Prokofiev: Ballet suites

Prokofiev: Ballet suites
Composer Sergei Prokofiev
Artist Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra
Arnold Katz conductor
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 9254
EAN code 5029365925426
Release March 2012

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Prokofiev’s great ballet scores for Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella have become firm favourites in both the concert hall and the repertory of ballet companies worldwide – ‘The Montagues and Capulets’ from Romeo and Juliet, for example, features regularly at major sporting events, something Prokofiev probably never envisaged!

The earliest of the ballets featured here is Romeo and Juliet, commissioned in the mid-1930s, soon after Prokofiev returned to the USSR from self-imposed exile. Drawn from the main events of the ballet, the music of Suite No.2 ranges from the grand, formal music of the ball and sounds of a popular holiday to the tragedy and despair of the story’s end, illuminating Prokofiev’s commitment to communicating the depths and intricacies of Shakespeare’s play.

Cinderella followed Romeo and Juliet in the 1940s, with a score of rich and sophisticated music that rewards audiences of adults and children alike. The Suite No.1 features some of the ballet’s best-loved music, including ‘Cinderella’s Waltz’ and the brilliant Mazurka. The Stone Flower was the last of Prokofiev’s Soviet ballets, dating from 1948, and is based on a folk tale from the Urals. Although it will perhaps be the least familiar of the works on this disc, its score contains music of great beauty, with soaring tunes that are as memorable as anything in the two ballet scores that preceded it.

Other information:
- Recording made in 1997
- Splendid performances by the Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestro Arnold Katz.
- Booklet notes included

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Cinderella, Suite No. 1, Op. 107: No. 1: Cinderella
  2. Cinderella, Suite No. 1, Op. 107: No. 2: Pas de châle
  3. Cinderella, Suite No. 1, Op. 107: No. 3: Quarrel
  4. Cinderella, Suite No. 1, Op. 107: No. 4: Fairy Godmother and the Winter Fairy
  5. Cinderella, Suite No. 1, Op. 107: No. 5: Mazurka
  6. Cinderella, Suite No. 1, Op. 107: No. 6: Cinderella goes to the ball
  7. Cinderella, Suite No. 1, Op. 107: No. 7: Cinderella’s Waltz
  8. Cinderella, Suite No. 1, Op. 107: No. 8: Midnight
  9. The Stone Flower, Suite No. 1, Op. 126 ‘Wedding Suite’: No. 1: Love Scene
  10. The Stone Flower, Suite No. 1, Op. 126 ‘Wedding Suite’: No. 2: Dance of the Groom's Men
  11. The Stone Flower, Suite No. 1, Op. 126 ‘Wedding Suite’: No. 3: Dance of the Young Girls
  12. The Stone Flower, Suite No. 1, Op. 126 ‘Wedding Suite’: No. 4: Ritual Dance
  13. The Stone Flower, Suite No. 1, Op. 126 ‘Wedding Suite’: No. 5: Wedding Dance
  14. Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2, Op. 64ter: No. 1: Montagues and Capulets
  15. Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2, Op. 64ter: No. 2: Juliet as a Young Girl
  16. Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2, Op. 64ter: No. 3: Friar Laurence
  17. Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2, Op. 64ter: No. 4: Dance
  18. Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2, Op. 64ter: No. 5: Romeo and Juliet before parting
  19. Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2, Op. 64ter: No. 6: Dance of the Maids
  20. Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2, Op. 64ter: No. 7: Romeo at Juliet’s Grave