Solzhenitsyn and Prokofiev: The War Years

DACAMERA at the Menil Collection * Premiere stream


New post-concert conversation with Ignat Solzhenitsyn

Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Major, Op. 83; Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major, Op. 84

In the intimate Menil Collection, renowned pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn performs two of Sergei Prokofiev’s monumental sonatas, written after the composer’s return home to Stalinist Russia following 18 years of exile. Solzhenitsyn joins Sarah Rothenberg in a post-concert discussion about growing up Russian in Vermont, the life and career of Prokofiev, and the life and work of the pianist’s father. Alexander Solzhenitsyn was the Nobel prize-winning author of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, the historic publication that revealed life in the Stalinist gulag to the western world.

“Mr. Solzhenitsyn played with fearlessness and command.” – The New York Times

“In Solzhenitsyn’s hands, [Prokofiev’s sonatas] are varied and nuanced, with influences from Chopin to Poulenc contributing to some of Prokofiev’s most compelling moments.” – Philadelphia Inquirer

How it works: This event is free and registration is required. Several days before the stream, and again on the day of the event, you will receive the link to watch on YouTube live. Watch on demand for one week following the premiere. Members get an additional week of on-demand viewing, so join today, starting at $100.