26 November 2012
Just an hour today, pretty quick. A coincidentally Russian string of requests; the Prokofiev was the only thing I wanted to play for sure. The third and fourth movements of his Symphony No. 1 are incredible. The 3rd is also featured as the foundation of the gavotte in his wonderful ballet, Romeo and Juliet. I might like the chunk in the ballet better, only because it’s a little longer. I appreciate the brevity of the first symphony, but the melody is too nice not to splash around in for a while. The energy of the fourth movement of the symphony is a great testament to the young composer’s brilliant vision.
From the ballet:
From Symphony No. 1:
I have to say, the Marianne Faithful was sort of a mistake, but the Magnetic Fields song is nice.
Asleep and Dreaming
69 Love Songs
Prokofiev (Dresden Philharmonic, Kurt Masur, conductor)
Symphony No. 1
Stravinsky (Los Angeles Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta, conductor)
Petrushka, First and (part of) Second Movement
Petruska, Circus Polka
Shostakovich (Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Kiril Kondrashin, conductor)
Symphony No. 5, Second Movement
The First Releases: February 1967