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Prokofiev: Classical Symphony (No. 1)

Somehow, this piece sounded exactly how Prokofiev described it: like a modern Haydn symphony. Last year I undertook the challenge of listening to all 104 Haydn symphonies, but I only got about halfway through. 154 more words

Cenerentola di qua...

A few thoughts on the Mariinsky’s Cinderella, created for the company by Alexei Ratmansky in 2002. 

The Mariinsky Ballet's Cinderella

This past weekend at BAM, Russia’s Mariinsky Ballet presented the New York premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s 2002 production of Cinderella. While Ratmansky is known for storytelling – often times to humorous effect – and whimsy, this piece predates some of his more recent, masterful works. 415 more words


Day 110 - January 18th - Prokofiev and friends

Another late one. I’ve just got back from a truly lovely evening out in London, catching up with wonderful friends and then going to see the electrifying London Symphony Orchestra play play a program of Prokofiev, de Falla and Rimsky-Korsakov. More tomorrow.

Wye The Flute?

BBC Music Magazine

This illustration from 2012 accompanied an article in BBC Music Magazine about classical music for children. The pieces referenced in the image are, clockwise from top left, Prokofiev’s… 51 more words


Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky

For some classical ‘blood and thunder’, I recommend Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky.

The first six minutes of the 12 minute ‘Battle on the Ice’ is epic stuff; and accompanied Eisenstein’s equally epic 1938 film. 46 more words

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