Erich Leinsdorf conducts Prokofiev [6 CD set]

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Erich Leinsdorf conducts Prokofiev [6 CD set]
John Browning (piano) Erick Friedman (violin) / Boston Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf

[ Sony Classical Masters / 6 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Friday 20 May 2011

"All the hard work RCA have put in on their methods of recording the Boston Symphony seems to have been well worth while. The orchestral sound is splendidly solid but not thick, with excellent internal balance and a very full dynamic range." Gramophone

"There is the characteristic Boston sheen on the sound, and a fine care for balance, and though Leinsdorf sometimes shies away from utter tenderness, the range of emotional expression is wider, I think, than in many previous Leinsdorf records. One could never call this a cold interpretation for Prokofiev's half-concealed emotional vein finds Leinsdorf in complete sympathy. The recording is among RCA's most brilliant."
(Gramophopne on Romeo and Juliet)

"Leinsdorf and the Boston orchestra offer a thoroughly enjoyable account of a popular suite: the one Prokofiev put together from his Lieutenant Kjé film score, recorded here in the version with a baritone soloist (who sings in Russian) in the second and fourth movements."
(Gramophone on Lietuenant Kiji)

"Erick Friedman has all the virtuosity, as one would expect from a protégé of Heifetz, plus plenty of lyrical warmth. He is superbly accompanied by Leinsdorf and the Boston orchestra and the recording and balance are first rate. Whenever there is figuration in the solo part, you can hear what is going on in the orchestra: and that is saying something of a concerto recording. So far-superb." (Gramophone on the Violin Concerto)

"..here at last is a version of one of the best of these symphonies (the finest Prokofiev ever wrote, I think) which stands comparison with any of its predecessors... the recording is fully worthy of the performance-clearly and naturally balanced." (Gramophone on Symphony No 6)

"All the hard work RCA have put in on their methods of recording the Boston Symphony Orchestra seems to have been well worth while. The orchestral sound on this disc is splendidly solid but not thick, with excellent internal balance and a very full dynamic range." (Gramophone on Symphony No 5)

Tracks:

Symphony No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40
Symphony No. 6 in E flat minor, Op. 111
Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 44
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100
Piano Concertos Nos. 1 - 5 (Complete)
(with John Browning, piano)
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19
(with Erick Friedman, violin)
Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63
(with Itzhak Perlman, violin)
Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 - excerpts
Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60
(with David Clatworthy, baritone)