Conductor Valery Gergiev, the Mariinsky Orchestra, and five renowned soloists perform Sergei Prokofiev's piano concertos in this marriage of virtuosic repertoire and pianistic might—part of year two of the Mariinsky’s residency at BAM. Context is everything, so get even closer to the program with this curated selection of articles and videos related to the show. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought below and by posting on social media using #MariinskyBAM.
The Mariinsky at BAM (PDF)
“Prokofiev Lyrical, Prokofiev Grotesque” (BAM blog)
One was supposed to be easy (It wasn’t). One was supposed to boost the career of a one-armed pianist (It didn’t). But Prokofiev’s piano concertos mesmerize nonetheless.
“Prokofiev: The Genius in Stalin’s Shadow” (Radio Free Europe)
Prokofiev’s return to the Soviet Union was the ultimate Faustian bargain.
“Daniil Trifonov: A Pianist Ahead of his Time” (Washington Post)
A profile of the rising Russian star.
Watch & Listen
Drawing on the theatre's rich legacy, the Mariinsky Label showcases the company's extraordinary talent with new recordings of both iconic and lesser-known works.
Audio & Video
Sergei Prokofiev (BBC)
Explore all things Prokofiev at this BBC site devoted to the composer.
Living the Classical Life: Daniil Trifonov (YouTube)
Practicing underwater helps, a simple phrase can be played a thousand ways, and other lessons from the introspective star.
George Li in Recital (RuTube.ru)
Li offers Beethoven, Liszt, and Chopin in this solo performance.
Sergei Redkin at the XV Tchaikovsky Competition (Medici.tv)
Watch Redkin’s performance in Round 1 of the prestigious competition.
Sergei Babayan & Daniil Trifonov Play Rachmaninoff (Medici.tv)
The pianists perform the composer’s Suite No.2 for two pianos.
Alexander Toradze Plays Prokofiev (YouTube)
Toradze plays the raucous final movement of Prokofiev’s seventh piano sonata.
Now your turn...
What did you think? Who captured the folk, who the form, and who the fire? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #MariinskyBAM.