Sao Paulo Symphony (OSESP), Marin Alsop (conductor)
Written in 1944, Sergey Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony is one of his greatest and most complete symphonic statements. At its premiere he himself called it 'a symphony of the grandeur of the human spirit'. The first movement couples considerable strength with unexpected yet highly characteristic twists of melody. After a violent scherzo followed by a slow movement of sustained lyricism, with a fiercely dramatic middle section, the finale blazes with barely suppressed passion. The Year 1941 is another wartime work, a symphonic suite written in response to the German invasion of the Soviet Union.
Prokofiev The Year 1941 Op 90, Symphony No 5 in B-flat major Op 100
Running Time: 1 hr
'This exceptional account of Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony is partnered by a revelatory performance of The Year 1941, while the recording bursts out of the speakers.' (5 STARS BBC Music magazine)
'The first thing that struck me is the sound - fantastic! Very quickly, one realizes that the performance is spectacular, too, very much deserving of the state-of-the-art audio engineering.' (American Record Guide)
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