# Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Antal Dorati
# Vinyl (1957 / 2010)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Classic Records / Mercury Living Presence
# Size: 674MB (24/96) + 202MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
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Whether you prefer the fabulous bass dynamics and savage paganism of the Scythian Suite, or the colorful and captivating sound-portrait of the fairy tale Love for Three Oranges Suite, Dorati’s super-charged readings of these scores are unsurpassed. Acclaimed by critics and audiophiles alike as among the very best of the best Mercurys, this dramatic and riveting combination of Prokofiev, Dorati and Mercury Living Presence is a sure winner.
Prokofiev’s “Scythian Suite” is one of those pieces from the early 20th century that, like Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring,” exploits contemporary fascination with the exotic and the primitive. It is full of jungle rhythms and eerie chord progressions in the strings. This old recording (1957), from the earliest days of stereo, captures all the excitement of the score. The London Symphony Orchestra’s playing and Antal Dorati’s interpretation of the score have never been equaled, let alone surpassed. You can play it on today’s finest audio equipment and it will overwhelm you. Ditto with the Suite from “The Love for Three Oranges.” People are perhaps more apt today to hear the entire opera, but the suite has its own, more concentrated charms. The famous “Marche” is done here as if it were being given its ultimate performance, but all the other movements are bestowed as close attention and as compelling a performance.
Side One – Suite From “The Love For Three Oranges”, Op. 33a
01 – Les Ridicules
02 – Scène Infernale
03 – Marche
04 – Scherzo
05 – Le Prince Et La Princesse
06 – La Fuite
Side Two – Scythian Suite, Op. 20
07 – The Invocation To Veles And Ala
08 – The Evil God And The Dance Of The Pagan Monsters
09 – Night
10 – Lolli’s Pursuit Of The Evil God, And Sunrise
Composed by Sergei S. Prokofiev
Conductor – Antal Dorati
Directed by Wilma Cozart
Edited by Harold Lawrence
Engineer – C. R. Fine
Orchestra – London Symphony Orchestra
Producer – Wilma Cozart Fine
Remastered by Bernie Grundman
Recorded at Watford Town Hall.
All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5
Technics SL1200-MK5 (modified)
– Rega RB300 arm with RB700 wiring
– Michell Tecnoweight
– SoundSupports armboard
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SimAudio Moon 110LP preamp
Native Instruments Audio4DJ USB interface
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