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Sunday, August 02, 2009


This month Chandos will reissue the following Prokofiev albums at mid-price for all you fans of the famous Russian composer:-

Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Ivan the Terrible
Ivan the Terrible: Concert Scenario
Linda Finnie (contralto); Nikita Storojev (bass)
Philharmonia Chorus
Philharmonia Orchestra, Neeme Järvi
CHAN 10536 X
Neeme Jarvi conducts Christopher Palmer’s version, preserving the film music to Ivan the
Terrible. This re-issue offers this much praised recording at Classics price for the first time.
‘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

Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the
October Revolution, Op 74.
Excerpts from: The Tale of the Stone Flower, Op 11
Gennady Rozhdestvensky (narrator)
Philharmonia Chorus
Philharmonia Orchestra, Neeme Järvi
CHAN 10537 X
This was the first complete recording of Prokofiev’s Cantata for the 20th anniversary of the
October Revolution, now released on Chandos Classics.
‘Even Prokofiev rarely wrote so wild and totally original a piece as this cantata. The key
movement, centrally placed and the longest, uses such exotic percussion as rattles and sirens, with
shouting from the chorus, in a graphic description of the revolution in St Petersburg. Järvi, here
with his fellow-conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky as narrator, has made a first complete
recording with the Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra. As a valuable fill-up comes a suite of
excerpts from the folk-tale ballet of 1948, The Stone Flower’, Penguin Guide

Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
War and Peace
War and Peace: Symphonic Suite ( arr. Palmer)
Summer Night: Suite from ‘The Duenna’, Op 123
Russian Overture, Op 72
Philharmonia Orchestra, Neeme Järvi.
CHAN 10538 X
This performance was named ‘Recording of the Month’ in Gramophone on its original release.
This only available recording of the War and Peace Symphonic Suite is coupled with the popular
Russian Overture and Summer Night Suite and released on our Classics label.
‘Jarvi and the Philharmonia Orchestra are thoroughly at home in these scores, and the Chandos
recording is characteristically spectacular. This is well worth exploring.’ 3 Stars, Penguin Guide

Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Romeo and Juliet: Suites 1, 2 and 3
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi
CHAN 10539 X
This recording presents the three Suites from Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet.
‘No one is more warmly dramatic in Prokofiev than Jarvi, making his issues consistently
recommendable…’ The Guardian

Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Violin Concertos
(i) Violin Concerto No 1 in D major, Op 19
(i) Violin Concerto No 2 in G minor, Op 63
(ii) Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80
Lydia Mordkovitch (violin) with
(i) Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi
or (ii) Gerhard Oppitz (piano) .
CHAN 10540 X
This re-issue brings together the Violin Concertos of Prokofiev, along with the Violin Sonata
No.1, performed by Lydia Mordkovitch, with Neeme Järvi and the RSNO in the Concertos, and
Gerhard Oppitz in the Sonata.
‘Jarvi is an outstanding collaborator. His feeling for this composer’s music is well established,
and he brings out details that other conductors are content to overlook. Ms Mordkovitch has a
powerful musical voice and a committed approach. I have returned to this recording with
increasing fascination and would recommend it highly.’ American Record Guide

Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Eugene Onegin (In English)
Andrew Rutt, Dominic Mafham,
Helena McCarthy, Julian Walker,
Niamh Cusack, Samuel West, Terrence Hardiman,
Timothy West, Sinfonia 21, Sir Edward Downes
CHAN 10541(2) X
With an eminent cast of actors including Niamh Cusack, Samuel West and Timothy West (who
directed the production) this was the first complete recording of Eugene Onegin. This continues
to be one of the only available recordings, and now the most competitively priced.
‘The whole presentation gives enormous pleasure… this set belongs in every Prokofiev admirer’s
collection.’ Hi-Fi News, ‘Record of the Month’


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