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"After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." - Aldous Huxley

Sergei Prokofiev

Sergei Prokofiev was born in the countryside of Ukraine. He studied from 1903 at the conservatory of St Petersburg, under Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Anatoli Liadov among others. He was educated as a composer, pianist and conductor. Initially, he made a name for himself as a pianist. In 1918, he left the Soviet Union for the USA, but wasn't able to succeed, and he decided to move to Paris in 1920. His concert tours brought him back to the Soviet Union in 1927, who lured him back for good in 1936. Prokofiev died in march 1953, on the same day as Joseph Stalin.
Prokofiev is considered as one of the greatest Russian composers of the twentieth century, even though he wasn't a great innovator. He generally applied the strict classical forms and structures to his works and focused on a classical tonality, with a few exceptions of expressive dissonants and incidental bitonality. Yet, he is only explicitly neoclassicistic in his popular 'Classical Symphony', his first symphony composed in 1917. Many of his works show his humour, while his later works presented his darker, more serious side.  One of his best known works is the musical fairytale Peter and the Wolf, which is popular among children all over the world. 

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Fire Walker
Marion Walker
Complete works for Violin and Piano
Duo Khojayan Poortinga
Tchaikovsky & Prokofiev Piano Concertos
Kirill Gerstein, DSO Berlin, James Gaffigan
Sonatas for Cello
Marina Tarasova | Ivan Sokolov
Alexander & Nikolai Tcherepnin & Prokofiev
Alexander Gadjiev
Schnittke: String Trio - Prokofiev: 5 Melodies - Violin Sonata No. 1
Kolja Blacher
Prokofiev, Piano Sonatas Nos. 6-8
Severin von Eckardstein
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6 / Myaskovsky: Symphony No. 27
Vasily Petrenko
Symphony No. 5
Philharmonia Orchestra
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 / Myaskovsky: Symphony No. 21
Vasily Petrenko
Prokofiev & Shostakovich, Violin Sonatas
Natalia Prishepenko & Dina Ugorskaja
Prokofiev & Rachmaninoff: Piano Works
Dzmitry Ulasiuk
Sonatas for Two Violins
Maria Milstein / Mathieu van Bellen
Love!
Huijnen & Hopman
Eclectic | Being Me
Marie François
Violin Concerto No. 1 | Viola Concerto | The Lark Ascending
Isabelle van Keulen | NDR Radiophilharmonie
Resilience
Calidore Quartet
The Unreleased Recitals at The Concertgebouw 1975 - 1976 - 1978 - 1979 - 1980
Emil Gilels
Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4 (second version)
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Russian Music
Sebastian Di Bin
Russian works for cello and piano
Laura van der Heijden | Petr Limonov
Soloists of the Spannungen Festival 2016, Wind Quintets
Various
A Retrospective Volume 4
Steven Staryk
Symphonies Nos. 1 and 5
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Rudolf Koelman / Musikkollegium Winterthur
Prokofiev Sonatas
Elise Batnes / Havard Gimse
Romeo and Juliet
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra | Vasily Petrenko
Symphonies nos. 6 and 7
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra / James Gaffigan
Moscow
Szymanowski Quartet
The Szymanowski Trip
Szymanowski Quartet
Symphonies nos. 3 and 4 (first version)
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Glazunov, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky
Jamie Walton and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy plays Sammy Nestico
Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy
No Exceptions No Exemptions - A Musical Dedication
Robin Tritschler / Malcolm Martineau
LOVE in London
James Rhodes
Works by Debussy, Milhaud, Glinka, Francaix & Prokofiev
Julian Bliss / Bradley Moore
Prokofiev: Piano Pieces
Evgenia Rubrinova
Complete works for violin & piano
Isabelle van Keulen / Ronald Brautigam
Cello Sonatas by Shostakovich, Britten and Prokofiev
Jamie Walton / Daniel Grimwood
From the Street
Ivana Gavrić
Prokofiev
St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Romantic Pieces For Piano
Igor Roma
Waltzes/Hungarian Dances/5 Slavonic Dances
Allen Brings
Kiryll Kondrashin in Concert
Fliyer/moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Romeo & Juliet
Carrefour
Peter en de Wolf & Het Olifantje Babar
Frank Groothof / Residentie Orkest The Hague