An all-you-can-eat Prokofiev buffet from the Mariinsky

Prokofiev: Mariinsky Orchestra/Gergiev ***

Cadogan Hall, 28th September 2016

When it comes to Prokofiev binges in London, Valery Gergiev’s got form. While his recent Proms marathon of all five piano concertos was variable, I hold fond memories of his symphony cycle with the LSO in 2004, a staggering achievement which was the foundation for his eventual appointment as chief conductor. Gergiev is the most committed advocate for Prokofiev, so it is no surprise that in this 125th anniversary year, he is leading the celebrations. Not content with all seven symphonies, he programmed the three string concertos too, over just three nights. Too much in this all-you-can-eat Prokofiev buffet?

Valery Gergiev © Alexander Shapunov

Valery Gergiev
© Alexander Shapunov

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