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Work: Violin Concerto no. 2 in G minor, Op.63

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ComposerProkofiev, Sergei (1891-1953)
Period20th century
Year1935
Work typeOrchestral
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ValenciaLa Pastoral de Beethoven

La Pastoral de Beethoven
Farrenc, Prokofiev, Beethoven
Orquesta de Valencia; Ramón Tebar; Vadim Repin

OsakaKhachaturian, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky

Khachaturian, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky
Khachaturian, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky
Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra; Kazuyoshi Akiyama; Ayana Tsuji

OsloElena Schwarz and Yi Yang - Prokofiev and Shostakovich

Ligeti, Prokofiev, Shostakovich
The Norwegian Radio Orchestra; Elena Schwarz; Yang Yi

LondonSwedish Philharmonia (Gävle Symphony Orchestra)

Swedish Philharmonia (Gävle Symphony Orchestra)
Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Sibelius
Gävle Symfoniorkester; Jaime Martín; Viktoria Mullova

Los AngelesProkofiev & Shostakovich

Thorvaldsdottir, Prokofiev, Shostakovich
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; Karina Canellakis; Nicola Benedetti
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A joyful start from Maxim Emelyanychev and the SCO

Maxim Emelyanychev © Gordon Burniston

Colourful Hersant, virtuosic Prokofiev with Carolin Widmann and Mozart’s “Jupiter” packed with unpredictable excitement.

****1
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Mäkelä: brilliant Severance Hall debut leading The Cleveland Orchestra

Augustin Hadelich, Klaus Mäkelä and The Cleveland Orchestra © Suziao Yang
The young Finnish conductor, stepping in on short notice, led an incandescent performance of Beethoven’s Symphony no. 7. Augustin Hadelich was an excellent soloist in Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto no. 2.
*****
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Prom 17: Viennese whirls and Finnish chills from the BRSO

Yannick Nézet-Séguin © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
When Mariss Jansons was forced to withdraw from his orchestra's tour, the BRSO couldn't have found a better step-in than Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
*****
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Chauhan and the RPO save the best till last

Alpesh Chauhan © Marcello Orselli
A potentially stimulating mix of full-bloodied Russian orchestral writing not fully realised by the RPO and Alpesh Chauhan, but with a promising concerto debut by Diana Adamyan.
***11
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Exploring extremes: a rich, rewarding programme in Berlin

Anna Thorvaldsdottir © Saga Sigurdardottir
Orchestra and conductor seem equally at home in Anna Thorvaldsdottir's galactic soundscapes and Richard Strauss' Symphonia Domestica. 
****1
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