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Prokofiev in Transition

Sergei Prokofiev

Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and more on The New York Philharmonic This Week, Thursday at 8:00 PM

 

The New York Philharmonic This Week features Greek violin virtuoso Leonidas Kavakos performing Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto, one of the most-played of Prokofiev’s concertos. It’s been suggested that it was the composer’s return to the Soviet Union that prompted his rejection of the avant garde—as if he had immediately fallen under the thumb of Soviet hardliners, or worse, pandered to them—but Princeton professor and Prokofiev biographer Simon Morrison says otherwise.

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