Sergei Prokofiev, “Battle on the Ice”, Alexander Nevsky
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus
Forget the movie, Abbado’s Alexander Nevsky is more vivid than anything you’ll see on the screen. With gutsy singing from the London Symphony Chorus, a fine alto solo from Obratsova in The Field of the Dead, and terrifying sonorities in The Crusaders in Pskov, Abbado pulls out all the stops for the thrilling Battle on the Ice. Prokofiev stitches the various bits together brilliantly in the cantata, and the moment where the two sides collide finds Abbado, for once, going complete crazy and letting all hell break loose from the assembled forces. It’s pulverizing.
- “Alexander Nevsky “, David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com