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    Among some of the best few Russian composers would definitely be Prokofiev. I have to be honest, I don't listen to his music that often (just hearing his first piano concerto again for the...3rd or 4th time I thought to start a thread on him).

    To mention some favorites: The Love for Three Oranges, Romeo and Juliet (I only have excerpts, so any recommendations for a full album would be helpful), Pno Concerto 1 in D flat, and symphonies 5 and 7.

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    my favorite prokofiev symphony is #5.

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    Oddly enough, you're pretty safe with any of the complete performances of Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet, Maazel's classic from the seventies (I think), Ozawa's, Gergiev's, Previn's, Mogrelia's. All different. All good.

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    I just bought a Prokofiev CD the other day. I really enjoy it. It has The Love of Three Oranges and the Classical Symphony. It's very lovely.
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    One of my favorite Prokofiev compositions is his Toccata for piano. It's avery energetic but slightly darker piece.

    @ Rondo and Some_Guy: weirdly enough, Romeo and Juliet is my least favorite Prokofiev piece (except maybe Peter and the Wolf). It just doesn't measure up to the symphonies and the piano concertos (not to mention the solo piano works).
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    Peter and the Wolf would be my least favorite. R&J may not measure up to the symphonies and concertos, but (just like many, many other ballets) it's dern fun to listen to!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuddhaBandit View Post
    One of my favorite Prokofiev compositions is his Toccata for piano. It's a very energetic but slightly darker piece.
    Now, that's an imaginative citation. I have that work on some old piece of vinyl somewhere. So... there are some memories tied to the mention of it.

    I've previously said "the older I get, the more I appreciate Prokofiev." Yeah... I like symphonies 1 and 5- but my favorite Prokofiev composition is Violin Concerto #1.

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    My favourite has to be piano concerto No.2, followed by No.3. Also Classical Symphony and the piano sonatas.

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    Romeo and Juliet has always been one of my favourites, but I've recently heard the piano concertos. They are really well composed and the 3rd is good, but I've fallen in love with the 1st! It's so neoclassical it's orgasmic!
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    I attended a performance of Romeo And Juliet by the New York City ballet around 1974. I was fortunate enough to see Fernando Bujones dance in the role of Romeo. He died much too young. Sometimes it is gratifying to actually see the ballet that the music was written for.
    The melodies in the 7th symphony are very lovely. I wish a modern day Bruckner would come along and develop them more fully than Prokofiev did. Variations on these themes would be very enjoyable for me to hear. I'm not sure if I ever heard the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th symphonies. Thet are not played often.

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    weirdly enough, Romeo and Juliet is my least favorite Prokofiev piece (except maybe Peter and the Wolf). It just doesn't measure up to the symphonies and the piano concertos (not to mention the solo piano works).
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    Quote Originally Posted by shsherm View Post
    I'm not sure if I ever heard the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th symphonies. The[y] are not played often.
    Do you rely entirely on concerts or radio for listening? (It only takes one recording of a work and voilà, you can listen to it as often as you please.)

    If you had ever heard the second or third, I think you'd remember that. The second is Prokofiev at his most energetic, with the tightest harmonies and the most pounding of rhythms ...at first. Then there's a long theme and variations section that covers the gamut of styles he was capable of, including the tight harmonies and pounding rhythms. I think it would have gotten your attention, any way. (If you like that, you'll also need to get the second piano concerto and the Scythian suite as well. In fact, even if you don't like it, you should still get the second piano concerto and the Scythian suite. You will thank me sooner or later for recommending those. )

    The third is a remix of licks from The Fiery Angel. (I'm old enough to have seen the title Englished to The Flaming Angel, too, right around the time that "flaming" was narrowing down to only one meaning!) It's a full-on symphony, you know, with development and recapitulation and all the rest, but he did get a lot of flack for just redoing his opera for the symphony hall.

    And then, when he redid The Prodigal Son the same way, in the fourth symphony, he got even more flack. The fourth exists in two very different versions, too, the opus 47 and the opus 47/112. A lot of people prefer the later version, I'm not sure why. It's longer and louder and bigger in every way. But those attributes are not necessarily better. I like the lean opus 47 better for what it's worth. There are recordings of both, sometimes both on the same CD. I'd get both myself, just because. (I rarely ever listen to the opus 112 any more, that's the only help I can be if you're trying to decide. I still recommend having both. In fact, get The Prodigal Son ballet, too, why not?)

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    No. 1 Obviously typing is not my forte.
    2. I attend a large number of concerts because I prefer live music to recorded. Also as soon as I buy high end audio equipment, it is very soon made obsolete.
    3. I enjoy most of the music written by Prokofiev that I ever heard and I do depend on concerts and the radio for much of what I hear.
    4. Peter and the Wolf is gateway music and may have influenced many young people to start enjoying and appreciating classical music.
    5. I have most likely heard the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th symphonies but the 1st, 5th, 6th, and
    7th are played a lot more often in both concerts and on the radio. I don't even want to hear the 1st because I place it in the overplayed Warhorse category.

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    I've just got into the 3rd piano concerto!

    Does anyone else think that the second mvt. theme and variations is immense?!
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    I always think of Prokofiev's compositions as a selection of parades of other composers music..a bit like listening to Ravel,their music are a combination and aggregation of music from their piers.
    Alot of the time I feel his music exaggerates to the point of 'micky taking' in this context.
    He can't seem to write music without being 'up front' and 'in your face'.His quieter and supposedly sutler passages of music never seem to match that of Shoshtakovich.His Symphonies have never really inspired me but his more popular works are always nice to hear,my favorite being his Violin concerto.
    He's OK,but I'm never sure what his music has ever meant in terms of personality and uniqueness in regards to other composers music of the same time.

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