Sergei Prokofiev’s talents as a pianist and composer emerged early. An exasperated music teacher once told the boy, “I guess I should be studying with you!” On this edition of The Great Russian Piano Tradition, David Dubal reflects on the first half of Prokofiev’s life and music, tracing his journey from precocious student to enfant terrible of the pre-Revolution Russian arts world.
Prokofiev was the last great Russian master born in the 19th century. Even as he explored dissonance and adventurous coloration, his work was always firmly rooted in his Russian heritage. Tonight’s program features his earliest works, including portions of his first sonata and concerto, performed by Sviatoslav Richter, Vladimir Horowitz, Evgeny Kissin and more.
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 1 Op. 1
Sergei Prokofiev: Etude in C minor Op. 2 No.3
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 10 section 3 - Allegro scherzando
Sergei Prokofiev: Sarcasms, Op. 17: Preciptosissimo
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 7 Op. 83: Andante caloroso
Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata No. 3 Op. 2
International Piano Archives
Sergei Prokofiev: Visions Fugitives, Op. 22, No. 18: Con una dolce lentezza
Sergei Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67: The Triumphal Procession
Sergei Prokofiev" Piano Concerto No. 3 in C, Op. 26: 3rd Movement