Belgian National Orchestra, Hugh Wolff & Vadim Repin: Prokofiev, Beethoven
The orchestra as a soloist? We’re all familiar with the concept of the soloist who performs with an orchestra, like violin virtuoso Vadim Repin, for example, in Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 2. With this concert Prokofiev wanted to get away from the old‐fashioned simply a composition of pure musicality. A concert with a cosmopolitan character the Russian composer wrote it during a tour of Western Europe.
Generally speaking, a symphony requires the entire orchestra to work together as one organism, as in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, which is perhaps the most perfect example… A musical utopia.