Label: Мелодия - С-0153-4 • Format: Vinyl LP • Country: USSR • Genre: Classical •
Sergei Prokofiev wrote his Symphony No. The music derives from Prokofiev's opera The Fiery Angela touching love story set against the backdrop of demonic possession. Prokofiev, who had been working on the opera for years, was reluctant to let the music languish unperformed, and after hearing a concert performance of its second Roussel* / Chausson*, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra*, Zdeněk Košler - Le Festin De L’araignee / Symph given by Serge Koussevitzky in Junehe adapted parts of the opera to make his third symphony shortly afterwards, he drew on his ballet The Prodigal Son for his Symphony No.
Though the music of the symphony is based on that of the opera, the material is developed symphonically; the symphony is therefore absolute rather than programmatic. The first movement, in traditional sonata formopens with clashing chords played by the whole orchestra, along with tolling bells, setting a mood of threat and unrest. An impassioned first theme enters on strings, while a melancholy second theme on bassoons and lower strings provides contrast.
The climactic development section follows, finding space for a third theme, which eventually combines with the first two themes. After a grave climax with gigantic orchestral chords and a last "struggle" in marching rhythms, the ethereal recapitulation ensues, in which the first and second themes are integrated, Sergei Prokofiev - Symphony No.
3 much reduced and played softer, as if only the shadow of what was before remains. The second movement, a meditative andante with a tripartite structure, displays Prokofiev's talent in creating fragile, gossamer textures. The central section is more brooding in nature, with the theme consisting of semitones. In the third movement, we hear hybrid elements from both of the movements that preceded it: though the textures are lighter than in the first movement, the sense of foreboding is back, as dithering strings create a chilling effect.
They are intensified by insistent announcements from the brass choir and bass drum. Finally, in the fourth movement, Prokofiev reprises musical Sergei Prokofiev - Symphony No. 3 from earlier in the symphony, beginning at a comfortable andante pace Sergei Prokofiev - Symphony No. 3 gradually accelerating. The themes of the opening movement are threaded into the narrative before the Third comes to rest on a fearsome juggernaut of violent chords.
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