Rachmaninoff The Isle of the Dead
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1
Rachmaninoff Symphonic DancesVladimir Jurowski conductor
Elena Tanski violin
As Sergei Prokofievâ€™s first violin concerto began to take shape in the summer of 1915, the composer wrote of â€˜a beautiful, tender theme that gives me much pleasureâ€™. When the piece was eventually finished over four years later it was precisely those themes â€“ the Concertoâ€™s tender, dreamy nonchalance â€“ that surprised those who thought its creator a noisy enfant terrible.
Forced out of Russia into exile in the USA, Serge Rachmaninoff wrote his last orchestral work in 1940, the Symphonic Dances. A strange sense of foreboding pervades these compelling orchestral choreographies, but thereâ€™s optimism in the piece too, as the composer moves from the dark world of his own The Isle of the Dead to quote the striving â€˜Alleluiaâ€™ from his All-Night Vigil.
In co-operation with the Serge Rachmaninoff Foundation.