Symphonies nos. 6 and 7 (2016)

Prokofiev

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

James Gaffigan

Prokofiev wrote his Sixth Symphony almost straight after the Fifth. The Sixth is quite different from the Fifth, despite the success of the latter at its premiere, which the composer himself conducted in January 1945. Where the mood of the Fifth is triumphant and heroic (the Nazis had almost succumbed to defeat by this stage), the Sixth is more elegiac, less compact and more diffuse. Opinions differ widely on the work’s form; the Russian musicologist Nestiev, one of Prokofiev’s first biographers and of course toeing the Party line as he wrote, argued that the composer had swapped over the exposition and development in the first movement. If this is true, it may explain why the opening seems like a bombardment of motifs tumbling over each other, so that the surfeit of themes only gradually gives way to a semblance of order as the movement progresses. 

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Symphonies nos. 6 and 7 (2016)

Prokofiev

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

    Stereophile Magazine

"These releases in a projected cycle of all of Prokofiev's symphonies are blockbusters. First, James Gaffigan's view of these works is passionate. This is Prokofiev with weight and wit. The Netherlands RPO carries it all off with power and precision. The engineering by Bert van der Wolf is spectacular, with a spacious soundstage and formidable bass."

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Symphonies nos. 6 and 7 (2016)

Prokofiev

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Cables: Siltech
Digital Converters: dCS
Mastering Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Mastering Equipment: Avalon
Microphones: Sonodore
Producer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording location: MCO Hilversum, The Netherlands
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Symphony no. 6 in E-flat minor op. 111- I. Allegro moderato
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Symphony no. 6 in E-flat minor op. 111- II. Largo
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Symphony no. 6 in E-flat minor op. 111- III. Vivace
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Symphony no. 7 in C-sharp minor op. 138 - I. Moderato
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Symphony no. 7 in C-sharp minor op. 138 - II. Allegretto
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Symphony no. 7 in C-sharp minor op. 138 - III. Andante espressivo
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Symphony no. 7 in C-sharp minor op. 138 - IV. Vivace
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