Swiss violinist Sebastian Bohren performing the world-premiere performance of Ukrainian composer Andrei Pushkarev’s new arrangement of Prokofiev’s Violin & Piano Sonata No. 1 Op. 80 – re-envisioned for solo violin, string orchestra and percussion.
“Prokofiev’s 1st Violin Sonata is one of my favorite chamber works … this masterpiece, is in many ways atypical for Prokofiev for its very somber imagery which really reflects the historical period it was written – and the composer’s emotional state at the time …” Andrei has told The Violin Channel.
“When Sebastian came to me with an idea to orchestrate this sonata for solo violin, strings and percussion, I immediately felt it was the perfect mixture for this truly fascinating work … and I immediately tried to imagine how Sergei Prokofiev, himself, would have scored it …” he has said.
“For more than 20 years I have been working as an arranger and the string orchestra with percussion is one of my favorite combinations … I feel it provides listeners with a lot of different colors of sound – and a large range of possibilities to express the composer’s thoughts and images …”
“I hope that the listeners will immerse themselves into the atmosphere of this incredible music – and walk away with the optimism that even in the hardest of times, real art and real beauty will prevail over impenetrable darkness and chaos.”
Recorded live on the 16th of June, 2019 – at the Reformed City Church, in Brugg, Switzerland.