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Introducing Sergei Prokofiev

Feat. The Master Himself

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There can scarcely be anyone who has not heard some of Prokofiev’s music, or is at least familiar with its style, even if they couldn’t name the composer.

His music has been a crucial influence on such film composers as John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith, while many of his melodies have become familiar through being borrowed or sampled in several popular songs, most recently in Robbie Williams’s “Party Like a Russian”! Yet there is a great deal more to Prokofiev’s music than instantly effective melodies. Here in this Collection is a fair representation of his range: the virtuosic, but above all prankish and colourful Piano Concerto No. 3, which Prokofiev himself performed widely, demonstrates his scintillating abilities both as a pianist and composer; equally brilliant, though striking even deeper emotionally, is his Second String Quartet, both an exhilarating and haunting work. We also include music in which Prokofiev celebrated his Russian heritage: the heroic Fifth Symphony, written while the Soviet army was driving the German invaders out of Russia, and his rousing cantata based on his successful film score ‘Alexander Nevsky’. Yet even in those apparently grandiose works Prokofiev’s irrepressible sense of mischief deflates any hint of pompous self-importance!

Curation: Natascha Klotschkoff

Text: Daniel Jaffé

Speaker: David Hall

Visual Art: Philipp Nicolai Hertel

  • Introducing Sergei Prokofiev

  • An introduction to Prokofiev — Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major op. 26

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    Sergei Prokofiev

    Denis Matsuev, Valery Gergiev, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra2012
  • An introduction to Prokofiev — Flute Sonata in D major op. 94

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    Sergei Prokofiev

    Emmanuel Pahud, Gérard Wyss1993
  • An introduction to Prokofiev — Symphony No. 5 in B flat major op. 100

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    Sergei Prokofiev

    Mariss Jansons, Royal Concertgebouw Orkest Amsterdam2014
  • An introduction to Prokofiev — String Quartet No. 2 in F major op. 92

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    Sergei Prokofiev

    Pacifica Quartet2011
  • An introduction to Prokofiev — Alexander Nevsky op. 78

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    Sergei Prokofiev

    Neeme Järvi, Linda Finnie, RSNO Chorus, Royal Scottish National Orchestra1987

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