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CHAN 10482 - Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky/ Scythian Suite/Le Pas d'acier
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Available From: 01 August 2008
As a young man Prokofiev was regarded as something of an enfant terrible largely on the strength of the first and Second piano Concertos and the Scythian Suite. The latter, scored for forces almost as large as those used in Le Sacre du Primtemps, earned him an altogether undeserved reputation as an iconoclast. In fact, Prokofiev was for more of a traditionalist at heart, and throughout his career he was drawn towards tradition forms – the sonata, the concerto and the symphony – though his genius flowered equally in the freer forms of the ballet and suite. The harmonic audacities of his early works gave way to a new simplicity that was already to be discerned before his return to the USSR in the early 1930s
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The Battle on the Ice shows this conductor’s great ability at its best
International Record Review

The Scythian Suite is properly elemental, given a bold brazen recording in a huge acoustic
BBC Music Magazine

Two mightily vivid works provide rich programme meat in this reissue, drawn from Chandos’s admirable Prokofiev series. Anyone requiring a searing account of the choral cantata Alexander Nevsky, one shaped with visionary intensity and supported by sumptuous recorded sound, should head straight for Neeme Järvi’s recording
Classic FM Magazine

Time has proved Järvi’s 1988 recordings of film score suites by Prokofiev uncontested, which explains their re-release. Time also reminds us what a stunning contralto the Scot Linda Finnie was. Here she soothes the Russian Army with a sad folk melody in the Alexander Nevsky Suite, excised from the score for Einstein’s eponymous patriotic film. Strength, not age gave Finnie those voluminous low notes – too little was made of her career. Järvi, conducting the Scottish National Orchestra and Chorus, achieves a quivering sheen in the Battle on Ice and a passionate noise from the singers as they undiplomatically name their enemy
The Times

 

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