|Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5, The Year 1941|
Label: NAXOS Catalog: 8573029 Format: CD
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 & The Year 1941
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100
The Year 1941, Op. 90
São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop
Written in 1944, Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony is one of his greatest and most complete symphonic statements. At its première he himself called it “a symphony of the grandeur of the human spirit”. The first movement couples considerable strength with unexpected yet highly characteristic twists of melody. After a violent scherzo followed by a slow movement of sustained lyricism, with a fiercely dramatic middle section, the finale blazes with barely suppressed passion. The Year 1941 is another wartime work, a symphonic suite written in response to the German invasion of the Soviet Union. This is the first volume of a complete cycle of the Prokofiev Symphonies with the OSESP and Marin Alsop, the orchestra’s newly appointed Principal Conductor.