Sergei Prokofiev in Carnegie Hall - 28 January, 1919

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 28 January 1919, page 384:

Rachmaninoff gave the first performance today of his new version of the First Concerto. I love the first movement very much, it is naive and poetical, if a little long. Now everything has been skilfully smoothed out, but when Rachmaninoff decides to insert a touch of modernism in the shape of consecutive triads with parallel fifths, it jars unpleasantly on the ear; it's not at all stylish. Nor is the new final section very successful; after the dreamy subsidiary episodes its bluster is repellent. It used to be commonly agreed that the second and third movements are plain bad, but in the new…   more >>

cite as, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 28 January 1919, p. 384. accessed: 22 July, 2024

location of experience: Carnegie Hall


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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Piano Concerto no. 1
written by Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Rachmaninoff
performed by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Experience Information

Date/Time 28 January, 1919
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Thu, 07 Jan 2016 11:14:36 +0000
Approved on Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:30:23 +0100