Prize for Prokofiev CD
Brussels Philharmonic's newest CD and music director Stéphane Denève have been distinguished by a CHOC prize from the prestigious French magazine Classica.
The latest CD of Brussels Philharmonic and music director Stéphane Denève have been awarded a CHOC by the prestigious French magazine Classica. ‘Prokofiev: Romantic Suites’ is the orchestra's second recording for the more than 100-year-old label Deutsche Grammophon. Brussels Philharmonic is the first symphonic orchestra in Belgium to work with this record label.
Classica has awarded the CD ‘Prokofiev: Romantic Suites’ with a prestigious CHOC. The French music magazine praises the intensity of Denève’s conducting and the accuracy of the orchestra. According to Classica, the tragic moments recall the likes of Gergiev (Philips) or Jansons (EMI), and the impressive final Midnight challenges the imagination of the listener in suites that rightfully carry the title "romantic".
For its second recording with the more than 100-year-old Deutsche Grammophon, the orchestra opted for the ballet music of Sergei Prokofiev. Denève’s touch is clearly noticeable: he created a new musical dramaturgy, choosing from the existing suites, giving rise to new and exciting combinations.
Stéphane Denève, music director Brussels Philharmonic:
"I have always felt very close to Prokofiev's music, it is therefore an immense joy for me to be able to propose, thanks to the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label, my own suites of two of his most marvellous ballets: Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella. The Brussels Philharmonic and myself want to offer a narrative journey, a romantic vision of those pieces, speaking to the senses and imagination. I hope that this recording will inspire reverie and evoke exalted emotions, in one word: infinite romanticism!”
In 2016, the Philharmonic recorded 'Connesson: Pour sortir au jour' for Deutsche Grammophon. That recording won a Diapason d’or of the year, a CHOC de Classica of the year and a Caecilia prize.
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Romeo and Juliet:
1) Montagues and Capulets [01’29]
2) Minuet [02’48]
3) Juliet the Child [04’01]
4) Masks [02’03]
5) Knights Dance [04’26]
6) Balcony Scene [07’28]
7) Friar Laurence [02’21]
8) Death of Tybalt [05’00]
9) Romeo at Juliet's Tomb [06’19]
10) Juliet's Death [02’47]
11) Introduction [02’49]
12) Shawl Dance [03’11]
13) Interrupted Departure [00’58]
14) Clock Scene [01’31]
15) Dance of the Prince [1’21]
16) Cinderella's Arrival at the Ball - Grand Walz [08’33]
17) Promenade - First Galop of the Prince - The Father [02’44]
18) Amoroso [02’51]
19) Cinderella's Departure for the Ball [02’51]
20) Midnight [02’26]
Brussels Philharmonic | Stéphane Denève, conductor | recorded at Studio 4 (Flagey) in Brussels
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