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The wayward Prokofiev

tue 18 jan 2022 22:00 

Scandinavian and Baltic music

The wayward Prokofiev XXV.

On ‘the wayward Prokofiev’ every two weeks for an hour we focus on the life and work of 20th century Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev. Undoubtedly one of the biggest composers of the twentieth century.

On today’s episode: Prokofiev’s not so successful second symphony, his 5 songs for violin and piano, which was more successful than the original for voice and piano, and a serenade in A major for piano by Igor Stravinsky. All works from 1925.


  • Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony 2 op. 40 in D minor (1925)
    State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia conducted by Vladimir Jurowski
    Pentatone PTC 5186 624 (2017)
    Recording 2016
  • Sergei Prokofiev: 5 Songs without words for violin and piano op.35 b sharp minor (1925)
    Franziska Pietsch (violin), Detlev Eisinger (piano)
    Audite 97.722 (2016)
    Recording 2015
  • Igor Stravinsky: Serenade in A major (1925)
    First two parts
    Daniil Trifonov (piano)
    DG 483 5331 (2020)
    Recording 2019
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