Search at konserthuset.se
Genre: Kungliga Filharmonikerna

Prokofiev Symphony No. 5

In recent years, Daniel Blendulf has established himself as one of Sweden’s most high-profile conductors. Here, he leads the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in one of Prokofiev’s most popular and frequently played pieces: the Fifth Symphony.

Prokofiev composed his Fifth Symphony over the course of a month in the summer of 1944. The war ravaged Europe, but Prokofiev felt safe in the house in Ivanovo just east of Moscow, which the Russian state had made available for musicians and composers. He could work in peace and quiet there, with no sense of the ongoing war, and he socialised with other artists and exchanged ideas.

He has said that this symphony is a tribute to the “generosity, strength and spiritual purity of the free and happy individual.” He felt at that time like a chosen and privileged person. He had been happily married for four years to his second wife and was one of the country’s most esteemed and frequently played composers. But perhaps Prokofiev sensed the wicked period that would soon come to his homeland of the Soviet Union. The clear-cut yet playful and rapid movements have a strong counterweight in the slow third movement, where underlying anxiety and fear scratch at the surface. After the war ended, the antagonism between east and west escalated, and the Cold War was a fact. 

  • The music

  • Sergei Prokofiev Symphony No. 5
  • Participants

  • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Daniel Blendulf conductor

About the video

  • Filmed in May 2013.
  • The video is approximately 45 minutes.

Watch in our app

The Konserthuset Play app makes it easier to experience music on your phone or tablet – or on a big screen! Read more

FAQ about Konserthuset Play

Our tips for how to best take advantage of our selection and how you watch our livestreams. To FAQ

Do you want to make a donation to Konserthuset Play?

Make a swish payment to 123 493 99 89 or make your donation via our ticket system. Thank you!​

Genre: Kungliga Filharmonikerna

Prokofiev Symphony No. 5

In recent years, Daniel Blendulf has established himself as one of Sweden’s most high-profile conductors. Here, he leads the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in one of Prokofiev’s most popular and frequently played pieces: the Fifth Symphony.

About the video

  • Filmed in May 2013.
  • The video is approximately 45 minutes.

Prokofiev composed his Fifth Symphony over the course of a month in the summer of 1944. The war ravaged Europe, but Prokofiev felt safe in the house in Ivanovo just east of Moscow, which the Russian state had made available for musicians and composers. He could work in peace and quiet there, with no sense of the ongoing war, and he socialised with other artists and exchanged ideas.

He has said that this symphony is a tribute to the “generosity, strength and spiritual purity of the free and happy individual.” He felt at that time like a chosen and privileged person. He had been happily married for four years to his second wife and was one of the country’s most esteemed and frequently played composers. But perhaps Prokofiev sensed the wicked period that would soon come to his homeland of the Soviet Union. The clear-cut yet playful and rapid movements have a strong counterweight in the slow third movement, where underlying anxiety and fear scratch at the surface. After the war ended, the antagonism between east and west escalated, and the Cold War was a fact. 

  • The music

  • Sergei Prokofiev Symphony No. 5
  • Participants

  • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Daniel Blendulf conductor

Watch in our app

The Konserthuset Play app makes it easier to experience music on your phone or tablet – or on a big screen! Read more

FAQ about Konserthuset Play

Our tips for how to best take advantage of our selection and how you watch our livestreams. To FAQ

Do you want to make a donation to Konserthuset Play?

Make a swish payment to 123 493 99 89 or make your donation via our ticket system. Thank you!​

Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

With straightforward musicality and a heroically charged finale, Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony was already a success at its premiere performance in 1937. We hear the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo in the

Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Beethoven Five

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, the Fate Symphony, is one of the greatest masterpieces of music history. This dramatic and extroverted piece is a gateway to classical music for many people.

Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Harp and Beethoven's fifth symphony

French harpist Xavier de Maistre, along with French conductor Nathalie Stutzmann and Kungliga Filharmonikerna.

Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Mahler Symphony No. 7

Hearing Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 is an experience beyond the ordinary. In this music video the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra plays under the baton of Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor Sakari Oramo.