Philharmonia Orchestra - Exile & Return
`You are a revolutionary in music, we are revolutionaries in life. We ought to work together. But if you want to go to America I shall not stand in your way.’
So said a `People's Commissar' to Sergei Prokofiev, when the composer left to escape the chaos of the new Soviet Union in 1918. It would be 18 years before Prokofiev returned home permanently.
Two dramatic cantatas by Prokofiev were composed just before and after his self-imposed exile. Seven, They Are Seven (1917) takes its text from the Russian translation of an ancient Mesopotamian script.
The massive Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the Revolution, featuring an accordion orchestra, military band, megaphone and maxim gun, brings the series to an earth-shattering close.
In between, Pekka Kuusisto returns for his second performance of the season: Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.1, composed in 1917.
Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor
Pekka Kuusisto violin
Maxim Aksenov tenor
Students from the Royal College of Music
RepertoireProkofiev: Seven, they are seven - cantata for tenor, chorus & orchestra, Op.30; Violin Concerto No.1
Prokofiev: Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution, Op.74
Dates & times
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Royal Festival Hall at 6pm: pre-concert event. A recital showcasing the talented recipients of the Philharmonia MMSF Instrumental Fellowship Programme. Admission free.
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