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Saturday, October 1, 2016 Permalink

The Prokofiev-Haydn Connection

Sergei Prokofiev and Joseph Haydn


In spite of the political unrest in his native Russia—or, perhaps, because of itSergei Prokofiev spent the summer of 1917 in the country, writing the kind of symphony that Joseph Haydn might have written had he lived in the twentieth century.

It was, in a way, a daring move for a composer whose forceful, modernistic style had gained him the reputation of someone with little interest in the status quo.

In this hour, Sergei Prokofiev’s Classical Symphonyand the symphonies of Joseph Haydn that inspired it. 

Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Haydn: 12 “London Symphonies” (No. 95) London Philharmonic Orchestra, Eugen Jochum. DGG 437 20102 028947436423
Prokofiev: Romeo & Julliet Kirov Orchestra, St Petersburg. Valery Gergiev Philips 432166-2  0028943216623
Prokofiev: Classical Symphony            National Orchestra of France, Lorin Maazel. CBS MK 39557   07464395572

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