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Sergey Prokofiev

November 30, 2010

A battle to the death

When Sergei Prokofiev's First Piano Concerto premiered in 1918 in New York, one critic called it "a duel, a battle to the death between the pianist and the piano." He said the piano could be heard "shrieking, groaning, howling, and fighting back." Funny how what's outrageous to listeners in one century is embraced by another. The concerto now gets a warm reception from audiences. We'll hear Bulgarian pianist Plamena Mangova performing it in Madrid, Spain.

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hour 1

  • Sergei Prokofiev
    Second movement from Symphony No. 1 in D, Op. 25 (Classical)
    The London Symphony Orchestra, Walter Weller, conductor
  • Brad Richter and Viktor Uzur
    The Richter Uzur Duo
    Browning Center for the Performing Arts, Ogden, Utah
  • Gottfried Finger
    Sonata No. 4 in D Minor for Viola da Gamba and Continuo
    Hille Perl, viola de gamba, Lee Santana, lute
    Konzerthaus, Berlin, Germany
  • Sergei Prokofiev
    Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat, Op. 10
    Plamena Mangova, piano, the RTVE Symphony Orchestra, Walter Weller, conductor
    Teatro Monumental, Madrid, Spain
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
    Tahiti Trot, Op. 16 (Tea for Two)
    The Houston Symphony Orchestra, Brett Mitchell, conductor
    Jones Hall, Houston
  • George Gershwin
    Three Preludes
    Lara St. John, violin, Martin Kennedy, piano
    Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, Athens, Georgia
  • Louis Armstrong
    Yes, I'm in the Barrel
    John C. Borden Auditorium, New York City

hour 2

  • George Gershwin
    But Not for Me
    Joshua Bell, violin, the London Symphony Orchestra, John Williams, conductor
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Serenade No. 13 in G, K. 525 (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik)
    The Irish Chamber Orchestra, Katherine Hunka, conductor and violin
    Royal Dublin Society Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland
  • Anonymous
    Four Tunes from the 13th Century
    Grand Desir
    Geertekerk, Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • Henri Vieuxtemps
    Souvenir of America
    Joshua Bell, violin
    Laeiszhalle, Hamburg, Germany
  • Fritz Kreisler
    Joshua Bell, violin, Matthew Bengtson, piano
    NPR Studio 4A, Washington, D.C.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Romance No. 2 in F for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 50
    Joshua Bell, violin, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
    Ordway Center, St. Paul
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