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Alexander Nevsky [Enhanced, Soundtrack]

S. Prokofiev Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • 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: #164,018 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

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bombshell! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars expensive but worth it very much January 13, 2006
By Geers
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite sterling, but very good November 1, 2003
By A Customer
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nevsky: a great score for classical newbies 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the best Nevsky recording. July 30, 2000
By A Customer
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great supplement to the Cantata version December 21, 2012
Format:Audio CD
If you love this score as I do then you will certainly want to own this reconstruction of the film-track as it presents a somewhat different experience from the Cantata we normally hear in concert halls. Prokofiev devised the latter for performance in 1939, the year after the release of the film, as a fully orchestrated version of seven movements, having somewhat condensed and streamlined the film-score to create a more cohesive work.

This reconstruction is more episodic and fragmented in that it follows the action of the famous film but is also furnished with an overture derived from music in the Cantata. Owing to the inclusion in particular of extended battle music (including flights of arrows and the percussive duel with the Grans Master), a couple of brief, atmospheric excerpts from the original filmtrack of the sounds of battle, and a slightly re-orchestrated version of the dissonant Breaking of the Ice, it provides us with about ten minutes more music than we usually hear. The producer and arranger were not afraid to take a few minor liberties to transform the original score for reduced orchestra into a something which works when played by a larger band in a concert hall and for the most part their decisions really come off.

However, despite the claims of a few previous reviewers that this version "leaves Abbado and Reiner in the dust" - I don't think this arrangement is all gain over those accounts. Abbado, Reiner and Schippers all manage to generate more bite and tension in the jagged, falling semitone figure with in the charging horses and onset of battle are figured and in truth the LSO and the New York Philaharmonic are superior outfits to the St Petersburg Philharmonic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surpurb Piece!
When I heard a part of this on the local FM radio in my area just outside Washington, D.C. I just had to go to my computer and look up the radio station to see what the piece was... Read more
Published 4 months ago by jc
4.0 out of 5 stars Alexander Nevsky
Most enjoyable. My wife, who is blind, plays this very frequently. We have found this to be a great work and one we learned about only recently. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Harry
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this score, and nice that it is complete.
Have been to two performances of this film with the score done live, and it is amazing how brilliant this music is, and the film is so much better with the sound corrected-wish... Read more
Published 16 months ago by J. D. Heise
4.0 out of 5 stars A great supplement to the Cantata version
If you love this score as I do then you will certainly want to own this reconstruction of the film-track as it presents a somewhat different experience from the Cantata we normally... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ralph Moore
1.0 out of 5 stars 1 star as stereo music. 4 stars as movie music.
NOTE: This review is ONLY for the version sold as BMG 09026-68642-2. That number is also on the disk, in very small type. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Barthbill
5.0 out of 5 stars "Arise, People Of Russia"
I don't own the enhanced version of this CD, but I'm very happy with the regular version. The music paints the images of this story extremely well. Read more
Published on December 31, 2010 by Emily
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Alexander Nevsky Recordings on the Market !!!
OK, a crash course in Alexander Nevsky 101. It was written for the soundtrack of a magnificent 1938 film. Read more
Published on September 11, 2010 by Oldog_Oltrix
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Alexander Nevsky Recordings on the Market !!!
OK, a crash course in Alexander Nevsky 101. It was written for the soundtrack of a magnificent 1938 film. Read more
Published on September 11, 2010 by Oldog_Oltrix
5.0 out of 5 stars Prokofiev's great film score
Sergei Prokofiev's "Alexander Nevsky" score is well worth hearing for the material left out of the cantata. Read more
Published on June 17, 2008 by Samuel Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars Sergei Eisenstein's Alexander Nevesky
I own this recording on laser disk, 1994, with the modern orchestral recording in sync with the 1938 film. When will this recording be available on DVD?
Published on November 28, 2006 by Spencer L. Hinkle
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