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News - Prokofiev: "Alexander Nevsky" Reconstructed

Capriccio SACD 71014
Saturday, April 1, 2006
On 16 October 2003, Sergei Prokofiev’s 1938 film score to Sergei Eisenstein’s masterpiece Alexander Nevsky was performed live in concert, with the film, at the Berlin Konzerthaus. This screening featured the first performance of a newly reconstructed score that closely follows Prokofiev’s original intentions. Now, Capriccio Records has released a world premiere recording from that historic concert, featuring mezzo-soprano Marina Domaschenko, the Ernst-Sonff-Chor, and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin conducted by Frank Strobel (who edited the reconstruction).

There have been numerous attempts to present Alexander Nevsky with live orchestra. However, the only published music available was the 35-minute Alexander Nevsky Cantata, a concert adaptation that differs greatly from the film score. Based on extensive analysis of the film’s soundtrack and examination of the composer’s manuscript, short score and sketches, the new reconstruction reliably reproduces Prokofiev’s original scoring for the film.

Alexander Nevsky 50'
Mezzo-soprano; SATB
3(pic).3(ca).5(Ebcl, 2bcl).4sx.3(cbn)/6+shofar.7+flg.4(btbn).2/timp.3[+]perc/

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