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Ivan the Terrible

Posted by Robert Bettens

Added on Friday, January 12, 2018

Ivan the Terrible

van the Terrible Ė the second joint project of Sergei Eisenstein and Sergei Prokofiev Ė is, much like Alexander Newski, a historical epic, portraying the rise and fall of the autocratic ruler Ivan IV in the 16th century. Sergei Prokofievís musical portrayal is unique in film history, for the score conceives both parts of the film on an epic scale. Prokofievís rich melodic invention thrives on the expressive sound palette of his native Russia, mostly as they echo the spiritual works of the Russian-orthodox liturgy. These film scores were not published during Prokofievís lifetime. They were arranged as an oratorio for soloists, chorus, and orchestra by Levon Atovmyan, one of Prokofievís assistants, in 1961. This version received its concert premiere in Moscow that same year. This, however, is the original, straight from the composerís hands, receiving its world premiere recording.

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