This lecture will follow the tortuous path of Prokofiev’s transformation into a Soviet artist. Prokofiev had pursued his career abroad and returned to (Soviet) Russia as a major international celebrity. Even though he was willing, in principle, to write “music for the people”, he found it very difficult to meet the precise demands of the state. Prokofiev was one of the most highly honoured Soviet artists, but he was still hounded into near silence towards the end of his life.
During the lecture, the Bodman String Quartet performs Prokofiev's String Quartet No. 2:
Polina Makhina (violin)
Mila Ferramosca (violin)
Charles Whittaker (viola)
Laura Armstrong (cello)
A lecture by Marina Frolova-Walker
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