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Belgian National Orchestra, Kochanovsky & Eberle

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Prokofiev Festival: Violin Concerto 1 & Ballet Music

In this second symphonic concert of the Prokofiev Festival, German violinist Veronika Eberle performs the First Violin Concerto, written in the year of the Russian Revolution (1917). It took until 1923 for the concerto to be premiered in Paris because Prokofiev fled to the United States and then Western Europe immediately after completing the composition. One of the first violinists to play it, Joseph Szigeti, described Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto as a mixture of fairy-tale naivety and daring wildness”. Two suites are also on the programme: Chout (about a jester who tricked seven others) and The Prodigal Son (based on the biblical parable of the same name).