22 Apr 2012

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)

From Composer of the Week, 9:15 am on 22 April 2012

Prokofiev's Soviet HomecomingProkofiev with his family in 1936

Our talk on Sergei Prokofiev begins with a quote from the then Soviet People’s Commissar of Enlightenment, Anatoly Lunacharsky. Prokofiev was leaving Russia and he was cautioned: “You are running away from events, and these events will never forgive you when you return. You will not be understood.”

In 'Prokofiev’s Soviet Homecoming' Thomas Goss looks at perceptions of Prokofiev in Russia and the pressures and ideals that compelled him to return to Moscow from Paris in 1936. What he found was not necessarily what he expected.

Music Details:

PROKOFIEV: Violin concerto No 2, mvt 1 – Gil Shaham (vln), LSO/ Andre Previn (DG 447 758)
PROKOFIEV: March from the Love for Three Oranges - Philharmonia Orchestra/ Nicolai Malko (EMI CD CFP 4523)
PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No 3, mvt 1 - Sergei Prokofiev (pno), London SO/ Piero Coppola (EMI CDC 5 55223)
PROKOFIEV: The birth of Kije from Lieutenant Kije - LSO/ Andre Previn (EMI CDC 7 47855)
PROKOFIEV: Romance from Lieutenant Kije - LSO/ Andre Previn (EMI CDC 7 47855)
PROKOFIEV: Romeo and Julie, Tybalt and Mercutio fight – LSO/ Valery Gergiev (LSO 0682)
PROKOFIEV: Romeo and Juliet, Romeo decides to avenge... - LSO/ Valery Gergiev (LSO 0682)
PROKOFIEV: Violin concerto No 2, mvt 3 – Gil Shaham (vln), LSO/ Andre Previn (DG 447 758)
PROKOFIEV: Funeral, from Semyon Kotko Suite – West German Radio SO, Cologne/ Michail Jurowski (CPO 999 976)

 

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