Episode 1, 2020: Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante
Wednesday 27 May 2020
After a disastrous premiere in 1938, Sergei Prokofiev put away his Sinfonia Concertante. It wasn’t until 1947 that it resurfaced, when a 20-year-old cello student, Mstislav Rostropovich, discovered it from the archives and performed it at the Moscow Conservatory. After that performance, Prokofiev worked with the young virtuoso to improve the composition – the rest is history.
In this episode of ANAM Radio, cellist James Morley talks to Phil Lambert (our Music Librarian) about how he first discovered Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante and why he decided to perform it as part of ANAM’s 2019 Concerto Competition.
James was one of three finalists to perform in the Grand Final of the 2019 Concerto Competition with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in Hobart. The music you will hear is from his Melbourne performance where he performed the piece with Leigh Harrold on piano. James received the Audience Choice Award for this performance.
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PROKOFIEV Sinfonia Concertante op. 125
James Morley SA cello
Leigh Harrold piano
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