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Mariss Jansons
conducts Prokofiev -
heard by
STEPHEN FRANCIS VASTA

'... round and solidly grounded ...'

Prokofiev: Symphony No 5 - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Jansons. © 2016 Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest

Early in the digital era and in his career, Mariss Jansons recorded this symphony for Chandos, with the Leningrad Philharmonic (as it still was). The performance was concise, almost terse, with a tensile through-line — probably the most tautly organized since Szell's (Sony). It went immediately to my shortlist, though I never found a comparable enthusiasm for it elsewhere.

Now, three decades later, Jansons has returned to the scoredal vivo this time, rather than in the studio — with felicitous, though less striking, results...

Copyright © 12 January 2017 Stephen Francis Vasta,
New York, USA

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PROKOFIEV: SYMPHONY NO 5 - RCO / JANSONS

SERGEI PROKOFIEV

CONCERTGEBOUW

MARISS JANSONS

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

RUSSIA

AMSTERDAM

NETHERLANDS

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