Sergei Prokofiev in Salle Gaveau, Paris - 28 April, 1921, at night

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 1 - 30 April 1921, pages 599-600:

Next came Scythian Suite. I was passionately interested to hear it - my first time from the body of the hall*. Pretty good! In the first movement the first half sounded a trifle garish, resplendent all the same, and the second half was excellent. Koussevitzky dragged out the tempo rather too much, and the movement seemed over long, also he ended it 'with temperament' so the audience was not emboldened to applaud. The second movement had plenty of life, but alongside those sonorities that were successful were some that were insufficiently subtle, giving rise to a few places …   more >>

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Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 1 - 30 April 1921, p. 599-600. accessed: 29 February, 2024

location of experience: Salle Gaveau, Paris


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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Ala i Lolli
written by Sergei Prokofiev

Experience Information

Date/Time 28 April, 1921, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


* S.P. had conducted previous performances of the work, under the title of the 'Ala and Lolli Suite'.

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Sun, 21 Feb 2016 15:10:52 +0000
Approved on Mon, 18 Jun 2018 10:07:57 +0100