Neeme Järvi

Prokofiev: Peter & the Wolf; Cinderella Ballet Suite

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The novelty of this version of Peter and the Wolf is the narrator: Lina Prokofiev, the composer's wife, whom he abandoned in 1948. She had a thoroughly cosmopolitan upbringing, and she had a precocious knack for languages, so it would be impossible to tell from this recording that she was not a native English speaker. She was in her late eighties when she made this recording, and she sounds warmly grandmotherly. The performance by the Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Neeme Järvi is overly careful and scrupulous. The exquisitely controlled precision that Järvi brings to the score feels out of place in a piece whose subject is a folk-like tale about the adventures of a rambunctious boy. If Järvi could have brought some loose-limbed spontaneity and a sense of fun to the piece, while maintaining the high standards of the playing, this would have been a far more persuasive performance. His ear for detail and nuance are perfectly suited to the romantic score of Cinderella, and when he brings it to the stellar Scottish National Orchestra, the result is a luminous performance of music from the ballet. Chandos' sound captures the details of the performances with clarity and warmth.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Peter and the Wolf, children's tale for narrator & orchestra, Op. 67
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0:27
2
0:11
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0:20
4
0:16
5
0:16
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0:16
7
0:19
8
0:16
9
1:05
10
1:41
11
1:07
12
0:17
13
0:41
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0:20
15
0:34
16
0:29
17
0:16
18
0:09
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0:19
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0:18
21
1:10
22
0:33
23
0:40
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1:16
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0:28
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0:15
27
0:16
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1:00
29
0:22
30
0:09
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0:26
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0:49
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0:21
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0:12
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0:21
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0:12
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0:13
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0:32
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0:40
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0:28
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0:22
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0:15
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0:37
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0:18
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0:39
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0:09
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0:09
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1:16
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0:50
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0:06
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0:15
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0:39
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0:59
54
1:09
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0:27
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0:56
Cinderella, Suite No. 1 for orchestra, Op. 107
57
3:00
58
3:13
Cinderella, Suite No. 3 for orchestra, Op. 109
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3:58
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4:39
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1:27
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4:06
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2:29
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3:33
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