LPO – 0107
Made in Lithuania
2 Audio CDs
© 2018 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd.
℗ 1997 BBC
Recorded live at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London, on 28 November 1997 (Violin Concerto No. 1, Chout and Reves) and 30 November 1997 (Symphony No. 3).

Restoration and Mastering: Deborah Spanton, Andrew Walton K&A Productions
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd

Total playing time: 116:30
Released: August 2018

CD: Prokofiev Symphony No. 3 and Chout

LPO conducted by Alexander Lazarev

Prokofiev
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D
Symphony No. 3 in C minor
Chout (The Buffoon)
Rêves (Dreams)

Alexander Lazarev conductor
Vadim Repin violin
Simon Callow narrator
London Philharmonic Orchestra

 

The four works presented on these discs are united by Prokofiev's unparallelled ability to tell a story through music, from the youthful innocence of Rêves and the First Violin Concerto's ode to the Russian countryside to the tense and dramatic Symphony No. 3, based on themes from his then unperformed opera The Fiery Angel. At the heart is Chout, the first ballet score Prokofiev completed for Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes: a darkly farcical tale of a buffoon who outwits seven other buffoons. Recorded live in concert, this performance is narrated by Simon Callow, with English translation by John Drummond.
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Reviews

'Repin has a superb sense of line and a wonderful cantabile. Tensile and lyrical, his playing is mesmeric. The LPO are also on form, the Scherzo stunning in every respect. A brilliant performance...The performance of the fairytale Chout  is  involving, not least for Simon Callow’s hilarious accents. Lazarev has a natural flair for painting in sound and the LPO is on terrific form.' Five stars
Classical Music Magazine, September 2018

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