MELODIYA 10" LP 1187-88: PROKOFIEV - Age of Steel, etc. 1960s NM
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Background on this item -
Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (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 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 were all highly successful. 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 relative success in that genre during his lifetime was The Love for Three Oranges, composed for Chicago 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 he lived in the United States, then Germany, then Paris, during which time he married a Spanish singer, Carolina ('Lina') Codina, with whom he had two sons. Because of the increasing economic deprivation of Europe, Prokofiev returned to Russia in 1936. 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 and for the latter he  composed his Symphony-Concerto.

Prokofiev died at the age of 61 on 5 March 1953, the day Joseph Stalin's death was announced. He had lived near Red Square, and for three days the throngs gathered to mourn Stalin, making it impossible to carry Prokofiev's body out for the funeral service at the headquarters of the Soviet Composer's Union. He is buried in the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow.

The leading Soviet musical periodical reported Prokofiev's death as a brief item on page 116. The first 115 pages were devoted to the death of Stalin. Usually Prokofiev's death is attributed to cerebral hemorrhage (bleeding into the brain). He had been chronically ill for the prior eight years; the precise nature of Prokofiev's terminal illness remains uncertain.

Lina Prokofieva outlived her estranged husband by many years, dying in London in early 1989. Royalties from her late husband's music provided her with a modest income. Their sons Sviatoslav (1924–2010), an architect, and Oleg (1928–1998), an artist, painter, sculptor and poet, dedicated a large part of their lives to the promotion of their father's life and work.

MELODIYA Records 10” LP item - BLUE record labels with SILVER lettering - see pictures with this listing for more detail
Record Made in the USSR (Russia)
Pressing is in STEREO
Record Speed: 33 rpm
Record issued in the 1960’s - we don't know for sure as there is nothing on the LP or jacket to indicate a date of manufature
Record Catalog Number: 33 C 1187-88

This listing is for a very rare, out of print 10” LP featuring the music of -

PROKOFIEV

10" LP Title -
S. PROKOFIEV

Performers on this title include -
Alisa Kohonen
Moscow Radio Great Symphony Orchestra
G. Rozhdestvensky, conductor

Track listings -
1. Autumn - Symphonic Sketch in E Minor, Op. 8
2. The Palace Glittered - Monologue from the muic to the performance "Egyptian Nights", verses by A. Pushkin
3. The Age of Steel - Suite from the Ballet, Op. 41

CONDITION Details:
The JACKET:
The LP jacket is in Near MINT minus condition.
The jacket has NO seam splits - it is completely intact, and shows only some shelf wear, primarily at the seams and corners. 
It has NO drill holes or saw marks of any kind on the jacket. 
There is NO hand writing on any part of the jacket, front or back (see picture for more detail).
The cover has clean and sharp colors, just gorgeous - see picture with this listing for more detail.

The LP (vinyl) itself:
The LP is in near MINT minus condition! - like NEW!!
The LP retains much of the original gloss and sheen!
The record has no serious marks, obviously well taken care of.
There are NO spindle marks on the record labels.
This is the near mint copy you have always wanted in your collection - any super picky audiophile would be happy with this one! A better copy would be very difficult to locate!
This LP may have a slight mark or two (spider marks) which are caused by sliding the LP in and out of the inner sleeve and are usually not audible on most audio systems.

Please understand that this is a vintage LP record - as such, one cannot expect the vinyl to sound like a brand new, audiophile pressing! Some noise is inevitable - for best results, always properly clean your LPs before playing them.

The LP is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

A Short Note About LP GRADING -
Mint {M} = Only used for sealed items.
Near Mint {NM} = Virtually flawless in every way.
Near Mint Minus {NM-} = Item has some minor imperfections, some audible.
Excellent {EXC} = Item obviously played and enjoyed with some noise.
Very Good Plus {VG+} = Many more imperfections which are noticeable and obtrusive.

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: Melodiya 10" LP 1187-88 NM
  • Manufacturer: Melodiya Records
  • Condition: Used

MELODIYA 10" LP 1187-88: PROKOFIEV - Age of Steel, etc. 1960s NM

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