From my collection.
Bought in 2010.
First listen: 31-3-2010.
Second listen: 14-11-2012.
Third listen: 4-5-2017.
Recording dates: August 1989.
Recording venue: Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland.
Recording engineer: Ralph Couzens.
Running time: 61:48.
Relevance to me: Essential.
Symphonic Suite from "Semyon Kotko", opus 81bis.
Four portraits and Dénoument from : The Gambler"opus 49.
Scottish National Orchestra Neeme Järvi.
Whenever Prokofiev's music comes up, my mind automatically links this with Neeme Järvi and this Scottish orchestra. Järvi seems to have this inherent swung to bring off the music in easy grace, and devastatingly effective too. Järvi is my first port of call, and will remain this to the end of my days. Both works on this disc are pieced together with music from two operas. He did an excellent job, hardly changing anything in the score, apart from filling the gaps left by taking out the voices. As if it were never anything else as orchestral works composed separately. Both works are high on my list, and get a interpretation of great beauty with a dynamic refinement coupled to a tonal refinement. Järvi was and is always a conductor that rules with seriousness of purpose, and intensity of concentration. And that makes all his recordings musically so effective. Drive and vitality, elements that Prokofiev needs. The audio quality as usual with Chandos is impressively wide ranging and open, with plenty of air around the instruments, even in the loudest climaxes, as we often get from this composer.
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