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PROKOFIEV, S.: Symphony No. 4 / The Prodigal Son (Ukraine National Symphony, Kuchar)

Composer(s):Prokofiev, Sergey
Artist(s) Kuchar, Theodore, Conductor • Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.553055
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 

   




Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

It makes an ideal coupling having the Symphony No. 4 alongside the ballet score from which Prokofiev drew most of the material. The 1947 revision of the symphony, now generally preferred, is richer in both structure and instrumentation. Kuchar’s readings are both powerful and idiomatic, with crisply disciplined playing from the Ukraine Orchestra bringing home the weight and violence of much of the writing. These are performances to mach and eve outshine current rivals at whatever price; the Naxos recording is satisfying full-bodied, not least in vivid brass and percussion sounds, with the piano both clear and well integrated in the Symphony.








 

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