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Alexander Nevsky Enhanced, Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (November 12, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Soundtrack
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000003G5Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,833 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prelude
2. The 13th Century
3. Plescheyevo Lake (Song About Alexander Nevsky)
4. Pskov In Flames
5. 'Death To The Blasphemer!' (Pereginus expectavi)
6. Arise, People Of Russia
7. The Teutonic Camp (Pereginus expectavi)
8. Nevsky's Camp: Night Before The Battle
9. The Battle On The Ice: April 5, 1242 (Perigrinus expectavi)
10. The Battle On The Ice: Fight For Russia!
11. The Battle On The Ice: Spears And Arrows (Perigrinus expectavi)
12. The Battle On The Ice: The Duel With The Grand Master
13. The Battle On The Ice: The Battle Is Won
14. The Battle On The Ice: The Ice Breaks
15. The Field Of The Dead
16. Pskov: ProcessionOf The Fallen And Judgement Of The Prisoners
17. 'And Now Let's Celebrate!'
18. Final Chorus

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The cantata that Prokofiev made of his score for Eisenstein's film Alexander Nevsky has long been recognized as an effective piece of programmatic music. In recent years there has been new interest in old films, and Nevsky--actually a very heavy-handed anti-German propaganda piece--is no exception. Unfortunately, the soundtrack was utterly dreadful, recorded with the worst of Soviet technology (which is saying something), and badly performed by a small ensemble. John Goberman, the executive producer of this disc, and orchestrator William D. Brohn reconstructed the score from the cantata and from the original soundtrack itself. The result is both impressive and instructive, although unlikely to replace the cantata in the hearts of most listeners. This disc is an enhanced CD, with CD-ROM aspects that are among the best produced in the classical music field to date. Chief among the enhancements is a clip of scenes from the movie that makes it look much better than it actually is. This disc is a winner in every respect. --Sarah Bryan Miller

Customer Reviews

I'm going to try out the Abbado recording, which has been well reviewed.
Lawrence H. Passmore
The 'Alexander Nevsky' film score by Sergei Prokofiev for the Sergei Eisenstein film of the same name is a great combination of musical and cinematic arts.
B. Marold
Follow this with the video release of the film with this performance in the soundtrack, as was originally done.
Dr. Steven Karataglidis

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Becaue of its spectacular sonics, and because it includes so much more of the film score than the cantata Prokofiev extracted for concert performances, this is a great Nevsky, ultra-dramatic and performed with real Russian fire. I dont listen to Nevsky very often, but when I do I reach for this reading or the live Stokowski on Music and Arts, which is of the cantata. Anyway, this performance leaves Reiner and Abbado in the dust.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Geers on January 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
five stars. The singing is excellent. I do not understand Russian, but this record sure makes you wanting to. The book enclosed is perfect. Did I mention the high quality music Are you looking for Hollywood, please this is not for you Are you looking for craftmanship and nothing else, this one is for you
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Stephens on June 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Sergei Prokofiev's "Alexander Nevsky" score is well worth hearing for the material left out of the cantata. Admittedly, the cantata contains all the important parts of the music and is more disciplined in form. It also contains a unique revision in the "Battle on the Ice" movement.

But if you can live without that revision (and you can), there's a more enjoyable quality to hearing the full score. For one thing, the pace is more relaxed. In the cantata, the battle music seems too crowded and crammed together. In the score it is stretched out. The cantata also lacks the very interesting percussion music that accompanies Nevsky as he fights the leader of the Tartars.

Some of the music is repeated, because that is how it worked out on film. On CD this may be somewhat unnecessary, but it's not a big deal anyhow. One of the distractions on this "complete recording" is the inclusion of some of the movies battle scene sounds of sword clashing etc. This interrrupts the continuity of the music and is somewhat aggravating.

But there's more to enjoy than to critisize. Especially for someone new to classical music, this CD will make a great impact. The sound is a bit distant, but I believe this quibble is fixed in RCA's recent re-release of this performance.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I don't agree with most of Emerson Paubel's review. Yes, this soundtrack is a tad longer than I'd prefer. But really, what did Paubel expect from an epic? The music is sumptuous. The imagery communicated is always expressive and often stupendous. The sound quality, especially in the rumbling basses jumps out and grabs you. I do agree with Paubel's view that "The Battle on the Ice" is a great cut, but it's certainly nothing close to being the only one. When you buy this CD, be realistic about what it is: the soundtrack of a Russian epic on an emotional par with the Turner production of "Gettysburg" in 1993, and you won't be go wrong.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Oldog_Oltrix on September 11, 2010
Format: Audio CD
OK, a crash course in Alexander Nevsky 101. It was written for the soundtrack of a magnificent 1938 film. There are two versions of the music, (1) performances of the movie soundtrack score and (2) performances of a cantata or suite that Prokofiev wrote summarizing the movie score. This CD has the soundtrack score, not just the cantata.

A recording of Yuri Temirkinov and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic is THE Alexander Nevsky CD to own, regardless of what other versions you may already have in your library. The highly-regarded recordings of the 20th century sound a bit tired and dated compared to these presentations by Temirkinov and his performers!

Also, because this was recorded specifically to upgrade the sound for a new release of the movie, you'll probably get a few sound effects thrown in here and there (swordplay, etc.). I say "probably" because there are multiple releases of this Temirkinov performance, and I have yet to figure out what the differences are. In today's marketplace, RCA has a 1995 CD, a 1996 "enhanced" CD (I own this one) and a 2004 "remastered" CD.

FWIW, for the cantata (not the soundtrack score) the Alexander Nevsky recording to own is the magnificent 2003 recording from Philips, by Conductor Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet Theater Orchestra, also from St. Petersburg. Temirkinov and Gergiev are both razor-sharp interpreters of Prokofiev's theatrical music!

Interesting but not surprising that today's two finest Alexander Nevsky recordings should both come from the musicians of St. Petersburg.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This CD is good, and if you want the multimedia, you won't find it on other recordings.
Only one complaint, but it's major: The shrieking violins that are heard as the Germans ride across the frozen lake are treated as an accent to the bassoons and the rest of the orchestra. They are almost in the background.
They should be right out in front, good and loud, sending chills down your spine! This is the only recording of Nevsky I have heard treat it that way, and if you've grown up hearing it the "right" way, it's a bit anticlimactic.
If you put a good recording of this in, and drive on an uncrowded freeway, check your speedometer half-way through the ride across the lake. Mine's usually around 90!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Steven Karataglidis on November 27, 1999
Format: Audio CD
For lovers of Russian music, this CD of the complete Alexander Nevsky as written for the film is a must. The recording by RCA is of demonstration quality and the performance is first rate. Follow this with the video release of the film with this performance in the soundtrack, as was originally done.
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