Melodic surprises in the shadow of Stalin

Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante is tough and beautiful! © Charles Thibo

I can claim some stage experience, oh yes! Not as a pianist, but as an actor. I must have been around 16, and our local school needed someone to play a grandpa. The size did fit and as far as the beard was concerned, there’s always a solution. What I hadn’t been aware of at the beginning: I was to be taught precise steps by a choreographer to match Sergei Prokofiev’s “Grandpa theme” in “Peter and the Wolf”! And for many years, “Peter and the Wolf” was the only piece by Prokofiev that I knew. That changed when I looked for a recording of Tchaikovsky’s “Rococco Variations”.

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