While our Sunday Concert season is on hiatus, check out our new audio tour stop on Eugène Delacroix’s painting, Paganini. Music Specialist Jeremy Ney describes Paganini’s role in music history and provides an excerpt from Rachel Barton Pine’s January performance of his music. And if this whets your appetite, have a listen to our music podcast from our last season.
In an earlier post we heard from Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg, who performed at the Phillips in November 2013, on the complex and often ambiguous nature of Prokofiev’s Eighth piano sonata. Here in part 2, he offers more of his perspectives on Prokofiev, as well as his thoughts Maurice Ravel’s La Valse, and Prokofiev’s countryman and contemporary, Dmitri Shostakovich.
This week marks the birthday of one of Russia’s most enduring composers, Sergei Prokofiev, born April 23, 1891. A brilliant composer whose life straddled a difficult cultural and political time in his native land, Prokofiev often had to tread a thin, precarious line between his private artistic life and his dual-life as a public figure in Soviet Russia.