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Work: Symphony no. 3 in C minor, Op.44

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ComposerProkofiev, Sergei (1891-1953)
Period20th century
Year1928
Work typeOrchestral
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A decade after Riccardo Muti was appointed CSO’s Music Director, the chemistry between conductor and ensemble couldn’t be more evident.
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