Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich | London Philharmonic Orchestra
Prokofiev’s second Violin Concerto is said to represent the composer’s focus on a ‘new simplicity’, but it’s a warm, heartfelt piece nonetheless as the composer’s long-breathed melodies mingle with moments of haunting stillness and thought. Shostakovich, too, had to alter course with his Sixth Symphony. After the Soviet authorities accepted the masked rebellion of his Fifth, Shostakovich felt compelled to be more honest and open; under the surface of the Sixth – first brooding and then bustling – emerges a grotesque picture of persecution ending in a gallop that portrayed, for one commentator, ‘a brazen display of vulgarity.’
- Jeu de Cartes, 'Card Game'
- Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
- Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No 2 in G minor
- Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
- Symphony No 6 in B minor
- Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)