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Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5
Serge Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Symphony No. 5 in B flat, Op. 100 (1944)
1. Andante (13:23)
2. Allegro marcato (8:31)
3. Adagio (11:41)
4. Allegro giocoso (9:15)
5. Ode to the End of the War, Op. 105 (1945) (14:17)
Vladimir Jurowski, conductor

Pentatone 5186083 (2007)

Acclaim for Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5

"The superlative playing of the [Russian National Orchestra] is supported by PentaTone's usual high standard of recording quality."

Audiophile Audition (February 2008)

Five-Star Recording
"Conductor Vladimir Jurowski grasps all facets of the Russian composer’s music, and the fine Russian National Orchestra responds to his direction splendidly... The strings sound rich and play virtuosically; the brass can be mellow, yet snarl when asked to do so. It all adds up to a five-star recording of this work. [The] recording of the Ode to the End of the War...does a great job of conveying Prokofiev’s exotic scoring... It is, in short an ideal recording that I don’t think anything could improve."

Ultra Audio (February 2008) [more]

"The RNO has proven itself over recent years as an ensemble worthy of significant international attention... Somehow romantic yet economical, grandiose yet with the intimate ambience of chamber music, Jurowski and the RNO sculpt a remarkable interpretation of this epic warhorse. Jurowski stays away from any sense of the mechanical rigidity so often heard in other versions, while razor-sharp technique and disciplined ensemble playing through all sections of the orchestra make Jurowski's tempo fluctuations seem organic and convincing... A fresh and insightful approach to a standard, this recording is highly recommended for veterans and newcomers alike. "

Scena.org (January 2008) [more]

"This is a superb disc. Vladimir Jurowski's Prokofiev Fifth is one of the most impressive readings of this great symphony to have come my way in a very long time... Jurowski has... rhythmic energy, symphonic strength, immensely expressive lyricism and an ear for detail and precision where necessary. The Russian National Orchestra plays magnificently for him and the recording does them proud, with sound of spectacular immediacy and richness... a very serious candidate for a prime recommendation. Everything feels completely right.... An inspiring and quite marvelous new reading of the Fifth Symphony, captured in sound of breathtaking fidelity."

International Record Review (January 2008)

"Somehow romantic yet economical, grandiose yet with the intimate ambience of chamber music, Jurowski and the RNO sculpt a remarkable interpretation of this epic warhorse. Jurowski stays away from any sense of the mechanical rigidity so often heard in other versions, while razor-sharp technique and disciplined ensemble playing through all sections of the orchestra make Jurowski's tempo fluctuations seem organic and convincing. ... full marks to both the musicians and the recording team at PentaTone. A fresh and insightful approach to a standard, this recording is highly recommended for veterans and newcomers alike."

Scena.org (January 2008) [more]

Five out of five stars
"Taken at a hard lick, as it too often is, Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony can be seen as a coarse wartime brute. Vladimir Jurowski, working with the superb Russian National Orchestra, knows better. He shapes with thoughtfulness and feeling; speeds are controlled. Subtleties lost in Gergiev's bull charge bloom. A magnificent recording; and the neglected Ode to the End of the War makes a tasty extra."

The Times (London) (December 2007)

"Vladimir Jurowski and the Russian National Orchestra give persuasive, thrilling accounts of two works in Serge Prokofiev’s richest vein... Jurowski conducts both scores with a scintillating sense of rhythm that serves the music very well. "

Atlanta Audio Society (December 2007) [more]

"...[a] brilliant performance of Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5... Fine, bright sound from Pentatone."

Classical CD Review (November 2007)

"The Russian National Orchestra sounds brilliantly incisive under Mr. Jurowski in Prokofiev's wartime symphony."

Dallas Morning News (November 2007)