Prokofiev: Symphonic Song; Piano Concerto No 5
Live from the Royal Festival Hall, London
Presented by Martin Handley
The London Philharmonic plays Prokofiev, in a festival of his music conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. Including his Piano concerto no.5 (with Steven Osborne), and his Symphony no.6.
The music of Prokofiev is championed in this programme by the London Philharmonic forming part of a larger series on the composer, assembled by the orchestra's principal conductor, Vladimir Jurowski. Jurowski has a strong affinity with Prokofiev's music, and feels that his genius as a composer is often overlooked.
Ripe for rediscovery is the extraordinary Symphonic Song, dark and brooding at the outset, followed by brassy outbursts and a triumphant ending. The Fifth Piano concerto is a temperamental but brilliantly accomplished piece, and the Sixth Symphony, written after the end of WWII, is both a commemorative and life-affirming work.
Prokofiev: Symphonic Song, Op.57
Prokofiev: Piano concerto no.5
Steven Osborne (piano)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
conductor Vladimir Jurowski.