Prokofiev’s misunderstood seventh symphony

Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev finished his seventh symphony in 1952. Written for young listeners at the end of a tragic and repressive Stalinist era, it is often criticised as simplistic or banal. But still waters run deep. Continue reading

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Desert Island Discs (5) – Bruckner and Nilsson

Without a doubt the most beautiful symphony ever penned is Anton Bruckner’s Seventh. It takes its rightful place alongside the composer’s other great works, in the same way that Rembrandt’s Self-Portrait (1658) is one of the best among his other masterpieces. Continue reading