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Cat. No. CHAN 10481 X Price: £7 No. of discs: 1
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CHAN 10481 - Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije/ Andante/Autumn/Stone Flower/Dreams
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Available From: 01 August 2008
The sharp satirical aspect for which Prokofiev is widely known is engagingly expressed in the suite Lieutenant Kijé. This was taken from his first film score (1933), his first major project after he had decided to return permanently to his native country after some fifteen years in the West. The film was to be made in Leningrad as a satire on the foibles of Tsar Paul 1, from a story by Yury Tynyanov, The Tsar Sleeps. By a slip of a bureaucratic pen an imaginary Lieutenant Kijé is entered on certain military documents, for whom an identity and an existence have to he invented once the documents have been approved by the Tsar.
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From the first distant fanfare the sense of magical fantasy and colourful invention are brilliantly rendered and recorded
BBC Music Magazine

There is a superb account of the Lieutenant Kije Suite and a really outstanding version of the rarely heard suite from The Stone Flower, with this fine orchestra at its best
International Record Review

 

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