The of the most well-known symphonies by Prokofjev in one concert. The Rotterdam Phiharmonic Orchestra, led by their new chief-conductor Lahav Shani, performs a Russian programm. The concert starts with Prokofjevs First Symphony, which was nicknamed 'Classical', for different reasons. The composor hoped to have composed an unforgettable piece and used classical elements in the symphony. Among other styles, he immitated the rococo-style, gracefull but also humourus. His Fifth Symphony was composed much later and shows a completely different Prokofjev. Scared by life, worried about the Second World War.
Shostakovich's First Cello Concerto is an absolute faviourite of master cellist Harriet Krijgh. 'Especially the second part which feels like snowy landscape to me. As musician you have to incorporate the cold and the beauty of the piece', she expresses. Shostakovich shows his most restless side in this soloconcert, which is full of anxiety. In the almost obsessive close, he takes of all the brakes.