Continuing the Grammy Series on Bringing Sexy Bach with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Mariss Jansons performing Prokofiev's fascinating Symphony No. 5.

Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 was nominated for Best Orchestral Performance.

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So popular was Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony that within months of its American premiere a portrait of the composer was featured on the cover of Time magazine in November 1945. In a period when Russia and its people were still regarded as our allies in the victory over fascism, the Symphony was a hit at home and abroad, the musical celebration of the war’s conclusion. But was it that?

When we read about this work, we see again and again the same adjectives circling – “heroic” or “joyous.” And always in the context of a nation’s victory, a people’s victory – but was it that? The decades do not bring this enigmatic man or his music into precise focus; he seems to evade scrutiny.