Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 [download]
Catalogue Number LSO0363-D
Released 3 March 2023
Producer Nicholas Parker
Engineers Classic Sound Ltd
Recorded live January & February 2020, Barbican Hall, London
Stereo FLAC 24 bit 96 kHz
Stereo MP3 320 kbps
'Noseda and the LSO achieved a good balance here between accentuating the wit and edge, whilst maintaining ‘classical’ precision and simplicity, avoiding simplistic pastiche.
‘The sureness of musical characterisation really does give a feeling of discovering the work for the first time, with the finale’s busy inventiveness sparklingly captured.’
Performance ★★★★ Recording ★★★★
– BBC Music Magazine
‘The firmly grounded, weighted sonority makes this sound like a real symphony, not a flashy throwaway.’
– Positive Feedback
‘To judge from this new recording of Symphony No.1 (“Classical”), [Gianandrea Noseda]’s got a strong feeling for the music’s play of impish character and unpretentious lyricism.’
– Arts Fuse
Gianandrea Noseda, London Symphony Orchestra
The past and the contemporary meet on this album, as Gianandrea Noseda conducts Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1—at once something entirely new, yet reaching back to a time gone by.
For his first symphony, Prokofiev, in characteristic style, decided to do the opposite of what was expected of him. The work was composed in 1917, but instead of capturing the turbulence of Revolutionary Russia, Prokofiev kept the work at a distance from political upheaval, making Haydn and Mozart his muses, and writing a work that sparkles with wit, buoyancy and playfulness.
|Performers||London Symphony Orchestra|
1. I. Allegro
2. II. Larghetto
3. III. Gavotta. Non troppo allegro
4. IV. Finale. Molto vivace