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Sergei Prokofiev, Enfant Terrible (1891-1953): A 50th Anniversary Celebration
Sergey Prokofiev, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andre Previn
Sergei Prokofiev, Enfant Terrible (1891-1953): A 50th Anniversary Celebration
Genres: Soundtracks, Classical
 

     
   
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An eye-opening Prokofiev survey (try to buy it used)
Santa Fe Listener | Santa Fe, NM USA | 03/26/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I can't see paying full price for a two-CD compensdium, even one as lavish as this package, when all the itmes are samples for promoting Universal's catalog (expect a good representation by Ashkenazy, Rostropovich, Previn, and Gergiev). But the selection is good enough and often rare eough to warrant a buy if the price is low.

As I listened straight through, I was surprised at how unacquainted I actually was with the wide extent of Prokofiev's style. From the very early "Dreams," which could be mistaken for Glazunov through the unfamiliar operas (Betrothal in a Monastery Garden, Semyon Kotko) to the final, sadly diminished works like the Seventh Sym. and the cello concerto, the composer covered every major Russian style of the century. I didn't find any new masterful performances--not that a short excerpt is a good enough trial--but everything here is well performced. Any listener should find something unexpected and intriguing in this two-and-a-half-hour traversal."