The Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63, written in 1935 by Sergei Prokofiev, is a work in three movements:
It was premiered on 1 December 1935 at the Teatro Monumental in Madrid, by the French violinist Robert Soetens and the Madrid Symphony Orchestra conducted by Enrique Fernández Arbós. Prokofiev wrote it after the first performance of his Sonata for Two Violins, by Soetens and Samuel Dushkin, which pleased him greatly. Dushkin had recently had a concerto written for him by Igor Stravinsky, so Prokofiev did the same for Soetens. Prokofiev was on a concert tour with Soetens while he was working on the concerto, and later wrote, "the number of places in which I wrote the Concerto shows the kind of nomadic concert-tour life I led then. The main theme of the 1st movement was written in Paris, the first theme of the 2nd movement at Voronezh, the orchestration was finished in Baku and the premiere was given in Madrid."
The Spanish liked the premiere so much that they sent a delegation of musicians to thank Prokofiev afterwards.
Performances & Interviews
- Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No 2 in G minor - BBC Proms 2013https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01dj7kw.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01dj7kw.jpg2013-07-31T10:22:00.000ZThomas Søndergård conducts Daniel Hope (violin) and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No 2 in G minor.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01dj7xb
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No 2 in G minor - BBC Proms 2013Thomas Søndergård conducts Daniel Hope (violin) and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No 2 in G minor.