Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (/prəˈkɒfiɛf, pr-, -ˈkɔː-, -ˈk-, -jɛf, -jɛv, -iəf/; Russian: Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев, tr. Sergej Sergejevič Prokofjev; 23 April 1891 – 5 March 1953) was a Russian and Soviet composer, pianist and conductor. As the creator of acknowledged masterpieces across numerous musical genres, he is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. His works include such widely heard works 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 St 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.

After the Revolution, Prokofiev left Russia with the official blessing of the Soviet minister Anatoly Lunacharsky, and resided in the United States, then Germany, then Paris, making his living as a composer, pianist and conductor. During that time he married a Spanish singer, Carolina Codina, with whom he had two sons. In the early 1930s, the Great Depression diminished opportunities for Prokofiev's ballets and operas to be staged in America and western Europe. Prokofiev, who regarded himself as composer foremost, resented the time taken by touring as a pianist, and increasingly turned to Soviet Russia for commissions of new music; in 1936 he finally returned to his homeland with his family. He enjoyed some success there – notably with Lieutenant Kijé, Peter and the Wolf, Romeo and Juliet, and perhaps above all with Alexander Nevsky.

The Nazi invasion of the USSR spurred him to compose his most ambitious work, an operatic version of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace. In 1948 Prokofiev was criticized for "anti-democratic formalism" and, with his income severely curtailed, was forced to compose Stalinist works, such as On Guard for Peace. However, he also enjoyed personal and artistic support from a new generation of Russian performers, notably Sviatoslav Richter and Mstislav Rostropovich: he wrote his ninth piano sonata for the former and his Symphony-Concerto for the latter.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 Piano Concertos: No. 2, op. 16 / No. 5, op. 55 Prokofiev; Kun Woo Paik, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Antoni Wit 1
2012 Symphonies nos. 5 & 6 Prokofiev; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo 2
2012 The Cello Symphonies Prokofiev, Britten; Daniel Müller-Schott, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Jukka-Pekka Saraste 1
2013 Musorgsky: Pictures from an Exhibition / Prokofiev: Visions fugitives / Five Sarcasms Modest Musorgsky, Serge Prokofiev; Steven Osborne 1
2013 Bach / Brahms / Prokofiev Bach, Brahms, Prokofiev; Eldar Djangirov 1
2013 Piano Concertos Grieg, Prokofiev; Nikolai Lugansky, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Kent Nagano 1
2013 Symphony no. 4 (revised version) / The Prodigal Son Sergey Prokofiev; São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop 2
2013 Violin Concertos Prokofiev, Stravinsky; Patricia Kopatchinskaja, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski 1
2013 Prokofiev 3 / Bartók 2 Prokofiev, Bartók; Lang Lang, Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle 1
2013 The War Sonatas Prokofiev; Denis Kozhukhin 1
2013 Violin Sonatas / 3 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet Prokofiev; Vadim Gluzman, Angela Yoffe 1
2014 Piano Concertos nos. 1-5 Sergey Prokofiev; BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet 2
2014 Violin Sonatas / Five Melodies Prokofiev; Alina Ibragimova, Steven Osborne 1
2014 Miraculous Metamorphoses Paul Hindemith, Sergei Prokofiev, Béla Bartók; Kansas City Symphony, Michael Stern 1
2014 Symphony no. 1 "Classical" / Symphony no. 2 / Dreams, op. 6 Sergei Prokofiev; São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop 2
2014 Prokofiev / Kabalevsky Prokofiev, Kabalevsky; Leonard Elschenbroich, Alexei Grynyuk, Petr Limonov, Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, Andrew Litton 1
2014 Peter och vargen Op.67 Sergey Prokofjev, Kungliga Filharmonikerna, Mats Rondin och Mark Levengood 1
2014 Piano Concerto no. 3 / Symphony no. 5 Prokofiev; Denis Matsuev, Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev 2
2014 Russian Soul Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich; Apollon Musagete Quartett 1
2015 Russian Recital Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich; Jorge Federico Osorio 1
2015 Shostakovich: Preludes / Prokofiev: Visions Fugitives / Weill: Seven Pieces from "The Threepenny Opera" Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Weill; Benjamin Schmid, Lisa Smirnova 2
2015 Cello Concertos Prokofiev, Shostakovich; Steven Isserlis, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi 2
2015 Symphony no. 5 / Scythian Suite Prokofiev; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton 1
2015 Complete Piano Sonata Sergei Prokofiev; Stephane Ginsburgh 1
2015 Tchaikovsky 1 / Prokofiev 2 Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev; Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, James Gaffigan, Kirill Gerstein 1
2016 Symphonies Nos 4, 6 & 7; Piano Concertos Nos 4 & 5 Sergey Prokofiev; Valery Gergiev; Sergei Babayan; Alexei Volodin; Mariinsky Orchestra 1
2016 Piano Concertos 2 & 5 Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев; Vadym Kholodenko, Miguel Harth-Bedoya 1
2016 Patchwork Enescu, Muczynski, Prokofiev, Schulhoff; Raquele Magalhães, Sanja Bizjak 1
Alexander Nevsky Prokofiev; Claudine Carlson, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Leonard Slatkin 1
Alexander Nevsky / Lieutenant Kijé Prokofiev; Jard van Nes, Choeur et Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit 1
Ballet - Le pas D'acier, op. 41 / Ballet - On the Dnieper, op.51 Sergei Prokofiev; The USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky 1
Captain Kangaroo Narrates Peter and the Wolf Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев 1
CBS Great Performances, Volume 52: Prokofiev: Peter & The Wolf / Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals Sergei Prokofiev, Camille Saint‐Saëns; Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic 1
Cinderella Suite Prokofiev; Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin 1
Complete Piano Sonatas Prokofiev; Barbara Nissman 1
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 / Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 5 Prokofiev; hr-Sinfonieorchester, Dmitrij Kitaenko, Vladimir Krainev 1
Concertos for Piano and Orchestra Nos. 1, 2 Prokofiev; Vladimir Feltsman, London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas 1
Koss Classics - Prokofiev - Alexander Nevsky Cantata And Lieutenant Kije Suite Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев 1
Lieutenant Kijé Suite, op. 60 etc. Prokofiev; Los Angeles Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas 1
Masters of the Roll: Rare Original Recordings From the Reproducing Piano by the Great masters of Classical Piano 1904 - 1935: A 32 CD Catalogue: Disc 9 Sergei Prokofiev, Alexander Scriabin & Serge Liapounov 1
Mies Bouwman vertelt Peter en de wolf op muziek van Sergei Prokofjef Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев 1
Peter and the Wolf / Classical Symphony / Violin Concerto no. 1 Prokofiev; English String Orchestra, Yehudi Menuhin, Hu Kun, Sir Christopher Lee 1
Piano Concertos / Piano Sonatas (complete) Prokofiev 1
Piano Sonatas Nos. 7, 8 Prokofiev; Yefim Bronfman 1
Pierino e il lupo / Guida del giovane all'orchestra Serge Prokofiev / Benjamin Britten 1
Prokofiev: Peter und der Wolf / Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik / Brahms: Vier ungarische Tänze Prokofiev, Mozart, Brahms 1
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in e, op. 27 (1907) / Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C, Op. 26 (1921) (conductor: Leopold Stokowski, piano: William Kapell) Rachmaninoff / Prokofiev 1
Romeo And Juliet Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев 1
Saint-Saëns: Der Karneval der Tiere / Prokofiev: Peter und der Wolf Saint-Saëns, Prokofiev 1
Sonata in F minor, Op. 80 / Sonata in D major, Op. 94a / Five Melodies, Op. 35bis Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев 1
Sonatas for Violin and Piano Prokofiev;Mikhail Simonyan, Alexei Podkorytov 1
Symphonies No. 4 & 5 Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев 1
Symphonies Nos. 5, 7 Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев 1
Symphony 5 & Symphonic Suite op. 60 Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев 1
Symphony No. 4, Op. 47 & Symphony No. 4, Op. 112 (Orchestre National de France feat. conductor: Mstislav Rostropovitch) Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев 1
Symphony no. 5 / Lieutenant Kijé - Suite Prokofiev; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley 1
Symphony no. 5 in B-flat major, op. 100 Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев; Herbert von Karajan 1
The Authorised Recordings: Scriabin, Prokofiev, Shostakovich Scriabin, Prokofiev, Shostakovich; Richter 1
The Walter W. Naumburg Foundation presents Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg Prokofiev, Fauré; Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg 1
Violin Concertos Stravinsky, Prokofiev; Cho-Liang Lin, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen 1
Violin Concertos No. 1 & 2 Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев 1
Violin Concertos nos. 1 & 2 / Violin Sonata no. 2 Sergei Prokofiev; Frank Peter Zimmermann 1
Violin Concertos Nos. 1, 2 / Love for Three Oranges Suite Prokofiev; Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit, Joshua Bell 1
Violin Duos, etc. Bartók, Shostakovich, Prokofiev; Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Samuel Sanders 1
Violin Sonatas Prokofiev; Shlomo Mintz, Yefim Bronfman 1
Violin Sonatas Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев, Maurice Ravel, Shlomo Mintz & Yefim Bronfman 1
Violin Sonatas Nos. 1, 2 / 5 Melodies Prokofiev; Vadim Repin, Boris Berezovsky 1
Visions Fugitives / Sarcasms / Tales of an Old Grandmother / Sonata No. 7 Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев 1

Album + Audiobook

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Pierre et le loup Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев 1
2009 Pierre et le loup Serge Prokofiev lu par Bernard Giraudeau 1
2013 Pierre et le Loup et le Jazz Denis Podalydès, Leslie Menu, The Amazing Keystone Big Band & Serge Prokofiev 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 Shostakovich: Symphony no. 6 / Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kijé Shostakovich, Prokofiev; London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn 1
1977 Prokofiev: Peter & The Wolf / Saint-Saens: The Carnival of the Animals Prokofiev, Saint-Saëns; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Owain Arwel Hughes, Angela Rippon 1
1978 David Bowie Narrates Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf Prokofiev; The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, David Bowie 5 5
1986 Bartók: : The Miraculous Mandarin / Two Portraits / Prokofiev: Scythian Suite Bartók, Prokofiev; Shlomo Mintz, Ambrosian Singers, London Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado 1
1986 Stravinsky: Pétrouchka / Prokofiev: Sonate No. 7 / Webern: Variationen, Op. 27 / Boulez: Sonate No. 2 Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Webern, Boulez; Maurizio Pollini 2
1986 Violin Concertos Sibelius, Prokofiev, Glazunov; Jascha Heifetz, Walter Hendl, Charles Munch 5
1987 Peter und der Wolf / Kindersymphonie Sergei Prokofiev, Leopold Mozart 1
1988 The Five Piano Concertos / Overture on Hebrew Themes / Visions Fugitives Prokofiev; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kurt Masur, Michel Béroff 2
1989 Prokofiev: Peter und der Wolf, Symphonie classique / Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra Prokofiev, Britten; London Symphony Orchestra, Hans-Joachim Kulenkampff, André Previn 1
1990 Violin Concertos Prokofiev, Stravinsky; London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn, Kyung-Wha Chung 1
1990 Horowitz plays Prokofiev / Barber / Kabalevsky: Sonatas Prokofiev, Barber, Kabalevsky; Vladimir Horowitz 1
1990 Orchestral Suites Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев 1
1990 Peter and the Wolf / The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra / Carnival of the Animals Prokofiev, Britten, Saint-Saëns; Marián Lapšanský, Peter Toperczer, Czechoslovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ondrej Lenárd 1
1990 Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet / Moussorgsky: A Night on Bald Mountain Prokofiev, Moussorgsky; Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti 1
1990 The Decca Masters, Volume 1 Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Brahms; Jascha Heifetz 1
1990 The Five Piano Concertos Sergey Prokofiev; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Neeme Järvi, Boris Berman, Horacio Gutiérrez 2
1990 The Violin Concertos / Overture on Hebrew Themes / March Prokofiev; Shlomo Mintz, Claudio Abbado 1
1991 The Complete Symphonies Sergey Prokofiev; Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi 2
1991 Best of Prokofjew (Philharmonia Slavonica) Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев 1
1991 Romeo and Juliet Suites 1, 2, 3 Prokofiev; Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi 2
1991 The Symphonies Prokofiev; London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Walter Weller 1
1992 Meditation, Volume 4 Spohr, Telemann, Dittersdorf, Mozart, Purcell, Prokofjew, Quantz, Weber, Mahler 2
1992 Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Kodály: Háry János Suite / Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kijé Suite Mussorgsky, Kodály, Prokofiev; The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell 1
1992 Romeo and Juliet Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky / Sergei Prokofiev 1
1992 Symphonies no. 1 “Classical” & no. 5 Prokofiev; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
1993 Piano Works for the Left Hand Ravel, Prokofiev, Britten; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa, Leon Fleisher 1
1993 Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 / Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges (Suite) Shostakovich, Prokofiev; The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy 1
1993 Night on Bald Mountain / The Sorcerer's Apprentice / Peter and the Wolf / Carnival of the Animals Mussorgsky, Dukas, Prokofiev, Saint-Saëns; New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein 1
1993 Prokofiev : Pierre et le loup - Les Contes de la vieille grand-mère / Saint-Saëns : Le Carnaval des animaux Prokofiev, Saint-Saëns; St. Petersburg Radio & TV Symphony Orchestra, Stanislav Gorkovenko 2

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