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The wayward Prokofiev

wed 9 mar 2022 12:00 
Composer: Sergej Prokofiev

A docudrama about one of the most prominent and independent composers of the 20th century.

The wayward Prokofiev. # 28.

On ‘The wayward Prokofiev’ every fortnight we share an hour-long feature on the life and work of the Russian 20th century composer Sergei Prokofiev, who was undoubtedly one of the greatest composers of the 20th century.

On today’s broadcast: piano work by Prokofiev from 1929. But not just any kind of piano work.  It is Prokofiev’s new-style piano work and most people did not know what to make of it at first. 1929 was also the year in which Sergei Diaghilev passed away. Prokofiev owes quite a lot to him, just like many others such as the Russian Nikolai Tcherepnin, with his 1907 ballet Le pavillon d’Armide’ among others, which was released last year at Naxos.


– Sergei Prokofiev. Two pieces for piano op. 45 (1928) ‘Things in themselves’
Vadym Kholodenko (piano)
– Sergei Prokofiev. Divertimento for orchestra op. 43 (1929) Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Neeme Järvi
– Nikolai Tcherepnin. Le pavillon d’Armide (1907) Moscow Symphony Orchestra conducted by Henry Shek.
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