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January 20, 1991 | HERBERT GLASS, Herbert Glass is a regular contributor to The Times
Sergei Prokofiev was born 100 years ago--on April 23, 1891, to be precise. Now that is something worth celebrating, in contrast to the hokey 1991 festivities attendant on the death of Mozart 200 years ago. Which is not to say that this column plans to ignore Mozart. Far from it: The number of new, worthwhile Mozart releases during the last two months alone already precludes such a stand. Today, however, the spotlight will be on Prokofiev--and not for the last time in '91.
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April 9, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Is the surest way to literary success the pairing of two cultural masters? There's a pile of books on my desk that say, yes, it is. They total two novels, one history and one set of correspondence. The subjects are two literary figures who were a couple, two literary figures whose relationship is imaginary, a musical master and his wife, and two literary lions writing to one another. These books are brought together by titles that are, in most instances, a set of paired names.
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May 11, 1997 | Kevin Thomas
Sergei Eisenstein's 1938 masterpiece stars Nikolai Cherkassov in the title role and tells of Russian resistance to a 13th-Century German invasion. It's a prophetic parable with justly famous battle scenes and an equally renowned score by Sergei Prokofiev (Bravo Monday at 8 a.m., 3 and 10:30 p.m.). Other selected four-star films airing this week: The Lady Eve / Disney, Sunday, 10:15 p.m. Bringing Up Baby / AMC, Monday, 3:15 p.m. and early Tuesday, 4:30 a.m. Destry Rides Again / AMC, Tuesday, 7 p.
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November 6, 2005 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
AS a ballet composer, Sergei Prokofiev is best known for "Romeo and Juliet," "Cinderella" and "The Prodigal Son." But three recent releases on DVD feature three of the world's greatest companies performing lesser-known full-evening works by him.
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March 15, 1991 | DANIEL CARIAGA
In this year which marks the bicentenary of the death of Mozart, other anniversaries should not be forgotten. The 100th birthday of Sergei Prokofiev, for example--April 27--which the Los Angeles Philharmonic is noting this week with a Prokofiev program conducted by the composer's countryman, Vladimir Ashkenazy.
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August 17, 2003 | Mark Swed; Richard S. Ginell; Chris Pasles; Allan Ulrich
The 50th anniversary of Sergei Prokofiev's death hasn't gotten much attention locally, but there are always CDs. Record companies, even in these days of fewer releases, have seldom seen an anniversary they didn't like. Below, some Times critics take a look at major releases of the Prokofiev year. -- Mark Swed Sergei Prokofiev: Fiftieth Anniversary Edition Various artists (Warner Classics) ** Assigning stars to this 24-CD set is all but impossible.
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April 9, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Is the surest way to literary success the pairing of two cultural masters? There's a pile of books on my desk that say, yes, it is. They total two novels, one history and one set of correspondence. The subjects are two literary figures who were a couple, two literary figures whose relationship is imaginary, a musical master and his wife, and two literary lions writing to one another. These books are brought together by titles that are, in most instances, a set of paired names.
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October 6, 1991 | HERBERT GLASS, Herbert Glass is a regular contributor to Calendar.
The attention given in 1991 to the works of centenarian Sergei Prokofiev seems to confirm his position as a composer who created great works without being a Great Composer. That is, while we admire and learn from his best, his numerous flops and middling creations don't expand our knowledge, as they do with, say, Stravinsky or Bartok. The 1944 Fifth Symphony, likely to emerge as Prokofiev's most durable large-scale work, hardly lacks recorded representation.
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June 22, 1986 | HERBERT GLASS
Sergei Prokofiev was never far from controversy. From his student days in St. Petersburg and Moscow before World War I until the mid-1920s, he was branded--much to his delight--a soulless savage of the avant-garde. Critics tended then to divide modernist composers into "primitive" Russians and "effete, over-intellectual" Germans. Simpler times, adjectivally speaking, than our own.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2005 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
AS a ballet composer, Sergei Prokofiev is best known for "Romeo and Juliet," "Cinderella" and "The Prodigal Son." But three recent releases on DVD feature three of the world's greatest companies performing lesser-known full-evening works by him.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2003 | Mark Swed; Richard S. Ginell; Chris Pasles; Allan Ulrich
The 50th anniversary of Sergei Prokofiev's death hasn't gotten much attention locally, but there are always CDs. Record companies, even in these days of fewer releases, have seldom seen an anniversary they didn't like. Below, some Times critics take a look at major releases of the Prokofiev year. -- Mark Swed Sergei Prokofiev: Fiftieth Anniversary Edition Various artists (Warner Classics) ** Assigning stars to this 24-CD set is all but impossible.
NEWS
May 11, 1997 | Kevin Thomas
Sergei Eisenstein's 1938 masterpiece stars Nikolai Cherkassov in the title role and tells of Russian resistance to a 13th-Century German invasion. It's a prophetic parable with justly famous battle scenes and an equally renowned score by Sergei Prokofiev (Bravo Monday at 8 a.m., 3 and 10:30 p.m.). Other selected four-star films airing this week: The Lady Eve / Disney, Sunday, 10:15 p.m. Bringing Up Baby / AMC, Monday, 3:15 p.m. and early Tuesday, 4:30 a.m. Destry Rides Again / AMC, Tuesday, 7 p.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 1991 | HERBERT GLASS, Herbert Glass is a regular contributor to Calendar.
The attention given in 1991 to the works of centenarian Sergei Prokofiev seems to confirm his position as a composer who created great works without being a Great Composer. That is, while we admire and learn from his best, his numerous flops and middling creations don't expand our knowledge, as they do with, say, Stravinsky or Bartok. The 1944 Fifth Symphony, likely to emerge as Prokofiev's most durable large-scale work, hardly lacks recorded representation.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 1991 | DANIEL CARIAGA
In this year which marks the bicentenary of the death of Mozart, other anniversaries should not be forgotten. The 100th birthday of Sergei Prokofiev, for example--April 27--which the Los Angeles Philharmonic is noting this week with a Prokofiev program conducted by the composer's countryman, Vladimir Ashkenazy.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 1991 | HERBERT GLASS, Herbert Glass is a regular contributor to The Times
Sergei Prokofiev was born 100 years ago--on April 23, 1891, to be precise. Now that is something worth celebrating, in contrast to the hokey 1991 festivities attendant on the death of Mozart 200 years ago. Which is not to say that this column plans to ignore Mozart. Far from it: The number of new, worthwhile Mozart releases during the last two months alone already precludes such a stand. Today, however, the spotlight will be on Prokofiev--and not for the last time in '91.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 1986 | HERBERT GLASS
Sergei Prokofiev was never far from controversy. From his student days in St. Petersburg and Moscow before World War I until the mid-1920s, he was branded--much to his delight--a soulless savage of the avant-garde. Critics tended then to divide modernist composers into "primitive" Russians and "effete, over-intellectual" Germans. Simpler times, adjectivally speaking, than our own.
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September 16, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
The Bolshoi Theater appointed Alexander Lazarev as its new chief orchestra conductor, the official Soviet news agency Tass reported Tuesday. Lazarev, 42, replaces Yuri Simonov, who now heads the Maly Symphony Orchestra. Associated with the Bolshoi since 1973, Lazarev has conducted works by Russian composers, including Sergei Prokofiev and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Lazarev plans to include works by European composers such as Puccini and Richard Strauss in the Bolshoi repertory, according to Tass.
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June 17, 1988 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, Compiled by Terry Atkinson
Recent releases, reviewed by Times critics. ** 1/2 "Peter and the Wolf" J2. $14.95. Sergei Prokofiev's classic is given a puppet treatment by La Compagnie Andre Tahon of France. Part of the Storytime Musical Treasury, this is unpretentious fare for the very young, spiced up with a dash of humor and a truly scary wolf.
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