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The wayward Prokofiev

wed 15 jun 2022 12:00 

A docudrama about one of the most prominent and independent composers of the 20th century. Episode 34.

Every fortnight, ‘The Wayward Prokofiev’ devotes one hour to the life and work of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev, unquestionably one of the greatest composers of the 20th century.

Today: the end of his foreign period is in sight for Prokofiev. It ended rather in a low key, but he took a turn as soon as he arrived in the USSR and started composing film music. A new period has begun for Prokofiev.



  • Sergei Prokofiev. Symphonic song op. 57 (1933). Scottish National Orchestra led by Neeme Jäarvi.


  • Sergei Prokofiev. Three pieces for piano op. 59 (1934). Frederic Chiu (piano).


  • Sergei Prokofiev. Lieutenant Kije (1934). Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra led by Andrew Litton with Andrei Bondarenko (baritone).


  • Dmitri Shostakovich. Sonata for cello en piano no. 2 op. 40 in D minor (1934) first part (allegro non troppo), Giuseppe Guarrera (piano) and Alexander Warenberg (cello).


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