Stravinsky and Prokofiev.

Stravinsky and Prokofiev:

  • Violin Concertos

The two violin concertos performed on this recording display many similarities and  differences.  Both were created  by  composers in conflict with their native Russia – one choosing to return there, the other settling permanently in exile;

The concertos are:


  • Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63


  • Violin Concerto in D

Performed by Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin), with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski

Prokofiev preserves the traditional formats of the concerto, as we know it from the likes of the Brahms violin concerto. Yet he also explores music with  a new lyricism.

Stravinsky, however, reworks the trusted old concerto models while offering a new,  expressive style.

Here is the violin concerto by Igor Stravinsky, as performed by violinist Leila Josefowicz:

And next, here is the Prokofiev concerto #2, as played by Gil Shaham:

Tags: Prokofiev, Stravinsky, violin concerto, Patricia Kopatchinskaja