Sergei Prokofiev in Pavlovsk Palace - 16 May, 1914, in the morning

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 16 May 1914, pages 681-682:

At a quarter to nine I was at the station and at nine departed with Kolechka [Nikolay Myaskovsky] for Pavlovsk. The Andante, with which he began, sounded wonderful, especially the middle section. The Finale was not nearly so successful and not everything came off in the first movement either, as Aslanov dragged out the tempo with excessive ritardandos. I was following the rehearsal with the piano score. I am fond of this symphony, although of course it would be even better if it had more vigour and more élan, and if the orchestration were more colourful.

cite as

Sergey Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 16 May 1914. In Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries 1907-1914 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 681-682. accessed: 24 February, 2024

location of experience: Pavlovsk Palace


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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Symphony No. 1
written by Nikolai Myaskovsky
performed by Aslanov

Experience Information

Date/Time 16 May, 1914, in the morning
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Thu, 29 Oct 2015 00:30:16 +0000
Approved on Mon, 11 Jun 2018 14:24:22 +0100