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Antal Dorati - Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B Flat


Speakers Corner (Mercury Living Presence)



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AMER 90258
EAN: 4260019713032
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180 Gram Vinyl Record

180 Gram LP
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Prokofiev was extremely proud of his Fifth Symphony, which he regarded as his most important work and referred to as celebrating "the grandeur of the human spirit and a hymn to free and joyful humanity." But even without this emphatic acknowledgement of the Soviet ideological social system, his work was well accepted by the public and not long after its Moscow premiere was performed to great acclaim in Europe. The composition is written in a traditional, four-movement form and is filled with highly expressive, lyrical themes, which are broadly expanded and make full use of the orchestra's registers and sound coloring.

1. Serge Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op.100

Customer Reviews (3.50 Stars) 2 person(s) rated this product.

Dorati in Minneapolis

posted on 01/17/2012
3 Stars
Reviewer: Triodeotl
This LP has a very decisive performance of the 5th. It may please many people but I feel that it lacks excitement. Because of that I give it only three stars. But I am recommending it because you will never find an original of this LP in new condition. And even if you did it would not sound as good as this LP.

The pressing is totally flat and it is interesting to note that Speakers Corner's mastering people are now inscribing the lead-out of the vinyl. Additionally the vinyl was totally flat and noise free which is always a plus. Recommended for Mercury collectors. But I wish that Speakers Corner would have picked a different title to be re-issued. Why they did not do Howard Hanson "A Composer and His Orchestra yet is beyond me. If that is a hint then let’s hope it’s a big one.

Let hope that Speakers Corner continues re-issuing the Mercury catalog as it contains so many gems that beg to be re-issued. Hello Speakers Corner could we have the Hanson in 45 RPM?

Takes a while to grow on one

posted on 10/23/2009
4 Stars
Reviewer: Gerald
I got this because I'm a big fan of Dorati's work, especially in Stravinsky. Initially I was a bit disappointed by what seemed to be a slightly harsh and grey Mercury recording and an interpretation to match. However, whilst this is clearly an interpretation that emphasises the hardness in Prokofiev's score, it has grown on me and now I quite like its spare properties. Indeed, generally speaking I like unromantic readings of Russian music which can easily be over-egged, preferring Mravinsky or Markevitch in Tchaikovsky over the hysterical interpretations of Rostropovich and others. However, Sargent was also a very fine interpreter of Prokofiev and if I were to choose again I might chose his version of this fifth symphony on Classic records.

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