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Sergei Sergeievitch Prokofiev

Sergei Sergeievitch Prokofiev (Composer)

Born: 23rd April 1891, Sontsivka

Died: 5th March 1953, Moscow

Nationality: Russian

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev 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.

Further Reading: Prokofiev

 Interview, Andrew Litton on Prokofiev

The American conductor talks to Katherine about his recordings of the complete Prokofiev symphonies with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, released as a box-set tomorrow on BIS.

 Recording of the Week, Vasily Petrenko conducts Russian and Austrian symphonies and orchestral works

A double bill from the Russian-British conductor, with the Oslo Philharmonic performing symphonies by Prokofiev and Myaskovsky, and tone poems by Zemlinsky and Schreker with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

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