10 May 2013

Curtain Raiser: Prokofiev - Symphony No 5

From the collecton Curtain Raiser
Portrait of Prokofiev 1934

Portrait of Prokofiev 1934 Photo: Petr Petrovic Konchalovsky, Public Domain

Symphony No 5 in B flat was certainly composed in war-time Soviet Russia but is it anguished? heroic? victorious?

Matthew Crawford explains.

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