Prokofiev and Villa-Lobos?!

Musical synchronicity with Prokofiev and Villa-Lobos

Here’s a new video from conductor Simone Menezes, in which she compares two modernist works written in 1916/17, one in St. Petersburg and the other in Rio de Janeiro.

This really is a case of musical synchronicity: Prokofiev’s First Symphony “Classical”, written as an homage to Haydn, has so many similarities to Villa-Lobos’s Sinfonietta no. 1 “À memória de Mozart”. While the Prokofiev work is one of the staples of the orchestral repertoire, the Villa-Lobos work is almost unknown. If you’re in Switzerland later this month, you’ll have a chance to hear Simone conduct this work with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne.  This concert will be broadcast on Swiss Radio Classic; I’ll let you know the date and time.