Written between 1938 and 1946 against the bleak backdrop of Stalin’s Russia and the horrors of the Second World War, Prokofiev’s First Violin Sonata is a dark, brooding work, laced with scalic violin passages the composer described as “wind passing through a graveyard.”

Lorenza Borrani, Australian Chamber Orchestra Lorenza Borrani and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Photo © Christie Brewster

In the hands of Italian violinist Loranza Borrani, leading the Australian Chamber Orchestra on its...

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