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Prokofiev – The Decca Masters

Sir Adrian Boult, Jean Martinon, Eric Tuxen, Nikolai Malko

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A kaleidoscopic collection of orchestral Prokofiev in the 1950s, as recorded by Decca engineers in London, Paris and Copenhagen, featuring both rarities and classics.
Once upon a time Peter and the Wolf was the best known of them, with six recordings to its credit in the days before LP. On this Kingsway Hall recording from 1949, the BBC announcer Frank Phillips told the story, with the experienced Prokofiev conductor Nikolai Malko making a rare appearance on Decca. Nowadays the Fifth Symphony is far more frequently heard in concert; this taut and thrilling 1952 account is the work of the Danish conductor Erik Tuxen, a legendary interpreter of Sibelius and his fellow countryman Nielsen.
Three years later in June 1955, Sir Adrian Boult made his first stereo recording, of the Love for Three Oranges Suite with the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra. This was originally issued in mono with the Lieutenant Kijé Suite played by the Philharmonia Orchestra because the latter recording was mono only – whereas the present reissue now presents Oranges in its stereo version. Boult’s dry wit points up the sardonic qualities of both suites.
Despite its title, Russian Overture from 1936 does not straightforwardly conform to principles of Soviet nationalism in music with its abrupt cuts from comic capers to sweeping Russian melody. Written like so much of Prokofiev’s music with tongue in cheek, it makes an apt companion on disc for his final symphony, the Seventh. These were recorded in November 1957 (and originally issued on the RCA ‘Living Stereo’ label) by the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra conducted by Jean Martinon, who had done much to promote the conductor’s music outside his Russian homeland. The Seventh is a deceptively simple work, imbued with a melancholy and nostalgia somewhat obscured by the ‘fake’ ending contrived to the symphony for it to win official approval (and which is played here). (© Decca Music Group Limited / Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd.)

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Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67 (Sergei Prokofiev)

1
Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67
Frank Phillips
00:24:47

Frank Phillips, Narrator - London Philharmonic Orchestra - Nicolai Malko, Conductor - Sergei Prokofiev, Composer

℗ 1950 Decca Music Group Limited

Symphony No. 5 In B-flat Major, Op. 100 (Sergei Prokofiev)

2
1. Andante
Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
00:12:13

Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra - Erik Tuxen, Conductor - Sergei Prokofiev, Composer

℗ 1952 Decca Music Group Limited

3
2. Allegro marcato
Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
00:07:54

Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra - Erik Tuxen, Conductor - Sergei Prokofiev, Composer

℗ 1952 Decca Music Group Limited

4
3. Adagio
Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
00:10:30

Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra - Erik Tuxen, Conductor - Sergei Prokofiev, Composer

℗ 1952 Decca Music Group Limited

5
4. Allegro giocoso
Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
00:09:21

Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra - Erik Tuxen, Conductor - Sergei Prokofiev, Composer

℗ 1952 Decca Music Group Limited

Lieutenant Kijé, Symphonic Suite, Op. 60 (Sergei Prokofiev)

6
1. Naissance de Kijé
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
00:03:26

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Sir Adrian Boult, Conductor - Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - James Walker, Producer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer - Roy Wallace, Recording Engineer

℗ 1956 Decca Music Group Limited

7
2. Romance
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
00:03:31

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Sir Adrian Boult, Conductor - Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - James Walker, Producer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer - Roy Wallace, Recording Engineer

℗ 1956 Decca Music Group Limited

8
3. Noces de Kijé
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
00:02:44

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Sir Adrian Boult, Conductor - Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - James Walker, Producer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer - Roy Wallace, Recording Engineer

℗ 1956 Decca Music Group Limited

9
4. Troïka
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
00:02:35

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Sir Adrian Boult, Conductor - Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - James Walker, Producer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer - Roy Wallace, Recording Engineer

℗ 1956 Decca Music Group Limited

10
5. Enterrement de Kijé
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
00:05:13

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Sir Adrian Boult, Conductor - Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - James Walker, Producer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Balance Engineer - Roy Wallace, Recording Engineer

℗ 1956 Decca Music Group Limited

The Love for Three Oranges, Symphonic Suite, Op. 33bis (Sergei Prokofiev)

11
1. The Ridiculous People
London Philharmonic Orchestra
00:03:20

London Philharmonic Orchestra - Sir Adrian Boult, Conductor - Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - James Walker, Recording Producer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Recording Engineer - Roy Wallace, Recording Engineer

℗ 1957 Decca Music Group Limited

12
2. Infernal Scene
London Philharmonic Orchestra
00:03:43

London Philharmonic Orchestra - Sir Adrian Boult, Conductor - Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - James Walker, Recording Producer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Recording Engineer - Roy Wallace, Recording Engineer

℗ 1957 Decca Music Group Limited

13
3. March
London Philharmonic Orchestra
00:01:41

London Philharmonic Orchestra - Sir Adrian Boult, Conductor - Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - James Walker, Recording Producer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Recording Engineer - Roy Wallace, Recording Engineer

℗ 1957 Decca Music Group Limited

14
4. Scherzo
London Philharmonic Orchestra
00:01:27

London Philharmonic Orchestra - Sir Adrian Boult, Conductor - Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - James Walker, Recording Producer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Recording Engineer - Roy Wallace, Recording Engineer

℗ 1957 Decca Music Group Limited

15
5. The Prince and the Princess
London Philharmonic Orchestra
00:04:37

London Philharmonic Orchestra - Sir Adrian Boult, Conductor - Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - James Walker, Recording Producer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Recording Engineer - Roy Wallace, Recording Engineer

℗ 1957 Decca Music Group Limited

16
6. The Escape
London Philharmonic Orchestra
00:02:20

London Philharmonic Orchestra - Sir Adrian Boult, Conductor - Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - James Walker, Recording Producer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Recording Engineer - Roy Wallace, Recording Engineer

℗ 1957 Decca Music Group Limited

Russian Overture, Op. 72 (Sergei Prokofiev)

17
Russian Overture, Op. 72
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
00:12:52

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Jean Martinon, Conductor - Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Michael Williamson, Producer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Recording Engineer - Ken Cress, Recording Engineer

℗ 1959 Decca Music Group Limited

Symphony No. 7 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131 (Sergei Prokofiev)

18
1. Moderato
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
00:09:46

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Jean Martinon, Conductor - Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Michael Williamson, Producer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Recording Engineer - Ken Cress, Recording Engineer

℗ 1959 Decca Music Group Limited

19
2. Allegretto
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
00:07:25

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Jean Martinon, Conductor - Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Michael Williamson, Producer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Recording Engineer - Ken Cress, Recording Engineer

℗ 1959 Decca Music Group Limited

20
3. Andante espressivo
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
00:05:44

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Jean Martinon, Conductor - Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Michael Williamson, Producer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Recording Engineer - Ken Cress, Recording Engineer

℗ 1959 Decca Music Group Limited

21
4. Vivace
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
00:08:02

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Jean Martinon, Conductor - Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Michael Williamson, Producer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Recording Engineer - Ken Cress, Recording Engineer

℗ 1959 Decca Music Group Limited

Album Description

A kaleidoscopic collection of orchestral Prokofiev in the 1950s, as recorded by Decca engineers in London, Paris and Copenhagen, featuring both rarities and classics.
Once upon a time Peter and the Wolf was the best known of them, with six recordings to its credit in the days before LP. On this Kingsway Hall recording from 1949, the BBC announcer Frank Phillips told the story, with the experienced Prokofiev conductor Nikolai Malko making a rare appearance on Decca. Nowadays the Fifth Symphony is far more frequently heard in concert; this taut and thrilling 1952 account is the work of the Danish conductor Erik Tuxen, a legendary interpreter of Sibelius and his fellow countryman Nielsen.
Three years later in June 1955, Sir Adrian Boult made his first stereo recording, of the Love for Three Oranges Suite with the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra. This was originally issued in mono with the Lieutenant Kijé Suite played by the Philharmonia Orchestra because the latter recording was mono only – whereas the present reissue now presents Oranges in its stereo version. Boult’s dry wit points up the sardonic qualities of both suites.
Despite its title, Russian Overture from 1936 does not straightforwardly conform to principles of Soviet nationalism in music with its abrupt cuts from comic capers to sweeping Russian melody. Written like so much of Prokofiev’s music with tongue in cheek, it makes an apt companion on disc for his final symphony, the Seventh. These were recorded in November 1957 (and originally issued on the RCA ‘Living Stereo’ label) by the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra conducted by Jean Martinon, who had done much to promote the conductor’s music outside his Russian homeland. The Seventh is a deceptively simple work, imbued with a melancholy and nostalgia somewhat obscured by the ‘fake’ ending contrived to the symphony for it to win official approval (and which is played here). (© Decca Music Group Limited / Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd.)

Details of original recording : Kingsway Hall, London, UK, 6 December 1949 (Peter and the Wolf); 27–29 June 1955 (The Love for Three Oranges); La Maison de la Mutualité, Paris, France, 9 June 1955 (Lieutenant Kijé), 29, 30 October & 2 November 1957 (Symphony No.7, Russian Overture); Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark, 9 October 1952 (Symphony No.5)

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