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Sergey Prokofiev

October 25, 2010

Irresistibly Freewheeling

After one Los Angeles concert, a critic called the performance "irresistibly freewheeling" and said the soloist "hot-rodded through the fast passages as if he was out to set speed records." The performance was a perfect storm of youthful energy: a concerto written by a 20-year-old hot-shot, performed by a soloist and conductor, both still this side of 30. It was a performance of Sergei Prokofiev's First Piano Concerto, written in 1911 while he was still a conservatory student. Simon Trpceski was the soloist, with Gustavo Dudamel leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic. We'll hear that turbo-charged performance from Los Angeles in today's show.

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hour 1

  • William Byrd
    The Bells
    The Denver Brass, Kenneth Singleton, conductor
  • William Byrd
    Miserere Mihi
    Stile Antico
    Boston Early Music Festival, Boston
  • Isaac Albeniz
    Cuba and Torre Bermeja
    Jason Vieaux, guitar
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Prelude, BWV 998
    Jason Vieaux, guitar
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Perfchat with Jason Vieaux
  • Richard Strauss
    Overture to Capriccio
    The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Okko Kamu, conductor
    Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland
  • Richard Strauss
    Winterweihe (Winter Consecration), Op. 48, No. 4
    Renee Fleming, soprano, Gerald Martin Moore, piano
    Benaroya Hall, Seattle
  • Richard Strauss
    Excerpt from Horn Concerto No. 1, Op. 11
    Jennifer Montone, horn
    Grzegorz Fitelberg Concert Hall, Katowice, Poland

hour 2

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Prelude in G Minor, Op. 23, No. 5
    Simon Trpceski, piano
  • Luigi Boccherini
    Symphony in D Minor, Op. 12, No. 4, G. 506 (The Devil's House)
    The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Hidemi Suzuki, conductor
    City Recital Hall, Sydney, Australia
  • Sergei Prokofiev
    Devilish Inspiration, Op. 4
    Jean-Louis Steuerman, piano
    Cultural Centre, Hong Kong, China
  • Georg Philipp Telemann
    Ensemble Caprice
    Town Hall, Seattle
  • Sergei Prokofiev
    Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat, Op. 10
    Simon Trpceski, piano, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
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