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number three may 2002


EDITOR
NoŽlle Mann
REVIEWS EDITOR
David Nice
TRANSLATIONS
Edward Morgan
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Summary

Editorial

EDITORIAL
- A Word from the Editor

FROM THE DIARIES
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Ettal 1922-23 (Sviatoslav Prokofiev)

PROKOFIEV’S WRITINGS
- A Bad Dog (Serge Prokofiev)

- On Contemporary Russian Music
(Serge Prokofiev)

FEATURE: The Fiery Angel
- Prokofiev and Briusov (SimonMorrison)

- Letter to Boris Demchinsky (Serge Prokofiev)

ARTICLES
- Anglo-American Attitudes (David Nice)

- Serge Prokofiev: The Composer as Interpreter
(Mark Arnest)

- Story of a Disagreement between Prokofiev and Souvchinsky (Elena Poldiaeva)

A PHOTO - A STORY

ARTISTS ON PROKOFIEV’S MUSIC
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Prokofiev’s Unfinished Concertino: a Twisted Tale (Steven Isserlis)

REVIEWS
-
War and Peace at the English National Opera
(David Nice)

- Concert and CD roundup

This, the third Issue of Three Oranges, concentrates on writings by Prokofiev: a short story from 1917, a long and fascinating analytical document on The Fiery Angel and an article on modern Russian composers. These reveal the composer as a man of multiple talents and interests.
     As mentioned previously, I am keen that Three Oranges should include some examples of the latest thinking in Russia on Prokofiev’s significance. In this Issue, a Russian musicologist outlines Prokofiev’s relationship with the significant thinker, Pierre Souvchinsky.
     In addition, Sviatoslav Prokofiev continues to provide extracts from his father’s unpublished diaries (1907–1933), while I include two documents in translation from the Archive. As the first contributor to a new series of “Artists on Prokofiev’s music,” the cellist Steven Isserlis shares with us a personal and entertaining account of his involvement with the Concertino.
     All this, along with the by now customary inclusion of photos which are either little-known or published for the first time, ensure that this Issue, too, will be an invaluable document on Prokofiev’s life and work.
     I should like to announce that Vladimir Ashkenazy has accepted to join Valery Gergiev on the Association’s Board of Patrons. See below for details.

NoŽlle MANN, Editor of Three Oranges
 

Vladimir AshkenazyI feel privileged to be associated with a composer such as Prokofiev. I have felt affection and admiration for him ever since my childhood and soon after graduating from the Moscow Conservatory, I felt it was my duty to express these feelings. I gave a recital in the Small Hall of the Conservatory, playing the sixth, seventh and eighth sonatas in one evening. Richter attended and made some complimentary comments afterwards. This was a great day for me!
     As a pianist, I have a particularly close relationship with the eighth sonata, and find its first movement one of Prokofiev’s most sincere and moving pages. As a conductor, my heart goes particularly to Romeo and Juliet and the Fifth Symphony.
     I wish the Serge Prokofiev Association much luck with its dedicated work and I look forward to following and supporting its progress in years to come; starting of course with Prokofiev 2003 during which I am organising a Festival at the South Bank, London, in the second half of March.

Vladimir ASHKENAZY