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Sergey Prokofiev

January 3, 2013

Teasing the Geese

The young Sergei Prokofiev was fed up with critics who thought he could only write crunchy, avant-garde music. So he threw them a musical curve ball, his "Classical" symphony, written in a Haydnesque style. He called it "a challenge to tease the geese." David Robertson leads the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Prokofiev's First Symphony, in concert at the iconic Opera House in Sydney, Australia.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Dmitri Shostakovich
    Polka from l'Age d'Or (the Golden Age), Op. 22
    The Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi, conductor
  • Alexander Borodin
    Excerpt from Polovtsian Dances, from Prince Igor
    The Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi, conductor
  • Giuseppe Giamberti
    Ballo di Mantova
    Clematis, Leonardo Garcia-Alarcon, director
    Roisin Summer Music Festival, Roisin, Belgium
  • Erik Satie
    Gymnopedie No. 1
    The Salastina Music Society
    Thayer Hall, Los Angeles
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23
    Daniil Trifonov, piano, the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, Nikolaj Znaider, conductor
    Salle Pleyel, Paris, France

hour 2

  • Richard Wagner
    Siegfried Idyll
    The Czech Nonet
    Morrison Center Recital Hall, Boise, Idaho
  • Traditional Irish
    An Teicheahd go Heigipt (Flight into Egypt)
    Anonymous 4
    Spivey Hall, Morrow, Georgia
  • Sergey Khvoschchinsky
    Ave Maria
    The Rose Ensemble, Jordan Sramek, director
    Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis
  • Vaclav Trojan
    Excerpts from the Valiant Knight Bajaja
    The Czech Nonet
  • Sergei Prokofiev
    Symphony No. 1 in D, Op. 25 (Classical)
    The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, David Robertson, conductor
    Opera House, Sydney, Australia
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