For some classical ‘blood and thunder’, I recommend Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky.

The first six minutes of the 12 minute ‘Battle on the Ice’ is epic stuff; and accompanied Eisenstein’s equally epic 1938 film. It also provided an inspiration for the theme tune for Jaws – dum dum, dum dum, duh dahdah…

Most compilations, like the one I have (below), throw in Lieutenant Kijé – which includes the Christmas classic ‘Troika’.


Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky, Lieutenant Kijé, Scythian Suite (DG The Originals)

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