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    Default Prokofiev 5th symphony at the Proms

    Last night I listened to the very best live performance of Prokofiev's 5th symphony that I've ever heard. Unfortunately I wasn't actually in the Albert Hall, but listening to the BBC Radio 3 live broadcast.
    It was the BBC Symphony Orchestra under their principal conductor Sakari Oramo.
    The attention to detail, pacing, dynamics, quirks...everything gelled together perfectly. Did anyone else hear this performance?
    There may come a time when Youtube won't let us do this...

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    Yeah, i heard it too. Although im not usually a huge fan of Prokofiev's symphonies, i found the performance really convincing, like you. I like it when a recording can do that for me. Nezet-Seguin didnt convince me with his account of the same symphony, some years ago, at the Proms.
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    I hopefully will get an opportunity to hear this performance in some rebroadcast. I'll keep an ear out for it.
    The Prokofiev Fifth has long been a favorite symphony of mine, and my favorite work by its Russian composer. My favorite version remains that of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antal Dorati, a recording I have on a Mercury Wing vinyl disc, STEREO SRW 18081. A stunning performance which convinces me that the Prokofiev Fifth is one of the great symphonies of the 20th century and a fitting rival with Shostakovich's Fifth as the great "Russian" symphony of the century.

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    Listened to the broadcast on BBC3. It was a terrific reading, one of the better live performances I've ever heard. But don't feel bad about not being there live - I've been to RAH and frankly, the radio relays have better sound, more detail and more impact than sitting there. It's a barn - too large for sound to really make an impact. If you stand the Arena, up front, you get a bigger thrill. But otherwise, it's not a very good auditorium.

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    I look forward to giving it a listen, on demand @

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bf4kvq

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    Yeah, i heard it too. Although im not usually a huge fan of Prokofiev's symphonies, i found the performance really convincing, like you. I like it when a recording can do that for me. Nezet-Seguin didnt convince me with his account of the same symphony, some years ago, at the Proms.
    Curiously, I found the reverse. It was Nezet-Seguin's performance with the Rotterdam that switched me on to Prokofiev's other symphonies in the first place!
    "I left TC for a hiatus, but since no-one noticed my absence, I came back again."

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    I love Oramo's recording of the piece, too.

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