SearchBeat Home
Artsautosbooksbusinesscollegecomputershealthhomejobsmusicnews
 
Web www.searchbeat.com
  
Quick
Searches!
recreationreferenceregionalscienceshoppingsocietysportstravelworld
comparison shop | family | fashion | gov't | games | genealogy | history | kids/teens | movies | repairs | traffic | weather | featured sites | site map |



Shopping and Product Search for
Angel/EMI Boxed Sets Decca Deutsche Grammophon ECM Store DVD-Audio Sheet
Music
Shop for Classical Music
Ballet Opera Symphony Sacred Early
Music
Renaissance
(c.1450-1600)
Baroque
(c.1600-1750)
Classical
(c.1770-1830)
Romantic
(c.1820-1910)
Modern
Period

 Search Beat > Arts > Music > Styles > Classical Music > Featured Composer > Sergei Prokofiev


Shopping and Product Search for
biography

Highly gifted as a pianist and composer, the prolific Prokofiev (1891-1953) combined a tendency toward neoclassicism with an innovative spirit characterized by hard-driving, motoric rhythms and a sense of mocking and capricious satire. He managed, in his most effective works, to follow a progressive line without sacrificing popular appeal.
recommended recordings
  Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky, Lieutenant Kijé / Abbado
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Performer: Elena Obraztsova, Adolph Herseth
Ensemble: London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, et al.
Uni/Deutsche Grammophon - #47419 / January 23, 1996

Click here for more information
Abbado's Alexander Nevsky is full-bloodedly idiomatic, metrical and tightly controlled. He captures perfectly the tortured triumph of the closing bars, with its crashing dissonances underlined. The singing could pass for that of a Russian choir and the LSO's playing is spectacular. The slightly analytical sound highlights the angularity of the music making. His Lt. Kije Suite is colorful and amiable and his Scythian Suite, while a bit rhythmically flat-footed in "The Alien God and Dance of the Evil Spirits," has plenty of mystery elsewhere.

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet / Maazel, Cleveland Orchestra

Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor: Lorin Maazel
Ensemble: Cleveland Orchestra
Uni/London Classics - #452970 / June 9, 1998

Click here for more information


By the time Prokoviev came to write this great ballet in 1935, Russia was the only country that still had a tradition of "classical" ballet--that is, full-length works of several hours with a single coherent story line. Prokofiev's model was Tchaikovsky, and like his predecessor, he encountered severe problems getting the work produced. The dancers thought the music too complicated and unsuitable for dancing, and so the piece was first performed in Czechoslovakia, only later making a triumphant...Read more


Prokofiev, Ravel: Piano Concertos, etc / Argerich, Abbado
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev, Maurice Ravel
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Performer: Martha Argerich
Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Uni/Deutsche Grammophon - #47438 / May 14, 1996

Click here for more information

These performances established Martha Argerich as one of the most exciting and brilliant young pianists in the world. Thirty years on, they are still among the finest available. Now they have been remastered and reissued at mid-price, once again proving the somewhat demented fact (from a marketing point of view) that there's no relationship at all in the classical music business between quality of performance and what one pays for it. From the listener's point of view, this makes for a great...Read more


Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas nos 2, 7 & 8 / Mikhail Pletnev

Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Mikhail Pletnev
Uni/Deutsche Grammophon - #457588 / May 12, 1998

Click here for more information


There are two sides to Pletnev's character: the wayward virtuoso pianist, and the stiff, metronomic conductor. As a pianist Pletnev is fascinating; as a conductor, boring (at least usually). The reason for this dichotomy is simple: he hasn't a clue how to make an orchestra do what his fingers accomplish so effortlessly at the keyboard. Take the music of Prokofiev: he has recorded the ballet Cinderella, a performance of no particular distinction. But these sonatas are another matter entirely....Read more


Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf, etc / Sting, Abbado

Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Performer: Sting, Stefan Vladar
Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Uni/Deutsche Grammophon - #29396 / May 7, 1991

Click here for more information


Sting has rewritten the narrationslightly, but his changes are appropriate. His laconically stylish and no-nonsense manner is ideal, while Abbado's sly and bouncy accompaniment is perfect. Recording quality is exceptional, and there's an outstanding performance of the first, "Classical" Symphony.

more recommended recordings
·     Concerti
·     Opera
·     Orchestral
works & recordings

  • Chamber Music
    Trios, Quartets, Quintets

  • Choral
    Secular and sacred choral music. Oratorios, Masses, Partsongs, Hymns, Carols

  • Instrumental
    Sonatas, Suites, Overtures, Minuets, Variations, Transcriptions, Dance Music

  • Orchestra
    Concertos, Symphonies

  • Theatrical Works
    Ballet, Stage, Incidental Music, Film Scores

  • Vocal and Opera
    Opera, Operetta, Song, Lieder, Musical Theater


Complete List of Works and Recordings

Browse Sergei Prokofiev
resources


Help build the largest human-edited directory on the web.
Submit a Site - Open Directory Project - Become an Editor

Search for "Prokofiev, Sergei" on

 
Web www.searchbeat.com

Category editors: k78

Sponsored Links





Featured Topics

UK Music Resources

Music Education

Music Resources

Classical Music Guide

Classical Composer History Timelines


Classical Music Record Companies

Symphony Orchestras on the Web

Classical Radio Stations



Shopping and Product Search for
Search the world for your music!

Site Sponsors
Books:Amazon
Travel:TravelNow

 


 Site Index: # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z



Shopping and Product Search for
Angel/EMI Boxed Sets Decca Deutsche Grammophon ECM Store DVD-Audio Sheet
Music
Shop for Classical Music
Ballet Opera Symphony Sacred Early
Music
Renaissance
(c.1450-1600)
Baroque
(c.1600-1750)
Classical
(c.1770-1830)
Romantic
(c.1820-1910)
Modern
Period

Arts/Entertainment | Autos | Books | Business | Colleges | Computers/Internet | Health | Home/Garden | Jobs
News/Media | Recreation | Reference | Regional | Science | Shopping | Society/Culture | Sports | Travel | World


Advertise | Feedback | Contact us
Our Story | Privacy Policy | Terms and Conditions


Copyright © 1997-2017 SearchBeat, All Rights Reserved