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.
|2:58 PM||Marianne Faithful||Broken English||Blazing Away||Island|
|2:54 PM||Big Star||Lady Sweet||In Space||Rykodisc|
|2:54 PM||Magnetic Fields||Asleep and Dreaming||69 Love Songs||Merge|
|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||London|
|2:13 PM||Shostakovich (Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Kiril Kondrashin, conductor)||Symphony No. 5, Second Movement||The First Releases: February 1967||Melodiya|