Complete Symphonies
Sergei Prokofiev

Complete Symphonies

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Label: Exton
Format: CD
Barcode: 4526977050993
Catalog number: EXCL 00099
Releasedate: 20-01-17
- complete Prokofiev's symphonies by the Sidney Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts  

- great recordings by the Exton team
This complete survey of Prokofiev's symphony was recorded in 2009.
A great specialist as Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra today

Resident at the Sydney Opera House, touring frequently, performing around 150 concerts a year to a combined annual audience of more than 350,000 - the Sydney Symphony Orchestra is an orchestra of world standing.

The history begins

A permanent symphony orchestra is a sign of a city's musical maturity, and Sydney moved closer to achieving this when the Australian Broadcasting Commission was established. That was in 1932, the opening year of another symbol: the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra had a promising predecessor. From 1919 to 1921 the orchestra of the New South Wales Conservatorium, conducted by the Belgian Henri Verbrugghen, gave regular professional symphonic concerts in Sydney, as well as touring Australia and New Zealand.

1932. The first ABC Sydney Symphony Orchestra

The new Commission enlarged the studio orchestra it had inherited from the Australian Broadcasting Company to 24 permanent players, and this group sometimes performed as the ABC Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Some the players who had joined before 1932, such as flautist Neville Amadio and timpanist Alard Maling, remained leading members of the orchestra for decades.

ABC broadcasts from the studio stimulated public demand for orchestral concerts, but at first public concerts, for which the orchestra was augmented, were special events. These included the Brahms and Wagner Festival in 1933 under Australian conductor Bernard Heinze, and concerts in 1934 under Sir Hamilton Harty, the first overseas conductor brought to Australia by the ABC.