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Review: PMF Orchestra conveys Prokofiev's war stories

2:58 PM, Aug. 20, 2013
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The backdrop of Sergei Prokofiev's life was Russian war.

As a piano and organ student at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, the composer witnessed the entrance of Russia into World War I, and later, the Russian Revolution. In the 1930s, as he rose internationally as a composer, pianist and conductor, the newly-formed Soviet Union descended into World War II. And the death of another Russian legend overshadowed Prokofiev's: both Joseph Stalin and Prokofiev died March 5, 1953.

Militaristic and at times mournful, Prokofiev's music evokes the Russian conflicts that pervaded his life. ...

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