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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (EMI) Sergei Prokofiev – Alexander Nevsky (Previn)


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Film director Sergei Eisenstein was not deceived by Hitler’s ruse and saw the Nazi threat for what it was, a black faced lie, not to invade Russia. He brought out a film called Alexander Nevsky in 1938, telling of the 13th Century Russian hero, Prince Alexander and his campaign against the invading Teutonic Knights of Germany. The story, quite accurate at that, was a good parallel with the situation in 1938, and served as a slightly disguised warning to the Soviet people to be ready, when the Germans invaded Russia. Eisenstein was sure this was a certainty, despite Stalin’s insistance that the Führer could be trusted. So disillusioned was the Soviet leader when the German Army did attack, that he sequestered himself for 2-3 weeks in his Moscow area “dacha,” a sort of Communist “Camp David.” He refused to give defensive orders and hundreds of thousands of Soviets died in the initial days of this war. Stalin, at first, tried to suppress the Eisenstein film, but it was so popular that he relented…..

Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: London Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Anna Reynolds
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: André Previn
Vinyl 1972
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.65 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Supraphon) Prokofieff – Symphony-Concerto/Respighi – Adagio Con Variazioni (Ancerl/Navarra)

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Though the Symphony-Concerto is cast in the conventional three movements, their proportions are unusual: the outer movements are equal in duration, while the central movement is a vast, complex Scherzo replete with wild ideas and a thrilling extended cadenza. The work begins with a relatively slow movement that proceeds with the character of a march, propelled by an ascending four-note theme. The solo cellist…

Composer: Sergei Prokofiev, Ottorino Respighi
Performer:
André Navarra
Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karel Ančerl
Vinyl 1966
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis:
DR 11
Size: 921 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Melodyia) Sergei Prokofiev – The Jester (Rozhdestvensky)

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Receiving a commission from the Ballets Russes impresario extraordinaire Serge Diaghilev (1872-1929) Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) began work on the score of “Chout” in Italy in 1915. It had been decided to write the ballet based upon a Russian folk tale. Based in Paris since 1909 the Ballets Russes had achieved a formidable reputation for innovation and the superior quality of it’s productions. Two humorous tales of the Perm province had been discovered in the Russian tales collection of A. Afanasiev. These made up the basis for the ballet libretto. The long awaited premier of “Chout” opened the Ballets Russes season on May 17, 1921 in the…..

Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Orchestra: Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Vinyl 1962
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Melodyia
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 767 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Melodiya/Columbia) Sergei Prokofiev – The Stone Flower (Rozhdestvensky)

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The Stone Flower ballet is contemporaneous with the opera The Story of a Real Man. It was his last ballet and as you can see from the timings is on an ambitious scale inviting comparison with Cinderella and Romeo and Juliet. The year was 1948. Prokofiev had put aside thoughts of setting Pushkin’s The Stone Guest in favour of a subject with nationalist resonance. Folk material was required by the invitation of Zhdanov’s ‘spirit of the times’; an invitation not to be denied. The hero of the ballet is the artist Danilo. His ‘grail’ is the stone flower hidden somewhere in the caverns of the Copper Mountain. He needs it as the raw material for a malachite vase. The supernatural Mistress of the Copper Mountain guards the flower. Danilo finds it but is enchanted by the Mistress. Katerina rescues Danilo and the flower is won. The villainous bailiff, Severyan, is consigned to the earth

Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Orchestra: Bolshoi Thater Orchestra Moscow
Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Vinyl 1974
Number of discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Melodiya/Columbia
DR-Analysis:
DR 12
Size: 2.91 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Chandos) Sergei Prokofiev – Two Violin Concerti (Mordkovitch/Järvi)

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Sergei Prokofiev wrote only two violin concertos, and while they are works of more angst than the more musical concertos of a Tchaikovsky or Beethoven or of course Mozart, they are still accessible and worth exploring.
The sound of this record is very good.

Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Lydia Mordkovitch
Orchestra: Scottish National Orchestra
Conductor: Neeme Järvi
Vinyl (1989)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Chandos
DR-Analysis: DR 16
Size: 916 MB
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Argerich / Abbado: Complete Concerto Recordings (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

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# Composers: Sergei Prokofiev, Maurice Ravel, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Orchestras: Berliner Philharmoniker, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Mozart, London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Claudio Abbado
# Vinyl (2015)
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 15, DR 14, DR 15, DR 14, DR 14, DR 16
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 0289 479 4548
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (12.0GB), 24-bit/96kHz (5.96GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.44GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

Absolutely STUNNING sound quality on this box set!

Especially LP6!!

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Dorati/LSO – Prokofiev: Suite From “The Love For Three Oranges” / Scythian Suite (Classic Records / Mercury Living Presence, 200g vinyl)

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# 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%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

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.

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Skrowaczewski: Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra – Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet – Ballet Suites Nos. 1 & 2 (Mercury Living Presence / Speakers Corner, 180g pressing)

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# Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
# Orchestra: Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Stanisław Skrowaczewski
# Vinyl (1965 / 2004)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Mercury Living Presence / Speakers Corner
# Size: 1.12GB (24/96) + 288MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

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