Alexandra Loukianova and the language of Russia

We have a real treat in store with Alexandra’s performance of Prokofiev’s 1st violin concerto at our Easter Classical Concert.  I spoke with Carlos at the rehearsal this week.

Carlos and Alexandra last performed this work together when they were living in Colombia and Carlos thought “Wow!! That strange extravagant music.  Those wild intervals.  And she makes it all sound so natural.”

Carlos believes that you need to be born in Russia and grow up with the language of Russia to achieve full mastery of this vernacular. Funny and ironic, laughing at the destiny of Russia, and yet intelligent, approachable music.

A bit of a rebel, like Mozart, Prokofiev could see the world from another perspective, but without being involved with the political situation.  He left Russia soon after this work was composed to seek more artistic freedom in America.

Alexandra’s earliest performance of Prokofiev’s 1st violin concerto was when she was only 15.

Alexandra Loukianova


She subsequently studied and performed the work whilst studying under Galina Barinova at the Moscow conservatorium.

Barinova was one of the leading, some would say the leading, violinist of her day and she was a young musician entering her prime when Prokofiev returned to Russia in 1935.  She had the privilege to be contemporary with some of the big names in Russian 20th century music and provides an impeccable musical lineage for Alexandra.

Carlos also studied at the Moscow conservatorium though, as always, he is modest about his own mastery of the music.  For those who may look for an artistic comparison he suggests that the painting of Chagall best mirrors the music of Prokofiev.  Avant garde, yet approachable.

Judge for yourselves when you hear the work performed by our own master in the language of Russia,  Alexandra.

Saturday April 16th – 7.30 pm Cardinal Cerretti Chapel Manly Sydney


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture to the Magic Flute
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Requiem in D Minor

Sergei Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major
Soloist: Alexandra Loukianova


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