This year marks the 50th anniversary of Sergei Prokofiev's death, providing an occasion for labels to move beyond such greatest hits as the "Romeo & Juliet" Suites and the Third Piano Concerto.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Sergei Prokofiev's death, providing an occasion for labels to move beyond such greatest hits as the "Romeo & Juliet" Suites and the Third Piano Concerto. Warner Classics may have issued a massive Prokofiev boxed set, but British indie Chandos has done better by Prokofiev than any other company, adding many rarities to its already-massive catalog of his music. Mixing the familiar with the more uncommon, this charming anthology of waltzes reminds us that Prokofiev was a master of not only propulsive machine-age rhythm but also beguiling melody in the guise of Old World dance. These waltzes—from his "Cinderella" and "Stone Flower" ballets, the opera "War and Peace" and other works—not only reinvented 3/4 time for the 20th century, but they also made for some of Prokofiev's most charming music.—BB