13 May 2013

Curtain Raiser: Prokofiev - Symphony No 7

From the collecton Curtain Raiser
Prokofiev with second wife Mira Mendelssohn

Prokofiev with second wife Mira Mendelssohn Photo: Public Domain

 

Prokofiev was persuaded to add an energetic and optimistic coda to the final movement of his Seventh Symphony, to try to win some much needed cash from the Stalin Prize.

But before he died, a few months later, Prokofiev indicated that the original quiet ending was to be preferred.

Introduced by Matthew Crawford.

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