FROM THE ARCHIVE
Lina Prokofiev in Conversation (NoŽlle Mann)
Moments of my life (Serge Prokofiev)
Prokofiev and the press: a commentary
Remembering Yuri Nikolaevich Kholopov
MANCHESTER PROKOFIEV 2003 FESTIVAL
“Prokofiev and 20th-Century Culture”: a report
Public events report (David Nice)
TrapŤze re-interpreted (Stephen Press)
UK concerts round-up (David Nice)
Anniversary Gala Concert, 5 March 2003
Even though Prokofiev resolutely fought for his works to reach a wide audience, only a small proportion of his output has established itself in the concert repertoire since his death. This year though the situation changed, in particular in the UK where the celebrations surpassed in scope and depth even those of the 1991 Centenary. So what are the reasons for such wide coverage? It is not that Prokofiev has suddenly become popular with a wide audience (we still need to sell him), but he is now benefiting from the collective support of prestigious artists (Sir Edward Downes, Valery Gergiev, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Vladimir Ashkenazy to name but a few), of an articulate interest group represented by this journal, and a dedicated Archive. The Archive in particular has been instrumental in providing the expert advice, support and materials needed to convince and feed promoters, producers and the media.
As a response to these celebrations, the Anniversary Issue of Three Oranges concentrates and reports on some of the most important moments of “Prokofiev 2003”. In order to include the three events promoted, organised or supported by the Association – the Manchester Festival, the London Gala Concert and the TrapŤze premiŤre –, I had to delay going to press, for which I apologise. Of particular importance is the report on the international conference, which was the first-ever of such broad scope to bring together distinguished scholars from a variety of disciplines and countries (UK: 9; USA: 7; Russia: 7; Germany: 3; France: 3; Sweden: 1; Israel: 1). A great deal of photos were taken during the celebrations and I have endeavoured to include as many as possible, so that the readership may share in spirit the events they were not able to attend.
Finally, the regular section “From the Archive” brings the first instalment of Lina Prokofiev’s fascinating recollections of her life with her husband, which will continue in forthcoming issues.
Both the Association’s journal and Website have attracted the attention of, and positive feedback from, a variety of people and institutions around the world. This year is the most important one for us to achieve recognition and coverage, and consequently subscribers and members are encouraged to spread the word actively.