Prokofiev : Classical Symphony

Prokofiev : Classical Symphony

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Prokofiev : Classical Symphony - Glinka : Kamarinskaia Fantasia, A life for the Czar - Borodin : In the steppes of Central Asia

Ernest Ansermet, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (1961)

Decca SXL 2292

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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Sergei Prokofiev (1891 - 1953) :
A1 - Symphonie classique in D Major, Op. 25
     - 1st Movement : Allegro
     - 2nd Movement : Larghetto
     - 3rd Movement : Gavotte - Non troppo allegro
     - 4th Movement : Finale - Molto vivace
A2 - March and Scherzo from The Love of Three Oranges
Mikhail Glinka (1804 - 1857) :
B1 - Kamarinskya Fantasy
Alexander Borodin (1833 - 1887) :
B2 - In the Steppes of Central Asia
Mikhail Glinka (1804 - 1857) :
B3 - A Life For The Czar (Ivan Susanin) - Overture

Thankfully musical genres have been spared from being described with new buzz words such as "Kleinkust" which could be translated as "Small Arts". But music in small forms - maybe set down on just a few pages of manuscript paper - certainly exists. Prokofiev's miniature, the Symphonie classique, combines several superlatives as regards both its musical notes and form: it is only 15 minutes long, contains a wealth of melodic ideas, and is the most performed of all Prokofiev's symphonies.

This four-movement composition employs traditional forms such as the sonata form in the outer movements and the pre-Classical dances menuet and gavotte. The work's carefree esprit, serenade-like humor, and courtly elegance is delightful throughout and culminates in a high-spirited sturm und drang Finale.

On the B side is Glinka's Kamarinskaya Fantasia, only eight minutes long but captivating with its extremely closely-knit compositional style, and his Overture to A Life for the Czar - a showpiece whose leitmotifs are truly forward-looking. Alongside these classical-romantic musical gems, Borodin's In The Steppes of Central Asia acts as an ideal programmatic amalgamation of the Orient and the Occident, and fits perfectly into this choice of repertoire.

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