Podcast: Prokofiev’s Fourth Symphony, Prodigal Son

8.573186Marin Alsop and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra continue their Naxos survey of the Symphonies by Prokofiev, with the new release of the Symphony No 4. Composed in 1930 for the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Fourth contains refashioned material from the earlier Prokofiev ballet based on the biblical tale of The Prodigal Son. The Symphony’s premiere received a cool response and Prokofiev revised it after returning to the USSR. It’s this later 1947 version that is featured on the new Naxos release, as well as the ballet The Prodigal Son. Now rightly considered one of his finest symphonies, the Fourth features many of the classic traits of Prokofiev – from the tender and lyrical, to the powerful, to his wonderful dance-like gifts. Here Rick Phillips walks us through this 20th century masterpiece.

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Catalogue No.: 8.573186