Imitation is the greatest form of flattery, or so they say. Prokofiev flattered the classical era (think Mozart and Haydn) to perfection with his first symphony – music that is vibrant, festive and cheerful. Saint-Saëns’ flamboyant piano concerto is a lavish, satisfying feast of melody, grabbing your attention right from the start. We close with Scheherazade, inspired by ‘The Tales of the Arabian Nights’, in which the composer’s signature style of rich and colourful orchestral sound is combined with an array of seductive musical flavours.
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- Prokofiev, Classical Symphony (15mins)
- Saint-Saëns, Piano Concerto No. 2 (24mins)
- Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade (42mins)