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Prokofiev Symphonies

Cadogan Hall: 26, 27 & 28 September 2016


Mariinsky Orchestra
Valery Gergiev – conductor
Kristóf Baráti – violin
Alexander Ramm – cello


Throughout 2016 Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre celebrate the 125th anniversary of Prokofiev’s birth with possibly the greatest concentration of performances of his works ever presented. As part of this celebration and following on from their concert performance of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet in April, Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra returneded to Cadogan Hall to present this complete cycle of Prokofiev’s symphonies. In the first two concerts they were joined by Hungarian violinist Kristóf Baráti for both of Prokofiev’s glorious Violin Concertos.

The seven symphonies span Prokofiev’s entire career from the youthful and sparkling Classical Symphony through to the lyrical and enigmatic Seventh Symphony, completed the year before his death.

Monday 26 September

Prokofiev – Symphony No. 1 in D major (Classical)
Prokofiev – Symphony No. 2 in D minor
Prokofiev – Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major
Prokofiev – Symphony No. 3 in C minor

Tuesday 27 September

Prokofiev – Symphony No. 4 in C major
Prokofiev – Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor
Prokofiev – Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

Wednesday 28 September

Prokofiev – Symphony No. 6 in E flat minor
Prokofiev – Sinfonia Concertante in E minor for cello and orchestra
Prokofiev – Symphony No. 7 in C sharp minor

Valery Gergiev is a born Prokofiev interpreter (Guardian)

For those who like to hear the violin played at its sweet and acrobatic best, then Baráti is out of the top drawer. (Gramophone)


Valery Gergiev conducts the Mariinsky orchestra in the third movement of Prokfiev’s Symphony No. 1 in D major (Classical)