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Anna Shelest - Prokofiev: Piano Concertos 1&2 / KDFC: Download of the Week

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Each week KDFC: San Francisco members can download a free mp3 from some of the biggest releases in the world of Classical music. This week's pick is a Sorel Classics release and new recording of Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No.1, in D flat, Op.10 and Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16 (SC CD006), performed by the Ukrainian-born, Julliard-trained pianist Anna Shelest, with the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, Niels Muus, conductor.

Sergei Prokofiev began composing his Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat major, Op. 10, in 1911 and finished it in 1912. A one-movement concerto, it is the shortest of his five complete piano concertos, lasting only around a quarter of an hour. Sergei Prokofiev began work on his Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16, in 1912 and completed it in 1913. But this concerto was lost; the score was apparently destroyed in a fire following the Russian Revolution. Prokofiev reconstructed the work in 1923, and dedicated it to the memory of Maximilian Schmidthof, a friend of the composer's at the St. Petersburg Conservatory.

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