Theodore Kuchar / Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra

Prokofiev: Cinderella Suites Nos. 1-3; Scythian Suite; On the Dnieper

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Sumptuous and tender-hearted, voluptuous and exquisitely beautiful, Theodore Kuchar and the Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra's 1994 recording of the three suites from Prokofiev's ballet Cinderella could only be improved if there were more of it. And the only way there could be more of it would be if Kuchar and the U.S.S.O. had recorded the whole ballet. But not only are the excerpts extremely well played and supremely persuasively interpreted, they each make sense in context of the suites so that each suite forms a compelling whole rather than a collection of concert hall favorites. Besides, if Kuchar and the U.S.S.O. had recorded the whole Cinderella ballet, there wouldn't be room on the second disc for what the English so charmingly call fillers. And the fillers are just as fine in their way as the Cinderella suites are in theirs. Kuchar and the U.S.S.O.'s Scythian Suite is the first recording of the work that makes it sound lovely and lyrical, or at least as lyrical and lovely as such an ungainly and awkward work could ever sound. And Kuchar and the U.S.S.O.'s suite from On the Dnieper is far and away the most polished, passionate, and compelling performance of the work ever recorded, which would probably be true even if there were more than two other recordings of the work. Naxos' sound is superb: clear, warm, and immediate.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Cinderella, Suite No. 1 for orchestra, Op. 107
1 02:57 Amazon
2 04:00 Amazon
3 03:41 Amazon
4 05:19 Amazon
5 05:52 Amazon
6 02:59 Amazon
7 02:44 Amazon
8 02:09 Amazon
Cinderella, Suite No. 2 for orchestra, Op. 108
9 03:55 Amazon
10 06:04 Amazon
11 04:05 Amazon
12 01:41 Amazon
13 08:21 Amazon
14 05:01 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Cinderella, Suite No. 3 for orchestra, Op. 109
1 04:14 Amazon
2 04:40 Amazon
3 01:24 Amazon
4 04:19 Amazon
5 02:16 Amazon
6 01:50 Amazon
7 04:43 Amazon
8 03:23 Amazon
Scythian Suite, for orchestra, Op. 20
9 05:55 Amazon
10 03:08 Amazon
11 07:02 Amazon
12 05:43 Amazon
On the Dnieper (Sur le Borysthène), ballet, Op. 51
13 03:17 Amazon
14 03:07 Amazon
15 07:00 Amazon
16 02:36 Amazon
17 04:26 Amazon
18 02:01 Amazon
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