Prokofiev: Symphony No. 4 | The Prodigal Son [Marin Alsop, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra] [Naxos: 8573186]
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Prokofiev's imposing Fourth Symphony and his final ballet for Sergey Diagilev, The Prodigal Son, share common roots but are entirely distinctive in character. The vivid depictions in the ballet's moral tale include sensual temptations, drunken debauchery, robbery and remorse. The 1947 revision of the Fourth Symphony, lengthened and enriched in orchestration by the addition of a piccolo clarinet, piano and harp, makes extended use of themes from The Prodigal Son as well as unused material. Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony with Marin Alsop and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (8.573029) was described as "an outstanding achievement" by BBC Music Magazine.
The success of Marin Alsop
as Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra was recognised when, in 2009, her tenure was extended to 2015. In 2012 she took up the post of Chief Conductor of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
(OSESP), where she steers the orchestra in its artistic and creative programming, recording ventures and its education and outreach activities.