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Pietari Inkinenís brilliant recording of Prokofievís Symphonies No. 3 and 6 with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie

The recordings of Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphonies No. 3 and No. 6 by the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie under the baton of its principal conductor Pietari Inkinen are already two years old but have only recently been released on CD by the SWR Classics label. 

The 6th Symphony is the composer’s reaction to the horrors of war. After its premiere in 1947, the work initially met with enthusiastic approval, but was classified as “formalistic” by the cultural henchmen of the Stalin regime. It was only after Stalin's death that the work once more became the focus of many concert programmes. 

The Finnish conductor Inkinen powerfully brings out the sharpness of the 6th Symphony in the opening movement (Allegro moderato) and also leaves abundant space for the bitter-tinted exuberance in the finale (Vivace) of the three-movement work. A reviewer for the journal Fono Forum wrote of the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie’s recording under Inkinen’s conducting observed it as “sensitively sounded out, with many beautifully observed details, while keeping the large-scale form in good balance.” Indeed, the density and coherence of Inkinen's dramaturgical concept regarding the overall structure is of particular distinction in these interpretations of Prokofiev's early and late symphonies.

Prokofiev’s 3rd Symphony is closely related to his early opera “The Fiery Angel”. The composer makes extensive use of the opera's thematic material but processes it in sophisticated modifications.  

About the CD:

Sergei Prokofiev:
Symphony No. 3 and No. 6
German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra; Conductor: Pietari Inkinen

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