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Classics orchestral suites by Prokofiev and Khachaturian under Dmitri Kitajenko’s baton at OehmsClassics

On a double CD the Munich label OehmsClassics has released recordings of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dmitri Kitayenko of Sergei Prokofiev’s “Summer Night” op. 123 and the Scythian Suite op. 20 as well as Aram Khachaturian’s “Masquerade” or “Spartacus” Suite. This is already the third recording of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra for OehmsClassics.

The Suite “Summer Night” op. 123 is based on a passage from Prokofiev’s opera “The Engagement in a Monastery”, which resulted in such a magnificent new production at the Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden in spring 2019. Created in 1946, the opera ties in stylistically with “The Love of Three Oranges” and is a play of intrigue and confusion in the style of the 18th century. Prokofiev's early Scythian Suite, on the other hand, originated from his ballet “Ala and Lolly”.

Aram Khachaturian's popular suite "Masquerade" is juxtaposed on this CD release with the suite from his ballet music “Spartacus”, depicting the ancient historical figure and his uprising of the slaves against Rome. A slave himself, Spartacus had successfully rebelled against the cruelty practised by the Romans and united his oppressed fellow sufferers into an army. In the battles that had initially begun successfully, however, he was ultimately defeated, not least due to the overwhelming logistics of his gigantic project leading him inevitably to make the wrong decisions in the most crucial situations. The “Masquerade” suite was composed in 1941 as an accompaniment to Michail Lermontov’s eponymous piece.

On the CD:
Sergei Prokofiev:
“Summer Night” Suite, op. 123
Scythian Suite op. 20
Aram Khachaturian:
Suite “Masquerade”
Suite from “Spartacus”
Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Dmitri Kitayenko
OC 471 (2 CDs)

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