Notes & Reviews:
The Winter Bonfire, composed by Prokofiev in 1950 for a symphonic orchestra plus a narrator and set to a text by Samuel Marchak, was especially created for Soviet state radio. The work was then banished, and has not been performed along with the original story for the past 62 years. Today this choral suite still remains a rarity, even without the narrative, both on a performance and a recording level. Musicologist and actor Vincent Figuri retraced the original lyrics, and reset them to the score. Having been slowly matured over the past 12 years, this new bilingual interpretation, with the original narrative restored, is truly a world premiere!
Vincent Figuri, the musicologist and actor who narrates this recording, took great care in retracing the original lyrics so that the music can transpire through the words ... The richness, lyricism, and poetry of Winter Bonfire are enhanced in this recording by the sensitive performance of the Saison Russe chorus and orchestra, conducted by Andrei Tchistiakov.
Recording information: Moscow (05/1995).
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Works DetailsProkofiev, Sergei : Winter Bonfire, suite for narrator, boy's chorus & orchestra, Op. 122
- Conductor: Andrei Tchistiakov
- Ensemble: Saison Russe Symphony Orchestra
- Running Time: 49 min. 17 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Written: 1949-1950