Great melodies, bold harmonies, audacious rhythms, plenty of virtuosity (Prokofiev was a piano virtuoso himself) and lots of Slavic charm and character.
For the past several weeks I have been listening repeatedly to these three concertos and only finding more and more to discover and admire each time. I have been a fan of the “Third” for many years but the “First” and”Second” are rather new to me.
The”First” was composed when Sergei Prokofiev was only 20 years old in 1911. The “Second” came a year later and the “Third” (probably the best known) was composed in 1921 when Prokofiev was only 30.
Sergei Prokofiev was quite a prolific composer during his rather short life of 62 years and his “greatness” (a word I don’t hand out easily) was apparent from the very start. Brilliant.
I also highly recommend the 1969 biography by Victor Seroff called “Sergei Prokofiev (A Soviet Tragedy).
The award-winning documentary about the life and career of Reynold Philipsek, A Life Well Played, now available free on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StVG2TaKqbw.
A Life Well Played was screened across the U.S. and Canada during the fall 2016 Film Festival circuit, and was awarded “Best Documentary Short” honors by the Highway 61 Film Festival.
What would it be like to do exactly what you wanted with your life? Just ask Reynold Philipsek. Explore the life, music and motivation of eclectic guitarist and prolific composer Reynold Philipsek in this documentary portrait, A Life Well Played. Reynold shares stories from his fifty-year musical career and numerous songs from his catalog of over forty CDs, and fans, fellow musicians and Reynold¹s life partner, Mary, share stories of their journey with Reynold. Includes numerous live musical performances and archival materials spanning a lifetime in the music industry.
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A DVD of the documentary, with over an hour of DVD extras, is on sale exclusively at https://reynold.com/my-music/life-well-played-dvd-audio-cd-bundle/. The extras include eight solo acoustic guitar performances by Reynold, and an “Up Town: From Concept to CD” feature which follow Reynold as he writes, records, mixes and masters the documentary theme track, “Up Town.”