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In Reply to: RE: That Prok Catata posted by Newey on April 10, 2017 at 18:59:38
If one can divorce the text from the music, "October" is worth a listen.
The composer put a lot of time and effort into the immense piece only to withdraw it out of fear that it would offend. Scary times for Soviet composers, even the Idealist Prokofiev.
October was performed for the first time after Prokofiev's (and Stalin's) death and it still gets resurrected from time to time.
"Revolution" (with it's multitude of notes) is particularly vivid, and who couldn't love a piece that includes four accordions? "Spring" and "Philosophers" are worth a listen as well.
I just want to make sure I've understood you.
You don't care for him?
Even the 8th and 10th syms?
Even the string quartets?
Severius! Supremus Invictus
. . . and, every so often, I'm even forced to grind out some practice and play many of these pieces against my will (both piano concertos, cello concerto, violin concerto - last two movements anyway, cello sonata, piano trio and various smaller pieces). When the music you've heard and/or played by a given composer seems so trashy to you, you generally don't make a point of trying to listen to even more of that composer's music. OTOH, owning (or having owned) the following recordings, I'm very familiar with Prokofiev's great (and far from cheesy!) "Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution":
BTW, thanks for that link (in your previous post) to the Gergiev performance on uTube - I'd forgotten about it. OTOH, this is a work where only the highest fi recordings will do! ;-)
We are talking about arrangers of noise, after all. : )
You've got awhile to go before you're worthy of his muse.
Now THAT'S some fine cheesiness! ;-)
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