Prokofiev - Symphony No. 5 - Sir Malcolm Sargent (2LP, 45RPM, 200g)
Prokofiev - Symphony No. 5 - Sir Malcolm Sargent (2LP, 45RPM, 200g)
Prokofiev - Symphony No. 5 - Sir Malcolm Sargent (2LP, 45RPM, 200g)
Prokofiev - Symphony No. 5 - Sir Malcolm Sargent (2LP, 45RPM, 200g)

Prokofiev - Symphony No. 5 - Sir Malcolm Sargent (2LP, 45RPM, 200g)

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Sergei Prokofiev - Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, Op. 100

London Symphony Orchestra

Sir Malcolm Sargent - conductor


2 LP, Stoughton Printing tip-on old style original jacket artwork and Everest Records-branded jacket

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 200g

Record color : black

Speed : 45 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : Quality Record Pressings

Label : Classic Records (now part of Analogue Productions)

Original Label : Everest

Recorded in 1959 at Walthamstow Town Assemby Hall, London

Originally released in 1959



Side A: 1st Movement - Andante

Side B : 2nd Movement - Allegro Marcato

Side C : 3rd Movement - Adagio

Side D : 4th Movement - Allegro Giocoso



“The Prokofiev Fifth has long been one of my favorite symphonies – partly because it brings together ideas found in many of the composer’s earlier works, is rich with drama and the composer’s patented ascerbic edge.  (Probably also because I once played the bass drum when our university symphony performed it.)

Prokofiev wrote the work during a summer of 1944 at a rest home away from Moscow for composers during the war. Shostakovich, Khachaturian and Kabalevsky were also at the retreat. He had already written War and Peace and other works affected by the war, but for the Fifth created a totally abstract work – taking a month to write it and another month to orchestrate it. The only program he gave was that it was “a symphony about the spirit of man.”

There are some sections that sound menacing and others rather diabolical – as in some of his piano sonatas. Tragedy and exultation are also part of the work, and in the final the composer’s strong satrical/ascerbic nature comes to the fore, often balanced against some almost brutal sounds in the orchestra.

This is another of the 2006 Classic Records restorations of the 35mm mag film masters made by the original Everest label, with much superior sonics to mag tape. In this case the masters were still in fairly good condition, but at the very beginning of the opening movement there is a rather serious wow – almost like an off-center LP.  The rest of the movement and the transfer is fine, and again the three-channel option is much superior to the two-channel (if you have the proper speaker setup), in spite of the reduction of the sampling rate from 192K to 96K.” John Sunier, Audiophile Audition, July 2010


Ratings :

Discogs : 4,33 / 5

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