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Symphonies 1 & 5
Prokofiev, Dutoit, Montréal Symphony Orchestra
Symphonies 1 & 5
Genre: Classical
 
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All Artists: Prokofiev, Dutoit, Montréal Symphony Orchestra
Title: Symphonies 1 & 5
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Polygram Records
Release Date: 5/9/1989
Genre: Classical
Styles: Historical Periods, Modern, 20th, & 21st Century, Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 028942181328

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Vibrant, Interpreted Prokofiev
Gavin Reed | Houston TX | 08/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This disc represents some of the finest playing I've ever heard--period. The clarity of passagework, especially in the upper strings and woodwinds, is seldom equalled. Prokofiev's frequent use of octaves can be challenging for lesser orchestras, but this group pulls it off with no difficulty. The First Symphony, although seemingly easy, certainly is not, with its frequent stabs in the upper register of the strings and brass. The last movement's tempo is astoundingly fast and the orchestra plays it with ease. Dutoit's finish of the Fifth Symphony is one of the most thrilling and terrifying things I've ever heard--bar none. If you like Prokofiev, buy this disc."
Among the finest available
Jefferyhalexander | 02/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm a great fan of Prokofiev in all genres, an a special fan of the 5th Symphony. While the complete set by Seji Ozawa has much to recommend it (not least of which is their throughness and completeness as an integral recording) there are nuances to Dutoit's interpretation here that serve as a touchstone for me. No matter how many versions of the 5th you have (and the 1st is indeed truly sparkling as well) if you haven't heard this one, it is well worth the time. If you are only an occasional fan of SP, and you need one version of each of these two masterpieces for your library, these are the ones to have. And the Montreal players raise themselves to world class by a comfortable margin in hands. Beautifully recorded."