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CHAN 10483 - Prokofiev: Chout/ Suite from Love for Three Oranges/Waltz Suite
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Available From: 01 August 2008
The Buffoon (Chout in Russian0)was composed at the instigation of Diaghilev. He asked of the composer ‘Please write msuci that will be truly Russian. Prokofiev, who could not remember a note of traditional folksong was able to find an idiom that suited the tale.

The Love of Three Oranges is an opera composed in 1919 and based on an eighteenth-century commedia dell’arte farce by Carlo Gozzi. It was premiered at Chicago on 30 December 21921, and Prokofiev published his orchestral Suite from it in 1924.

Soon after conducting the premiere of his Fifth Symphony, Prokofiev suffered serious concussion from a fall, and the effects were felt throughout the remaining eight years of his life. Although he had to limit his creative work to two short periods each day, he immersed himself in a number of new projects, one of which was the Waltz Suite. Three of the Waltzes came from Cinderalla, two from War and Peace and the last, the Mephisto Waltz, from his music for the film Lermontov.

In this performance [The Buffoon] both conductor and orchestra rise splendidly to the occasion: here is an impressive realisation of the character studies that make up the Suite
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