Monday, February 25, 2013

Ozawa, Berlin Philharmonic
"Prokofiev: Symphony no. 5, 'Lt. Kije Suite'" (CD)

I got to play the first movement of Prokofiev's fifth symphony in youth orchestra.  I was steeped in his tradition of lush, romantic melodies that received his unique embellishment and have loved the work ever since, although I've still not had the chance to play the entire work yet.

In addition to the fifth symphony, this CD also includes Prokofiev's 'Lieutenant Kije' suite, culled from a soundtrack that Prokofiev wrote for a 1934 Soviet film of the same name.  The music ranks amongst Prokofiev's most popular works, full of charming melodies and light-heartedness.  Ozawa performs with baritone Andreas Schmidt for two movements of 'Kije.'

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