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Prokofiev: Cinderella / Summer Night Suite, Opp. 87,123

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Summer Night: 1. Introduction: Moderato, ma con brio
  2. Summer Night: 2. Serenade: Adagio
  3. Summer Night: 3. Minuet
  4. Summer Night: 4. Dreams (Nocturne): Andante tranquillo
  5. Summer Night: 5. Dance: Allegretto
  6. Cinderella - Act I: 1. Introduction - Andante dolce
  7. Cinderella - Act I: 2. Shawl Dance - Allegretto
  8. Cinderella - Act I: 3. Cinderella - Andante dolce
  9. Cinderella - Act I: 4. The Father - Andantino
  10. Cinderella - Act I: 5. The Fairy Godmother - Adagio
  11. Cinderella - Act I: 6. The Merchants And Sisters' New Clothes - Vivo
  12. Cinderella - Act I: 7. The Dancing Lesson - Allegretto
  13. Cinderella - Act I: 8. Departure Of The Stepmother And The Sister For The Ball - Vivo
  14. Cinderella - Act I: 9. Cinderella Dreams Of The Ball - Andante dolce
  15. Cinderella - Act I: 10. Gavotte - Allegretto
  16. Cinderella - Act I: 11. Second Appearance Of The Fairy Godmother - Adagio
  17. Cinderella - Act I: 12. Variation Of The Spring Fairy - Presto
  18. Cinderella - Act I: 13. Monologue Of The Summer Fairy - Andantino sognando
  19. Cinderella - Act I: 14. Grasshoppers And Dragonflies - Vivace con brio
  20. Cinderella - Act I: 15. Variation Of The Autumn Fairy - Allegro moderato
  21. Cinderella - Act I: 16. Variation Of The Winter Fairy - Allegro moderato
  22. Cinderella - Act I: 17. The Interrupted Departure - Vivo
  23. Cinderella - Act I: 18. Clock Scene - Allegro moderato
  24. Cinderella - Act I: 19. Cinderella's Departure For The Ball - Allegro espressivo

Disc: 2

  1. Cinderella - Act II: 20. Dance Of The Courtiers - Andante grazioso
  2. Cinderella - Act II: 21. Passepied - Allegretto
  3. Cinderella - Act II: 22. Cavaliers' Dance (Bourrée) - Allegro pesante e ben ritmato
  4. Cinderella - Act II: 23. Skinny's Variation - Allegretto
  5. Cinderella - Act II: 24. Dumpy's Variation - Allegretto carpriccioso
  6. Cinderella - Act II: 25. Dance Of The Courtiers - Andante grazioso
  7. Cinderella - Act II: 26. Mazurka And Entrance Of The Prince - Allegro
  8. Cinderella - Act II: 27. Variation Of The Prince's Four Companions - Allegro moderato
  9. Cinderella - Act II: 28. Mazurka - Allegro ma non troppo
  10. Cinderella - Act II: 29. Cinderella's Arrival At The Ball - Allegretto
  11. Cinderella - Act II: 30. Grand Waltz - Allegretto
  12. Cinderella - Act II: 31. Promenade - Allegro tranquillo
  13. Cinderella - Act II: 32. Cinderella's Variation - Allegro grazioso
  14. Cinderella - Act II: 33. The Prince's Variation - Andante con brio
  15. Cinderella - Act II: 34. Refreshments For The Guests - Moderato
  16. Cinderella - Act II: 35. Duet Of The Sisters With The Oranges - Allegro con brio
  17. Cinderella - Act II: 36. Duet Of The Prince And Cinderella - Adagio
  18. Cinderella - Act II: 37. Waltz-coda - Allegro espressivo
  19. Cinderella - Act II: 38. Midnight - Allegro moderato
  20. Cinderella - Act III: 39. The Prince And The Cobblers - Allegro scherzando
  21. Cinderella - Act III: 40. The Prince's First Galop - Presto
  22. Cinderella - Act III: 41. Temptation - Moderato
  23. Cinderella - Act III: 42. The Prince's Second Galop - Presto
  24. Cinderella - Act III: 43. Oriental Dance - Andante dolce
  25. Cinderella - Act III: 44. The Prince's Third Galop - Allegro marcato
  26. Cinderella - Act III: 45. Cinderella Awakes - Andante dolce
  27. Cinderella - Act III: 46. The Morning After the Ball - Allegretto capriccioso
  28. Cinderella - Act III: 47. The Prince's Visit - Vivace
  29. Cinderella - Act III: 48. The Prince Finds Cinderella - Adagio passionato
  30. Cinderella - Act III: 50. Slow Waltz - Adagio
  31. Cinderella - Act III: 50. Amoroso: Andante dolcissimo

Product Details

  • Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra
  • Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev
  • Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
  • Audio CD (October 17, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GOX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,408 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By David A. Wend on November 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Recordings of the complete Cinderella ballet are few, so this recording filled a big gap in the record catalog. I was familiar with the ballet from an excellent old LP recording put out by Angel/Melyodia. This recording by the Russian National Symphony became my replacement, and it is a very worthy successor. The ballet was written during 1941 but was not completed until after World War II. The orchestration is not as opulent as Romeo and Juliet, closer in spirit to Tchaikovsky's ballets. The most famous music is the Cinderella waltz, which is often included on Prokofiev recordings as filler. But make no mistakes; this ballet is filled with wonderful and unforgettable melodies. Cinderella was performed on November 21, 1945 to great acclaim. However, the popularity of the ballets follows in the wake of Romeo.

The recording also includes a suite from the comic opera Betrothal in a Monastery going under the name Summer Night. It is a charming 5 movement suite that contains all of the best music from the opera. It makes a wonderful addition to the CD set.

This recording could not be better and has been named by Gramophone magazine as among its specially recommended essential recordings. Mikhail Pletnev does a superb job as conductor and the recording is clear and well-balanced. Tempos are excellent throughout the recording and the Russian National responds beautifully to the demands of the music's color and shading. The booklet accompanying the record includes a synopsis of the action and a track by track explanation of the action. This recording is a must have for anyone interested in Prokofiev's music and in ballet music.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I have never been convinced that the pianist-turned-conductor Mikhail Pletnev was first rate. He belongs with Barenboim, Ashkenazy, and Rostropovich among great musicians who aren't to the manner born on the podium. Everything in this Cinderella is well executed, but the passion, wit, and sardonic point of the music is mostly missed. If only it didn't sound so glib. Ashkenzy is better on Decca, but we are still waiting for a cincerella performed as well as the best versions of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, his masterpiece in ballet form.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. R. Merrick on February 18, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The orchestra is wonderful, which is why I eagerly tried to listen in spite of so many dances being slowed down. Unfortunately, I grew tired of a sort of forced enjoyment due to the tempos in one passage after another that ought to be much faster. Pletnev stays at what I would consider rehearsal tempos time and again. When he chooses to speed up to what is considered standard tempo, the orchestra plays tightly wound and tuneful.

There are times when the slower tempo, matched with a delicacy in the orchestra, is actually able to lighten up Prokofiev's heavy orchestrations. It certainly isn't necessary, but since this music is supposed to represent a fairy tale, it has a tendency to actually work now and again.

Being less familiar with "Summer Night Suite," I can say that the lighter touch works much better. Beyond that -- and I don't know if it was deliberate on Pletnev's part -- the final movement of the suite has an almost latin type of rhythm underneath. It is written in simple triple meter and subdivided triplets, but with various instruments employed, the overall effect is more mysterious at a softer dynamic level, and lends itself to a bit more fanciful listening. (Well, that's what I do when I listen to it, anyway.) If you don't mind or actually prefer to hear numerous parts of the ballet slowed down, you should be satisfied with the playing here.
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9 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lester G. Telser on September 16, 2005
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The Penguin Guide to Classical CD's gives this its highest rating. This is fully justified
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