BORIS BEREZOVSKY & NATIONAL Orch. of BELGIUM PROKOFIEV Concerto Nº3 Op.26 I / II LIVE
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Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (Russian: ?????? ????????? ?????????; 23 April 1891 -- 5 March 1953) was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor who mastered numerous musical genres and is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. His best-known works include 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. Besides many other works, Prokofiev also composed five piano concertos, nine completed piano sonatas and seven symphonies.
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 and his first two piano concertos. Prokofiev's first major success breaking out of the composer-pianist mould was with his purely orchestral Scythian Suite, compiled from music originally composed