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Karl Lozier
Positive Feedback Online, January 2016

…If you are following the liner notes in for the first symphony here you will be shown how unusual a gavotte’s rhythm is instead of the more common minuet. There is much unique with Prokofiev; look for it and enjoy the differences. © 2016 Positive Feedback Online Read complete review

Peter J. Rabinowitz
Fanfare, May 2015

…this turns out to be an excellent Second. If you’ve never taken to this piece, you should give this recording a chance to change your mind. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Leslie Wright
MusicWeb International, December 2014

This was my first Blu-ray audio disc review and I was totally blown away by the realistic sound. The performances by Marin Alsop and the São Paulo Symphony are also first-rate. Indeed, I now have a much greater appreciation for Prokofiev’s gnarly Second Symphony. © 2014 MusicWeb International

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, November 2014

Marin Alsop begins this disc with a charming and even humoristic First Symphony, Prokofiev’s Classical. She takes enough time to let the music dance! The opulent tone poem Dreams attenuates the transition to the iron and steel symphony, Prokofiev’s Second, the Modern, which is forceful and rhythmic in the first movement and very varied, very melodious in the second, the theme of the variations being exposed with warm lyricism. © 2014 Pizzicato

Leslie Wright
MusicWeb International, November 2014

The first thing one notices when listening to this Blu-ray audio disc is the life-like sound. You are listening to these performances from a good seat midway in the concert hall. This is my first experience with audio-only Blu-ray. Based on this experience, it seems the way to go, and Naxos is to be congratulated for its role in leading the way.

I have not heard the standard CD version of this recording, but cannot imagine it captures the realism of this Blu-ray. Marin Alsop is turning out to be a major player in the Prokofiev symphony stakes and I will be eager to hear her next instalment in the series. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

John Quinn
MusicWeb International, November 2014

We’re on much more familiar territory with the Classical Symphony. I liked this dapper São Paulo performance very much. Overall it’s a polished and enjoyable performance. As for the sound, every strand in the orchestra is clearly heard but in a very natural way.

This is an excellent instalment in Marin Alsop’s Prokofiev cycle…In sonic terms this is not only the best Naxos BD-A to come my way so far but one of the best of all the BD-As that I’ve heard to date. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Robert Cummings
Classical Net, November 2014

What is most compelling on this Blu-ray audio disc…is Alsop’s Prokofiev Second Symphony…[she] unleashes all the power and energy you could want, and her interpretations of the slower variations are brilliant…one has to declare her Prokofiev Second simply the best version on record.

…the sound reproduction is excellent, perhaps the best in this series so far, and the São Paulo Symphony plays at world class level throughout. In sum, this is an indispensable disc for the Prokofiev enthusiast and a highly attractive recording for most listeners with an interest in early 20th century orchestral music. Highest recommendations! © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review

John Sunier
Audiophile Audition, October 2014

Another fine audio-only Blu-ray of Prokofiev symphonies with Marin Alsop. © 2014 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Barry Forshaw
Classical CD Choice, October 2014

The sheer impact of the sound on these dramatic and idiomatic performances renders them first choice in this repertoire… © 2014 Classical CD Choice Read complete review

Robert Benson, October 2014

Symphony No. 2…is the least-performed of Prokofiev’s seven symphonies…[and] Alsop’s is among the finest [recordings]…she displays the qualities that make her in demand in orchestral world. The Brazilian orchestra is in spectacular form on this Prokofiev disc, and they have been recorded with vivid sonic impact. We hear the sound of a large orchestra in a warm acoustic with clear definition and brilliant high frequencies. Ulrich Schneider…did a magnificent job. © 2014 Read complete review

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