Friday, April 13, 2012

Music by Prokofiev

This is a great photo of Sergei Prokofiev, accompanied here by two recordings not currently in circulation.

The First and Fifth symphonies, as recorded by Previn in this 1986 recording with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, are a gem. The First is called the "Classical" Symphony. If you haven't heard it, give it a listen, and you will understand why. As much as I love all of the Fifth, I am addicted to the last movement. Total insanity!

The Third Piano Concerto, here performed awesomely well by the then-thirteen-year-old pianist Evgeny Kissin and the Moscow Philharmonic, is all in one MP3 file. This whole performance is just as fun to hear as the ending of the Fifth Symphony.

Beyond these performances, I'd also recommend the violin and piano concertos, Peter and the Wolf, the Scythian Suite, the Sixth and Seventh symphonies - and everything else. Prokofiev is one of my favorites.

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Paul said...

Thanks Angus! I was listening to the Prok music you put on the usb you gave me yesterday. I've downloaded this too!

Ed said...

Thanks to YouTube, I'm now getting to hear the Prokofiev piano concertos I haven't listened to closely yet - 1, 4 & 5.

That Vengerov recording I gave you has a great version of the Shostakovich Violin Concerto, which is an awesome composition.

Another recording of Prokofiev's violin concertos to check out features Gil Shaham. His performance has a lyricism that works really really well with No. 1.