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historic musical bits: Abbado conducts Prokofiev – Symphony No. 1 in D major ‘Classical’, Op. 25


Abbado conducts Prokofiev – Symphony No. 1 in D major ‘Classical’, Op. 25

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Études de concert (3), for piano, S. 144 – Claudio Arrau – HD ( 3rd mov. ‘un sospiro’), great compositions/performances


Études de concert (3), for piano, S. 144 – Claudio Arrau – HD

 

Maurice Ravel – Introduction & Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet & String Quartet(1905) : Great compositions/performances|Art by Jean-Léon Gérôme


Maurice Ravel – Introduction & Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet & String Quartet(1905)

Carl Maria von Weber, Konzertstück f-moll für Klavier und Orchester, Op.79. Alfred Brendel & London Symphony Orchestra: great compositions/performances


Carl Maria von Weber, Konzertstück f-moll für Klavier und Orchester, Op.79. Alfred Brendel & LSO

Ravel – Daphnis et Chloé, Suite n°2 (Seiji Ozawa),: GREAT COMPOSITIONS/PERFORMANCES


Ravel – Daphnis et Chloé, Suite n°2 (Seiji Ozawa)

Prokofiev “War” Sonata #7 Valentina Lisitsa 1st mov. Allegro Inquieto: Great compositions/performaces


Prokofiev “War” Sonata #7 Valentina Lisitsa 1st mov. Allegro Inquieto

Ballade for cello and piano Op.15 by Serge Prokofiev: make mosic part of your life series


Ballade for cello and piano Op.15 by Serge Prokofiev

 

Aram Khachaturian – Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia: make music part of your life series


Sergei Prokofiev – Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op. 34: make music part of your life series


Sergei Prokofiev – Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op. 34

Prokofiev – Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 10: make music part of your life series


Prokofiev – Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 10

Rachmaninov – Suite for two pianos n°1 – Rudenko / Lugansky: make music part of your life series



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Rachmaninov – Suite for two pianos n°1 – Rudenko / Lugansky

Sergei Rachmaninov:  Suite for two pianos n°1 op.5:

I. Allegretto. Barcarolle 0:00
II. Adagio sostenuto. La nuit… L’amour 7:35
III. Largo di molto. Les larmes 13:53
IV. Allegro maestoso. Pâques 19:24

Vadim Rudenko
Nikolai Luganski
Live recording, Moscow

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto n. 2 – Yefim Bronfman: make music part of your life series



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Prokofiev: Piano Concerto n. 2 – Yefim Bronfman

Yefim Bronfman plays the Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto n. 2 in G minor op. 16
Andantino – Allegretto, Scherzo, Intermezzo, Allegro tempestoso
Vassily Sinaisky conducts the Rai National Symphony Orchestra (Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai)
Giampaolo Pretto, flute
Turin, 1997

Sergei Prokofiev – Troika/Romance (from Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op. 60) : great compositions/performances


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Sergei Prokofiev – Troika/Romance (from Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op. 60)

Title of Composition: Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op. 60
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Created in: 1933
Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic
Conductor: Andre Previn
Recorded in: 1986

The CD is available for purchase at either Arkivmusic:
http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/a…

Or at Amazon (MP3 is also available):
http://www.amazon.com/Prokofiev-Alexa…

The CD also includes Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78, a cantata that’s also composed by Prokofiev.

The images in the video are not my own.
The first image can be found here: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/v…
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This recording of Lieutenant Kije Suite is owned by Telarc.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lieutenant Kijé[1] (Russian: Поручик Киже, Poruchik Kizhe) is the score composed by Sergei Prokofiev for the 1934 Soviet film Lieutenant Kijé directed by Aleksandr Faintsimmer based on the novel of the same title by Yury Tynyanov.

Movements

The suite, in five movements broadly follows the plot of the movie:[2]

  1. Kijé’s Birth. A clerk, while writing out the morning orders for his Imperial majesty Tsar Paul, miscopies two words, creating a Lieutenant “Kijé”. The Tsar learns of his “existence”, and issues numerous orders concerning him. The palace administrators have no choice but to carry them out.
  2. Romance. The fictional lieutenant falls in love.
  3. Kijé’s Wedding. Since the Tsar prefers his heroic soldiers to be married, the administrators concoct a fake wedding.
  4. Troika.
  5. Kijé’s Burial. The administrators finally rid themselves of the non-existent lieutenant by saying he has died.

Première

1937, Paris

Instrumentation

Baritone voice (sometimes performed as tenor saxophone).

2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, tenor saxophone (sometimes performed on bassoon), 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, cornet, 3 trombones, tuba, 3 percussionists (cymbals, sleigh bells, triangle, bass drum, snare drum, tambourine), harp, piano or/and celeste, and strings.

 

 

Gustavo Dudamel Johannes Brahms variations sur un thème de Joseph Haydn en si Majeur opus 56a: great compositions/performances


Gustavo Dudamel Johannes Brahms variations sur un thème de Joseph Haydn en si Majeur opus 56a

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Maxime Brisole

From Wikipedia

Les Variations sur un thème de Haydn, op. 56 (allemand : Variationen über ein Thema von Haydn) est une œuvre orchestrale en variations de Johannes Brahms, composée pendant l’été 1873. Cette œuvre est constituée d’un thème en si bémol majeur, de huit variations et d’un finale.

Le thème est extrait du choral Saint-Antoine de la Feldpartie en si bémol majeur, Hob. II/46 de Joseph Haydn. Brahms a écrit huit variations sur ce thème, plus un final. Le finale est une passacaille magnifique, dont le point culminant, une reformulation du choral, est un moment d’une grande transcendance, au point que Brahms, habituellement austère, se permet l’utilisation d’un triangle.

Deux versions existent : une version pour deux pianos, celle que Brahms a écrite en premier (mais désignée Op. 56b), et une version pour orchestre, dénommée op. 56a.

Cette dernière version est considérée comme « la première série de variations indépendantes pour orchestre dans l’histoire de la musique »1. L’orchestre contient un piccolo, deux flûtes deux hautbois, deux clarinettes, deux bassons, un contrebasson, quatre cors (2 en mi bémol, 2 en si bémol), 2 trompettes, des timbales, un triangle ainsi que la composition habituelle des cordes (premiers et seconds violons, altos, violoncelles et contrebasses).

Les Variations sur un thème de Haydn, op. 56 (allemand : Variationen über ein Thema von Haydn) est une œuvre orchestrale en variations de Johannes Brahms, composée pendant l’été 1873. Cette œuvre est constituée d’un thème en si bémol majeur, de huit variations et d’un finale.

Le thème est extrait du choral Saint-Antoine de la Feldpartie en si bémol majeur, Hob. II/46 de Joseph Haydn. Brahms a écrit huit variations sur ce thème, plus un final. Le finale est une passacaille magnifique, dont le point culminant, une reformulation du choral, est un moment d’une grande transcendance, au point que Brahms, habituellement austère, se permet l’utilisation d’un triangle.

Deux versions existent : une version pour deux pianos, celle que Brahms a écrite en premier (mais désignée Op. 56b), et une version pour orchestre, dénommée op. 56a.

Cette dernière version est considérée comme « la première série de variations indépendantes pour orchestre dans l’histoire de la musique »1. L’orchestre contient un piccolo, deux flûtes deux hautbois, deux clarinettes, deux bassons, un contrebasson, quatre cors (2 en mi bémol, 2 en si bémol), 2 trompettes, des timbales, un triangle ainsi que la composition habituelle des cordes (premiers et seconds violons, altos, violoncelles et contrebasses).

 

Prokofiev – Piano sonata n°6 – Richter Locarno 1966 (great compositions/performances)


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Prokofiev – Piano sonata n°6 – Richter Locarno 1966

Sergei Prokofiev:
Piano sonata n°6 op.82

I. Allegro moderato 0:00
II. Allegretto 8:55
III. Tempo di valzer lentissimo 12:45
IV. Vivace 19:07

Sviatoslav Richter
Live recording, Locarno, 18.IX.1966

Prokofiev – Romeo & Juliet – Leningrad / Mravinsky


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Prokofiev – Romeo & Juliet – Leningrad / Mravinsky

Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet

Prokofiev – Romeo and Juliet

make music part of your life series: Prokofiev – Dance of the Knights


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That music was in a french TV spot (directed by Jean-Paul Goude) for Chanel‘s perfume “Egoiste”… “Dance of the Knights“, by Sergueï Prokofiev….

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Prokofiev – Romeo And Juliet – Juliet As A Young Girl


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Prokofiev – Romeo And Juliet – Juliet As A Young Girl

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Saint-Saëns – Concerto no 1 pour piano et orchestre – Jeanne-Marie Darré


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Camille Saint-Saëns

Concerto pour piano et orchestre no 1
en ré majeur – opus 17

Jeanne-Marie Darré 

Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française
Louis Fourestier 

Enregistré en 1956

I- Andante – Allegro assai 00:00

II- Andante sostenuto quasi adagio 10:19

III- Allegro con fuoco 17:52

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Prokofiev in a Club! Sonata #7 Yellow Lounge Amsterdam Lisitsa



One day in a future the ‘traditional” concert halls will go the way of ‘traditional” movie theaters = disappear from use. I told you before – the BEST place to listen to the piano is directly under it. But try that in Concergebouw or Carnegie Hall _ they will call police on you 😉 Not so in a club . Yellow Lounge Amsterdam March 19th 2014 – http://www.trouwamsterdam.nl An ultimate experience listening to Prokofiev . Never mind the tinny captured recording – it was Imperial after all and it RRRRrrrocked – just ask the willing “victims” 🙂

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Sergei Prokofiev – Cinderella – Duet of the Prince and Cinderella



Sergei Prokofiev – Cinderella – Duet of the Prince and Cinderella Op. 87 

Direction: Vladimir Ashkenazy
The Cleveland Orchestra

 

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Great Compositions/Performances: Prokofiev – ‘The Love for Three Oranges Suite’, Op 33bis – BBC Symphony Orchestra, Rudolf Kempe conducting



Sergei Prokofiev
The Love for Three Oranges Suite, Op 33bis

00:00 I. The Clowns
03:04 II. The Magician and the Witch Play Cards
06:19 III. March
07:44 IV. Scherzo
09:15 V. The Prince and Princess
13:01 VI. The Flight

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Rudolf Kempe, conductor

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FABULOUS COMPOSERS/COMPOSITIONS: Prokofiev: Symphony No. 7 / Gergiev · London Symphony Orchestra



Gran presentación del maestro ruso Valery Gergiev conduciendo a la Orquesta Sinfónica de Londres, interpretando el último y melancólico trabajo de Sergei Prokofiev, su Sinfonía No. 7 en el festival de los Proms de la BBC de Londres el 28 de Agosto del 2007.

Great perfomance of the russian maestro Valery Gergiev conducting the London Symphony Orchestra, playing the last and most-melancholic work of Sergei Prokofiev, his Symphony No. 7 at BBC Proms, August 2007.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms/archive/se…

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Sergei Prokofiev – Symphony No. 1 in D major “Classical”, Op. 25



Sergei Prokofiev began work on his Symphony No. 1 in D major (Op. 25) in 1916, but wrote most of it in 1917, finishing work on September 10. It is written in loose imitation of the style of Haydn (and to a lesser extent, Mozart), and is widely known as the Classical Symphony, a name given to it by the composer. It premiered on April 21, 1918 in Petrograd, conducted by Prokofiev himself, and has become one of his most popular and beloved works.

The symphony can be considered to be one of the first neoclassical compositions. However, although it was composed in an attempt to emulate the style of Joseph Haydn, it does not do so strictly, and strongly reflects modern compositional practices and Prokofiev’s own voice. The work was partly inspired by his conducting studies at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory‎, where the instructor, Nikolai Tcherepnin, taught his students about conducting Haydn, among other composers.

The symphony is in four movements:

– Allegro 0:00
Larghetto 3:50
– Gavotta: Non troppo allegro 7:45
– Finale: Molto vivace 9:22

Conductor: Kurt Masur
Orchestra: Dresdner Philharmonie

 

Prokofiev – Romeo And Juliet – Juliet As A Young Girl (wonderful, expressive composition)



Prokofiev – Romeo And Juliet – Juliet As A Young Girl

 

Mark Farago plays Prokofiev 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet Op.75


Mark Farago plays 
Prokofiev: 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op.75
1. National Dance
2. Scena
3. Minuet
4. Juliet as a young girl
5. Masks
6. Montagues and Capulets
7. Friar Laurence
8. Mercutio
9. Dance of the girls with the lilies
10. Romeo and Juliet before parting

Mark Farago, piano
Recorded live on 23.03.2003 at the University of Szeged (Hungary)

 

Sergei Prokofiev – Symphony No. 1 ‘Classical’, op.25 (Riccardo Muti, conductor Wiener Philharmoniker 2 April 2000)


 From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 
 Sergei Prokofiev began work on his Symphony No. 1 in D major (Op. 25) in 1916, but wrote most of it in 1917, finishing work on September 10.[1] It is written in loose imitation of the style of Haydn (and to a lesser extent, Mozart), and is widely known as the Classical Symphony, a name given to it by the composer. It premiered on April 21, 1918 in Petrograd, conducted by Prokofiev himself,[1] and has become one of his most popular and beloved works.  More…

Dmitri Shostakovich Festive Uverture Op 96


Shostakovich Festive Overture Op 96 Live At The  Nobel Prize Concert 2009:

Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich,

Conductor: Yuri Temirkanov,
Orchestra: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic.

Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (September 1906 — 9 August 1975) was a Soviet Russian composer and one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century.

Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of Leon Trotsky‘s chief of staff Mikhail Tukhachevsky, but later had a complex and difficult relationship with the Stalinist bureaucracy. In 1936, the government, most probably under orders from Stalin, harshly criticized his opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, causing him to withdraw the Fourth Symphony during its rehearsal stages. Shostakovich’s music was officially denounced twice, in 1936 and 1948, and was periodically banned. Nevertheless, he also received accolades and state awards and served in the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR. Despite the official controversy, his works were popular and well received.

After a period influenced by Sergei Prokofiev and Igor Stravinsky, Shostakovich developed a hybrid style, as exemplified by Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (1934). This single work juxtaposed a wide variety of trends, including the neo-classical style (showing the influence of Stravinsky) and post-Romanticism (after Gustav Mahler). Sharp contrasts and elements of the grotesque characterize much of his music.

Shostakovich’s orchestral works include 15 symphonies and six concerti. His symphonic work is typically complex and requires large scale orchestras. Music for chamber ensembles includes 15 string quartets, a piano quintet, two pieces for a string octet, and two piano trios. For the piano he composed two solo sonatas, an early set of preludes, and a later set of 24 preludes and fugues. Other works include two operas, and a substantial quantity of film music. Read more about His life and work at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dmitri_Shostakovich