Sergei Prokofiev
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Sergei Prokofiev

Sergei Prokofiev Biography (BBC)

Sergey Prokofiev perhaps contributed more new music to the standard ‘classical’ repertory than any of his contemporaries. Yet he remains a difficult figure to pin down. Born and raised in Tsarist Russia, he established himself as a musical enfant terrible in the years before the Revolution, cultivating novel dissonances while still a student pianist-composer at the St Petersburg Conservatory.

Like Beethoven, he completed five concertos for his own instrument, losing interest once he was no longer primarily an executant himself. Despite political and economic turmoil, a burst of creativity around 1917 produced a large pile of scores, not least the First Violin Concerto and the ‘Classical’ Symphony, in which the composer’s lyrical vein is more strongly apparent alongside his keen sense of irony.

After 1918 he lived abroad, first in the USA, where his opera The Love for Three Oranges (1919) was staged, later mainly in Paris, where he became a peripheral member of the Diaghilev set. Several key compositions from this period have a tortured, Expressionistic character, notably the opera The Fiery Angel (1919–23, rev. 1926–7) and the related Third Symphony (1928).

The 1930s brought a surprising and, to some, inexplicable reconciliation with the new Soviet Russia. Prokofiev spent the last 17 years of his life in the USSR, stimulated as well as stifled by the cultural politics dictated by Stalin. The two men even died on the same night (5 March 1953).

Prokofiev’s return to Russia coincided with a state drive for greater directness of expression in the cultural sphere and, whatever the personal and professional setbacks, Prokofiev was encouraged to showcase his melodic gift in a series of major works that have proved to have enduring appeal. Notable among these are the ballets Romeo and Juliet (1935–6) and Cinderella (1940–44), the last three (of seven) symphonies, the last four (of nine) piano sonatas, the film music for Alexander Nevsky (1938) and Ivan the Terrible (1942–5), and the children’s fable Peter and the Wolf (1936). Acceptance of his magnum opus, the epic opera War and Peace (1941–3, rev. 1946–52), has been hindered by the lack of a definitive text and perceived ideological problems. But, for good or ill, he was an artist for hire, who prided himself on his professionalism.

As we come to know the composer’s personality through his music – in all its bracing humour, tender nostalgia and considerable tragic power – we can sense a uniquely positive response to difficult and dangerous times.

Profile by David Gutman © BBC

Sergei Prokofiev Biography (Wikipedia)

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (Russian: Серге́й Серге́евич Проко́фьев, Sergej Sergejevič Prokofjev; 27 April [O.S. 15 April] 1891 – 5 March 1953) was a Russian Soviet composer, pianist and conductor. As the creator of acknowledged masterpieces across numerous music genres, he is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. His works include such widely heard pieces as the March from The Love for Three Oranges, the suite Lieutenant Kijé, the ballet Romeo and Juliet—from which "Dance of the Knights" is taken—and Peter and the Wolf. Of the established forms and genres in which he worked, he created – excluding juvenilia – seven completed operas, seven symphonies, eight ballets, five piano concertos, two violin concertos, a cello concerto, a symphony-concerto for cello and orchestra, and nine completed piano sonatas.

A graduate of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, Prokofiev initially made his name as an iconoclastic composer-pianist, achieving notoriety with a series of ferociously dissonant and virtuosic works for his instrument, including his first two piano concertos. In 1915, Prokofiev made a decisive break from the standard composer-pianist category with his orchestral Scythian Suite, compiled from music originally composed for a ballet commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev of the Ballets Russes. Diaghilev commissioned three further ballets from Prokofiev—Chout, Le pas d'acier and The Prodigal Son—which at the time of their original production all caused a sensation among both critics and colleagues. Prokofiev's greatest interest, however, was opera, and he composed several works in that genre, including The Gambler and The Fiery Angel. Prokofiev's one operatic success during his lifetime was The Love for Three Oranges, composed for the Chicago Opera and subsequently performed over the following decade in Europe and Russia.

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Sergei Prokofiev
Violin Concerto No.1 in D Major Op.19: Scherzo Vivacissimo
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Violin Concerto No.1 in D Major Op.19: Scherzo Vivacissimo

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American Overture
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American Overture
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Peter and the Wolf (Grandfather Came Out)
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Peter and the Wolf (Grandfather Came Out)
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Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 (Act 1 Sc 2) Dance of The Knights
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Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 (Act 1 Sc 2) Dance of The Knights
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Symphony No 7 in C sharp minor, Op 131 (4th mvt)
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Symphony No 7 in C sharp minor, Op 131 (4th mvt)
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Romeo And Juliet
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Romeo And Juliet
Sergei Prokofiev
Flute Sonata in D Major, Op.94 (2nd mvt)
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Flute Sonata in D Major, Op.94 (2nd mvt)
Sergei Prokofiev
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 10
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Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 10
Sergei Prokofiev
Excerpts from the ballet Romeo and Juliet (Op.64)
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Excerpts from the ballet Romeo and Juliet (Op.64)
Sergei Prokofiev
Andante dolce - Tema con variazioni (from Violin Sonata in D major, Op 115)
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Andante dolce - Tema con variazioni (from Violin Sonata in D major, Op 115)
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Visions fugitives, Op. 22
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Visions fugitives, Op. 22
Sergei Prokofiev
Overture on Hebrew themes
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Overture on Hebrew themes
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Romeo and Juliet (Suite No 2, 1st movement)
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Romeo and Juliet (Suite No 2, 1st movement)
Sergei Prokofiev
Winter Bonfire (Departure)
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Winter Bonfire (Departure)
Sergei Prokofiev
The Prince and the Princess (The Love for Three Oranges Suite, Op.33b)
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The Prince and the Princess (The Love for Three Oranges Suite, Op.33b)
Sergei Prokofiev
Symphony No. 5 - 2nd movement
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Symphony No. 5 - 2nd movement

Symphony No. 5 - 2nd movement

Orchestra
Leningrad Philharmonic
Sergei Prokofiev
Violin Concerto No.1 in D major, Op.19; 3rd movement
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Violin Concerto No.1 in D major, Op.19; 3rd movement
Sergei Prokofiev
Symphony no.1 in D major, Op.25 'Classical'
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Symphony no.1 in D major, Op.25 'Classical'
Sergei Prokofiev
Symphony No 1 in D major, Op 25, 'Classical'
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Symphony No 1 in D major, Op 25, 'Classical'
Sergei Prokofiev
Dance Of The Knights From Romeo And Juliet
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Dance Of The Knights From Romeo And Juliet
Sergei Prokofiev
Morning Serenade and Dance with Mandolins (Romeo and Juliet)
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Morning Serenade and Dance with Mandolins (Romeo and Juliet)
Sergei Prokofiev
Romeo and Juliet: Introduction
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Romeo and Juliet: Introduction

Romeo and Juliet: Introduction

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London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (conductor)
Sergei Prokofiev
Lieutenant Kije - Suite Op.60 For Orchestra: Troika
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Lieutenant Kije - Suite Op.60 For Orchestra: Troika
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Troika
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Troika
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Departure (Winter Bonfire, Op 122)
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Departure (Winter Bonfire, Op 122)
Sergei Prokofiev
AC Wk 52 Mon RTVE Madrid Prokofiev Piano Concerto No2
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AC Wk 52 Mon RTVE Madrid Prokofiev Piano Concerto No2
Sergei Prokofiev
Cinderella's Arrival at the Ball; Grand Waltz (Cinderella)
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Cinderella's Arrival at the Ball; Grand Waltz (Cinderella)
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Troika (Lieutenant Kije)
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Troika (Lieutenant Kije)
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Aubade - Dance of the Girls with Lilies (Romeo and Juliet)
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Aubade - Dance of the Girls with Lilies (Romeo and Juliet)
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The Hunters; Procession (Peter and the Wolf)
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The Hunters; Procession (Peter and the Wolf)
Sergei Prokofiev
Troika (Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op.60)
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Troika (Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op.60)
Sergei Prokofiev
Lieutenant Kije Suite Op 60 - IV Troika
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Lieutenant Kije Suite Op 60 - IV Troika

Lieutenant Kije Suite Op 60 - IV Troika

Orchestra
German Symphony Orchestra, Berlin
Conductor
Sergei Prokofiev
Romeo and Juliet; Act 3
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Romeo and Juliet; Act 3
Sergei Prokofiev
Romeo and Juliet; the balcony scene pas de deux
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Romeo and Juliet; the balcony scene pas de deux
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Romeo and Juliet - Excerpts
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Romeo and Juliet - Excerpts
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Violin Concerto No 1
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Violin Concerto No 1
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Overture on Hebrew Themes
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Overture on Hebrew Themes
Sergei Prokofiev
10 Pieces for Piano, Op. 12 No. 7 - Prelude (arr. for 2 harps)
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10 Pieces for Piano, Op. 12 No. 7 - Prelude (arr. for 2 harps)
Sergei Prokofiev
Lieutenant Kije Symphonic Suite, Op. 60: iv.Troika
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Lieutenant Kije Symphonic Suite, Op. 60: iv.Troika
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