While it is not at all unusual for a composer to return to a work and make revisions, Sergei Prokofiev’s Fourth Symphony is a unique case. The piece was composed and then revised to the point that the composer saw them as two separate works. The first version, which was composed in 1929, was met with apathetic response by audiences. The 1947 revision completely reworked the material and created a much more ambitious score.
A logical, albeit rare combination of works, presented by the Politburo to reflect victory and an irresistible force – understandably in the case of Op.100 (1950); but unjustifiably in the case of Op.111 (1945-7), the ‘two-headed symphony’ which had the misfortune to displease Stalin, who hade xpected an ode to his glory. Mravinsky seldom performed these symphonies but has left for posterity a few ardent concert recordings.
This new release features the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sakari Oramo performing Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6. These two symphonies, composed in 1944 and 1947, are very different in mood, but stylistically closely related. The Fifth was written amid the chaos of the Second World War and seeks to find a positive solution; but in the Sixth, completed soon after war, the mood is darker. Both feature Prokofiev’s melodic writing at its best.
Dmitri Kitaenko, People's Artist of the USSR, born 1940 in Leningrad, was educated at the Leningrad Conservatoire in E. Kudriavtseva's class of choral conducting, graduating in 1966 & completing a post-graduate course at the Moscow Conservatoire with Professor L. Ginzburg (opera & symphony conducting class). Since 1976 D. Kitaenko has been the principal conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. He has in his repertoire works of various periods & styles: Russian & West European classics, music by Soviet composers.
HI fellows. Dutoit's recording on Prokofiev's 5th is another gem that was not included in the box "The art of Charles Dutoit" and deserves more than one listening… Please Enjoy!