prokofiev (1891-1953)

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  • Sergei Prokofiev (1891 - 1953): Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 44:
  • 1Prokofiev: Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 44: I. Moderato14:01
  • 2Prokofiev: Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 44: II. Andante06:36
  • 3Prokofiev: Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 44: III. Allegro agitato - Allegretto08:16
  • 4Prokofiev: Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 44: IV. Andante mosso - Allegro moderato06:30
  • Total Runtime35:23

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In 1918 Sergei Prokofiev left post-revolutionary Russia for America. He did not experience the same luck and adoration as some compatriots on the western side of the Atlantic. Prokofiev’s misfortunes began as soon as he got off the boat on 11 August and struggled to clear immigration.

Creative obstacles soon dwarfed logistical ones. Later that year, Prokofiev was commissioned by the Chicago Opera Association to write his opera The Love for Three Oranges. But the death of the company’s music director saw the commission cancelled—the first in a series of calamities that frustrated Prokofiev’s attempts to establish himself as an opera composer.

The biggest of those setbacks would come a few years later. Prokofiev, short on money, had quit America and was living in the Bavarian Alps. There he alighted upon an operatic subject that might have suited one of his musical heroes with links to the region—Richard Wagner. Prokofiev’s opera The Fiery Angel is a supernatural, diabolical drama of religious hysteria and the occult, based on a 1908 novel by Valery Bryusov, whose setting in 16th-century Germany alluded to a love triangle in contemporary Russia.

While The Love for Three Oranges would eventually make it onto the stage (in Chicago, as originally planned), there was no such outcome for The Fiery Angel, which remained unstaged when Prokofiev died in 1953. (It received its premiere posthumously in Venice in 1955.) Another of the composer’s allies at the opera in Chicago had died, while his leads with a co-producer, the Berlin State Opera, had run cold. ...

London Symphony Orchestra
Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

Gianandrea Noseda
54, is widely recognized as one of the leading conductors of his generation. He was named the National Symphony Orchestra's seventh music director in January 2016, with a four-year term beginning in the fall of 2017 for the 2017–2018 season.

Noseda has served as Music Director of the Teatro Regio Torino since 2007, ushering in a transformative era for the company matched with international acclaim for its productions, tours, recordings, and film projects. His visionary leadership and ambitious global touring initiatives over the last decade have brought the opera house firmly into the realm of the leading international companies on the global stage, where it has become one of Italy's most important cultural ambassadors. Noseda took the Teatro Regio Torino on two major residencies recently: at the Edinburgh Festival in August 2017 which focused on Verdi with the Messa di Requiem and performances of two fully staged operas and at the Royal Opera House of Muscat, Oman with a production of Aida; the Edinburgh residency was among the longest by a visiting company in the Festival's history.

Noseda also serves as Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Orquestra de Cadaqués, and Artistic Director of the Stresa Festival in Italy.

In addition to eight weeks with the NSO, highlights of Noseda's 2017–2018 season include appearances with the Israel Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and Orchestre de Paris, and a tour of the Far East with the London Symphony Orchestra, in addition to concerts in London. In May 2018, he leads the Met Orchestra at Carnegie Hall for the first time.

Noseda is a frequent guest with the leading opera houses and orchestras in the world, including the Cleveland Orchestra, La Scala, Munich Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Opera House, Wiener Symphoniker and Zurich Opera. He made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic in 2015 and at the Salzburg Festival in 2015 leading the Vienna Philharmonic with performances of Il Trovatore.

Noseda also continues to work with institutions where he previously held posts, including the BBC Philharmonic, which he led from 2002–2011; the Pittsburgh Symphony, where the Victor de Sabata Chair was created for him as principal guest conductor; and the Mariinsky Theatre, which appointed him its first-ever foreign principal guest conductor in 1997, a position he held for a decade. He was Principal Guest Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra from 1999-2002 and of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI from 2003 to 2006.

Gianandrea Noseda has a cherished relationship with the Metropolitan Opera

The London Symphony Orchestra
resident at the Barbican Centre, is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading orchestras. The LSO works with an enviable family of artists, including Valery Gergiev, Michael Tilson Thomas and Daniel Harding, and has long-standing relationships with some of the leading musicians in the world. The orchestra enjoys residencies in New York, Paris and Tokyo, in addition to regular tours around the globe. The LSO is set apart from other international orchestras by the depth of its commitment to music education through LSO Discovery, reaching over 65,000 people each year and offering people of all ages opportunities to get involved in music-making. The orchestra is a world-leader in recording music for CD, film and events, and was the official orchestra of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Ceremonies.

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