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    Quote Originally Posted by ccar View Post
    If you want to explore some different versions of the Prokofiev 7th symphony there are a few (not yet mentioned) I believe may also be interesting to listen – Samuil Samosud with the All Russian RO (1953), Nicolai Anosov with the Czech PO (1954) and Vaclav Smetacek also with the Czech PO (1970).

    Samosud conducted the premiere and had a close connection with the composer. Anosov may have left one the more idiomatic readings (and despite the vintage mono the sound is still good). And although Smetacek may be a relatively unknown conductor I think his 1970 performance (in very good sound) is also well worth to look for (Le Chant du Monde /Praga).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TV-gtbeth3g

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mi0fEqFRTo
    I’ve been looking for Smetacek‘a for years without success; I believe there are two recordings by Anosov.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
    I’ve been looking for Smetacek‘a for years without success.
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Honorem-Vác.../dp/B000027OBT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
    If you like the 7th symphony then maybe try Cinderella. There’s a problem with the 7th to do with the final movement, I can’t remember the details offhand but there are two versions of the last movement, and it makes quite a difference.
    Oh trust me, I absolutely adore Cinderella as well! I agree that both have that same sort of autumnal, magical aura.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
    ...... There’s a problem with the 7th to do with the final movement, I can’t remember the details offhand but there are two versions of the last movement, and it makes quite a difference.
    The quiet ending vs the festive ending? I lean more towards the quiet ending, but the festive ending seems no harm. They do make the mood sound very different though. Given that Prokofiev wrote the festive ending only to earn his living, and he in fact preferred the quiet ending, maybe it's not so much a can of worms for us...

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    When I first got the Rozhdestvensky recording eons ago, I found it initially engaging, but overplayed it and began to find it dippy. Ditto for "Cinderella." But to each his own. :-)

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