Prokofiev

Yuja Wang, Gustavo Dudamel - Rachmaninov, Prokofiev: Piano Concertos (2013)

Yuja Wang, Gustavo Dudamel - Rachmaninov, Prokofiev: Piano Concertos (2013)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:11:49 | 302 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 479 1304

Since pianist Yuja Wang and conductor Gustavo Dudamel count among Deutsche Grammophon’s young superstars, it was inevitable that they collaborate on disc. In the Rachmaninov Third Concerto Wang’s tendency to reverse accents and make sudden pianissimo plunges at certain climactic moments borders on mannerism (what’s with that momentum-breaking comma right before the first-movement development section Allegro?), but the piano part’s swirling textures benefit from Wang’s fanciful voicings, imaginative rubatos, and frisky, dead-on accurate fingerwork.
London SO & Chorus; Mstislav Rostropovich, Soloists - Sergey Prokofiev: Ivan the Terrible; Alexander Nevsky (1992) 2CDs

Sergey Prokofiev - Ivan the Terrible; Alexander Nevsky (1992) 2CDs
Christopher Plummer (narrator), Tamara Sinyavskaya, Sergei Leiferkus, Dolora Zajick
New London Children’s Choir, London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus; Mstislav Rostropovich

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 552 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 325 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Oratorio | Label: Sony Classical | # S2K 48387 | Time: 02:14:45

The famous Russian director Sergei Eisenstein held Prokofiev the film composer in the highest regard, and to couple their two celebrated collaborations, Ivan the Terrible and Alexander Nevsky, in a two-disc set is therefore entirely appropriate. Ivan the Terrible, however, is a problematic score. Assembled by Abram Stassevich after the composer’s death, the oratorio lacks the large-scale balances and tensions of Prokofiev’s own Nevsky cantata, relying on narration to hold the structure together. This substantial English version by Michael Lankester, intended to ‘compensate for the lack of visual image’, is well projected by Christopher Plummer. Rostropovich directs a vivid performance of Alexander Nevsky, and only the rich tone of Russian voices is lacking. The LSO plays brilliantly, while the recording does full justice to one of Prokofiev’s finest scores.
Evgeny Kissin, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado - Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 (1994)

Evgeny Kissin, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado - Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 (1994)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 00:42:27 | 177 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 439898

The young Kissin was able to work wonders in Prokofiev–above all the Sixth Sonata (Kissin in Tokyo - Yevgeny Kissin). Regrettably, the mature Kissin recently delivered highly disappointing live performances of the Second and Third Concertos (Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3), indeed, regardless of the predictable rave in the British press. This 1994 recording of the First and Third Concertos is unquestionably very good, especially the youthful First, although competition is very strong–from Graffman/Szell (Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3) and Argerich/Dutoit (Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 / Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 3) in this coupling, and from the complete sets by Berman/Gutierrez/Järvi, Toradze/Gergiev and Krainev/Kitaenko.

Garrick Ohlsson - Etudes: Debussy, Bartok, Prokofiev (2015)  Music

Posted by Designol at Nov. 4, 2016
Garrick Ohlsson - Etudes: Debussy, Bartok, Prokofiev (2015)

Garrick Ohlsson - Études: Debussy, Bartók, Prokofiev (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 185 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68080 | Time: 01:06:36

Études are primarily intended as exercises to train musicians in specific techniques, but since the Romantic era they have become associated with other miniature forms, such as the prelude and the intermezzo, and frequently regarded as evocative character pieces or tonal pictures. Garrick Ohlsson's album of piano études by Claude Debussy, Sergey Prokofiev, and Béla Bartók offers a brief survey of the genre in modern practice, and demonstrates the blending of pedagogy and poetry in these works. Ohlsson has become internationally known as an exquisite interpreter of the music of Frédéric Chopin, and much of the subtlety and atmosphere found in his previous recordings is present here. Ohlsson's finesse and humor are perhaps most evident in Debussy's Études, L. 143, which have a lighter character than Prokofiev's Études, Op. 2, which tend toward the sardonic side, and Bartók's Études, Op. 18, which are intensely virtuosic and mysterious. Hyperion's recording captures the nuances of Ohlsson's playing, and the piano is close enough to hear every detail, while the acoustics lend it a pleasant natural aura.

Janine Jansen - Prokofiev (2012)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at Oct. 26, 2016
Janine Jansen - Prokofiev (2012)

Janine Jansen - Prokofiev (2012)
MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) | Digital Booklet | 01:12:50 | 187 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca

Dutch violinist Janine Jansen has made some unorthodox recordings (check out her Vivaldi Four Seasons sometime), but here, in a work in which proportion and technique are exquisitely balanced, she plays it straight with impressive results. Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2, composed in 1935 just before his return to the Soviet Union from France, has always been a popular repertory item, but Jansen's reading, ably accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski, has a pearly quality throughout, a kind of bright ease, that comes only at the highest levels of technique.

Prokofiev - Symphony no 5 (Mork; Petrenko) 2016 [HDTV 720p]  Music

Posted by stfine at Oct. 22, 2016
Prokofiev - Symphony no 5 (Mork; Petrenko) 2016 [HDTV 720p]

Prokofiev - Symphony no 5 (Mørk; Petrenko) 2016 [HDTV 720p]
AVC, 1280x720p (16:9), 4 mbps, 25 fps | AC3 384 kbps, 2 ch | 00:54:55 | GB
Classical, Orchestral | | HDTV->MKV

Live at Oslo Konserthus, July 10, 2016.

Valery Gergiev - Prokofiev: Complete Symphonies (2006)  Music

Posted by Pisulik at Oct. 20, 2016
Valery Gergiev - Prokofiev: Complete Symphonies (2006)

Valery Gergiev - Prokofiev: Complete Symphonies (2006)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) +cue, log, artworks - 1.06 gb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 580 mb | 04:15:03
Classical | Label: Decca Music Group | Release Year: 2006

It should come as no surprise that Gergiev is in his element in Prokofiev's symphonies. Whatever his failings in other repertory, he's always had a knack for visceral excitement in Russian music, sometimes at the expense of lyric or lighter moments. And so it is here. Gergiev is a bit heavy-handed in the popular Classical Symphony, Prokofiev's homage to Haydn and Mozart. But he delivers high-octane power in the three steel-age symphonies that follow (the set is especially notable for the inclusion of both versions of the Fourth).
Moscow Soloists, Yuri Bashmet - Igor Stravinsky: Apollo; Concerto in D; Sergei Prokofiev: 20 Visions fugitives (2007)

Igor Stravinsky: Apollo; Concerto in D; Sergei Prokofiev: 20 Visions fugitives (2007)
Moscow Soloists; Yuri Bashmet, Director

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 316 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: ONYX | # ONYX 4017 | Time: 01:06:57

This is the second release on ONYX from the amazing Moscow Soloists and their charismatic director, the great Yuri Bashmet. Their first ONYX release was of Chamber Symphonies by Shostakovich, Sviridov and Vainberg (ONYX4007) which gained excellent reviews, including a Grammy 2007 nomination. This disc combines two great Stravinsky works for strings: the marvellous neo-classical ballet Apollon musagète (in the revised 1947 version entitled simply Apollo) and the post-war Concerto in D for strings, with a genuine novelty: in 1962 Rudolf Barshai arranged for his own Moscow Chamber Orchestra 15 of the 20 Visions fugitives that Prokofiev wrote for solo piano between 1915-17. Now Roman Balashov, manager and violist in the Moscow Soloists has completed the set for this world première recording. These are exciting miniatures which truly benefit from the added colours a string orchestra can bring.

Boris Berman - Prokofiev: Complete Piano Sonatas (1998) 3CD  Music

Posted by SuniR at Sept. 13, 2016
Boris Berman - Prokofiev: Complete Piano Sonatas (1998) 3CD

Boris Berman - Prokofiev: Complete Piano Sonatas (1998) 3CD
EAC | FLAC (log,image+cue) -> 596 Mb (5% Rec.) | Mp3 CBR320 Kbps -> 447 Mb (5% Rec.) | Scans included
Classical, Piano | Label: Chandos, CHAN 9637 | 1998 | 03:07:42

Russian by birth, later American by choice, Boris Berman has achieved an important place among contemporary pianists in both the music of his native country and the works of other 20th century composers. Prokofiev and Berman - a potent combination readily apparent to anyone who has been following Berman's recordings of the complete keyboard works for Chandos… With a cool head, a warm heart, and lapidary precision, Berman defined the essential character of each score, impeccably integrating all the important musical gestures into a satisfying total picture…for a grand tour through the total Prokofiev, I can't imagine a more observant or articulate guide. –New York Magazine
Gurzenich-Orchester Koln, Dmitrij Kitajenko - Sergey Prokofiev: The Symphonies (2008) 5CD Box Set, Reissue 2015

Sergey Prokofiev: The Symphonies (2008) 5CD Box Set, Reissue 2015
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, conducted by Dmitrij Kitajenko

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.28 Gb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Capriccio | # C7190 | Time: 04:43:11

Following the successful publication on Cappriccio of all Shostakovich’s symphonies on CD, Dmitrij Kitajenko once again collaborates with the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln to perform the complete recording of all of Sergey Prokofiev’s seven symphonies. Together they embark on a very challenging project, both in terms of time and level of technical difficulty, a project that demanded huge efforts and potential from the orchestra conductor alike. Prokofiev’s symphonies could not be more varied. They were written at different times throughout the composer’s life and each one individually reflects the pressure of political dictatorship and forced submission to merciless censorship that was prevalent throughout the Soviet-era. On the other hand, the huge energy, the hopes and desires, emotional and social messages conveyed between the lines could not be vanquished even by dictators and censors.