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Prokofiev: Tale of the Stone Flower (The)


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Sergei Prokofiev conceived the Stone Flower as a grand ballet in the tradition of Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. Originally, Prokofiev had a different subject in mind - Pushkin's The Stone Guest - but chose a national ballet following the infamous Zhdanov degree of 1948. However, Prokofiev had more than a passing interest in the story, set the Urals, as he had traveled in the area as a young man and had been impressed by the beauty of the mountains. The music was composed between 1948 and 1953. Prokofiev completed the orchestration just hours before his death. The premiere was held on February 12, 1954 by the Bolshoi Ballet. The ballet takes its inspiration from folk tales by the Ural author Pavel Bazhov and centers on the stonecutter Danilo, who temporarily forsakes his betrothed, Katerina, to accompany the Mistress of Copper Mountain to her realm. There, the Mistress shows him a legendary flower made of stone. Danilo becomes determined to carve one like it in malachite, a deep green, marble-like mineral native to Russia. In the meantime, Iatarina is harassed by the story's villain, the drunken Severyan. To the rescue comes the Mistress of Copper Mountain, who captures him and compels the ground to open and swallow Severyan whole. Katarina searches for Danilo and finds him, but their reunion is spoiled when the Mistress becomes upset that he wants to leave the mountain paradise now that he has learned the secret of making the stone flower. Briefly, Danilo himself is turned to stone. In the end, however, Danilo gains the Mistress' respect through his love for and fidelity to Katarina, and the lovers depart to live happily ever after. The Stone Flower has generally been neglected with few recordings of the complete ballet. The music is usually recorded in excerpts with the Ural Rhapsody from act three, always being included as a highlight. The ballet has more of the divertissement dances of traditional full-length Russian ballets than Prokofiev included in Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella, so there are memorable dances and more reworking of prior melodies. The ballet is very tuneful, with twenty or more memorable melodies. Some of the music was recycled from earlier Prokofiev works: the festive No. 7, Round Dance, is borrowed from the film score for Ivan the Terrible; Nos. 14 Katerina and Danilo, and 19, Waltz of the Diamonds, are sourceful in Music for Children, for piano, Op. 65. Prokofiev's orchestration is colorful, sometimes exotic, particularly in the Russian and Gypsy dances.
Facts
Item number CHAN 10058(2)
Barcode 095115105825
Release date 4/1/2003
Category Ballet
Label CHANDOS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 2
Performers
Conductor Noseda, Gianandrea
Disc: 1
Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flo02:15:00
1 Prologue 1: The Mistress of the Copper Mountain 00:04:14 Noseda, Gianandrea BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
2 Prologue 2: Danilo and his work 00:02:38 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
3 Act I Scene 1: Danilo in search of the stone flowe 00:02:17 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
4 Act I Scene 1: Danilo meets his fellow villagers 00:02:06 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
5 Act I Scene 1: Scene and duet of Katerina and Dani 00:05:14 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
6 Act I Scene 1: Interlude I: Severyan and the worke 00:03:13 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
7 Act I Scene 2: Round dance 00:02:43 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
8 Act I Scene 2: Katerina bids farewell to her frien 00:02:14 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
9 Act I Scene 2: Maiden's dance 00:04:21 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
10 Act I Scene 2: Danilo's dance 00:01:25 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
11 Act I Scene 2: Unmarried men's dance 00:01:34 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
12 Act I Scene 2: Severyan's arrival 00:03:30 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
13 Act I Scene 2: Altercation over the malachite vase 00:04:45 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
14 Act I Scene 2: Scene of Katerina and Danilo 00:02:21 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
15 Act I Scene 2: Danilo's thoughts 00:03:03 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
16 Act I Scene 3: Danilo enticed away by the Mistres 00:05:22 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
17 Act II Scene 4: The Mistress shows Danilo the trea 00:02:04 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
18 Act II Scene 4: Duet of the Mistress and Danilo [f 00:05:00 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
19 Act II Scene 4: Scene and Waltz of the Diamonds [s 00:05:24 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
20 Act II Scene 4: Dance of the Russian precious ston 00:04:01 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
21 Act II Scene 4: Waltz 00:04:13 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
Disc: 2
Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flo02:15:00
1 Act II Scene 4: Danilo's monologue and the Mistres 00:01:56 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
2 Act II Scene 4: The Mistress shows Danilo the ston 00:02:15 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
3 Act II Scene 4: Severyan and the workers; the Mist 00:03:02 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
4 Act II Scene 5: Scene and Katerina's dance [thinki 00:03:46 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
5 Act II Scene 5: Severyan's arrival 00:01:59 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
6 Act II Scene 5: Where are you, sweet Danilo? 00:01:26 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
7 Act II Scene 5: The appearance of the Mistress and 00:02:20 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
8 Act III Scene 6: Ural Rhapsody 00:08:40 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
9 Act III Scene 6: Interlude II 00:07:03 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
10 Act III Scene 6: Russian dance 00:04:13 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
11 Act III Scene 7: Gypsy dance 00:03:14 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
12 Act III Scene 7: Severyan's dance 00:01:45 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
13 Act III Scene 7: Solo of the gypsy girl and Coda 00:03:54 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
14 Act III Scene 7: Katerina's appearance and Severya 00:02:06 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
15 Act III Scene 7: The appearance of the Mistress an 00:01:04 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
16 Act III Scene 7: Severyan follows the Mistress 00:02:05 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
17 Act III Scene 7: Severyan's death 00:02:01 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
18 Act IV Scene 8: Katerina sits by the fire and year 00:01:42 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
19 Act IV Scene 8: Scene and Katerina's dance with th 00:03:06 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
20 Act IV Scene 8: Katerina follows the fire-spirit 00:01:33 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
21 Act IV Scene 9: Katerina's dialogue with the Mistr 00:03:28 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
22 Act IV Scene 9: Danilo turned to stone 00:03:26 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
23 Act IV Scene 9: The joy of Katerina and Danilo's r 00:04:12 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
24 Act IV Scene 9: The Mistress presents gifts to Kat 00:03:07 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
25 Act IV Scene 9: Epilogue 00:01:29 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Noseda, Gianandrea
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