26 November 2012


Just an hour today, pretty quick.  A coincidentally Russian string of requests; the Prokofiev was the only thing I wanted to play for sure.  The third and fourth movements of his Symphony No. 1 are incredible.  The 3rd is also featured as the foundation of the gavotte in his wonderful ballet, Romeo and Juliet.  I might like the chunk in the ballet better, only because it’s a little longer.  I appreciate the brevity of the first symphony, but the melody is too nice not to splash around in for a while.  The energy of the fourth movement of the symphony is a great testament to the young composer’s brilliant vision.

From the ballet:

From Symphony No. 1:

I have to say, the Marianne Faithful was sort of a mistake, but the Magnetic Fields song is nice.

Hour 1

2:58 PM
Marianne Faithful
Broken English
Blazing Away

2:54 PM
Big Star
Lady Sweet
In Space

2:54 PM
Magnetic Fields
Asleep and Dreaming
69 Love Songs

2:40 PM
Prokofiev (Dresden Philharmonic, Kurt Masur, conductor)
Symphony No. 1

2:14 PM
Stravinsky (Los Angeles Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta, conductor)
Petrushka, First and (part of) Second Movement
Petruska, Circus Polka

2:13 PM
Shostakovich (Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Kiril Kondrashin, conductor)
Symphony No. 5, Second Movement
The First Releases: February 1967