BORIS BEREZOVSKY & NATIONAL Orch. of BELGIUM PROKOFIEV Concerto Nº3 Op.26 FINALE LIVE
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Prokofiev may well be the most popular composer of 20th century music. His orchestral music alone is played more frequently in the United States than that of any other composer of the last hundred years, save Richard Strauss, while his operas, ballets, chamber works, and piano music appear regularly throughout the major concert halls world-wide.
Yet he has never won the admiration of Western academics and critics currently enjoyed by Igor Stravinsky and Arnold Schoenberg, composers purported to have a greater influence on a younger generation of musicians. Even though his Symphony No. 1, Op. 25, "Classical" was composed some 4--5 years before such works as Stravinsky's Pulcinella, some contend that "the [neo-classical] movement started in earnest with Stravinsky", or even cite the influence of Stravinsky's neo-classicism on Prokofiev.
Nor has Prokofiev's biography captured the imagination of the public, in the way that Shostakovich appeared, for example, in sources such as