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Prokofiev: War and Peace / Bertini/Opera Nationale de Paris, Guryakova, Gunn [2 DVD]

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergei : War and Peace, Op. 91
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

When Sergei Prokofiev started work on a new opera, having just finished his opera 'Betrothal in a Monastery', he could not have envisaged that the theme, borrowed from Tolstoy's novel 'War and Peace', would very soon become dreadful reality. It was just two months later that the German invasion of the Soviet Union began. By way of the conscious parallel to Napoleon's historic invasion of Russia, Prokofiev's opera became an attempt to strengthen the defense morale of his fellow countrymen in this "patriotic war", as soviet historians of the Second World War call it. One of the reasons why this work is so difficult to put on is the huge number of performers - more than were ever used before.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 289 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby 5.0, DTS 5.0
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese


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>Prokofiev, Sergei : War and Peace, Op. 91
  • Performers: Leonid Zimnenko (Baritone); Elena Zaremba (Mezzo Soprano); Susanna Poretsky (Mezzo Soprano); Elena Obraztsova (Alto); Vladimir Matorine (Bass); Stefan Margita (Tenor); Anatoly Kotcherga (Bass); Mikhail Kit (Bass); Olga Guryakova (Soprano); Nathan Gunn (Baritone); Vassili Gerello (Baritone); Robert Brubaker (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Gary Bertini
  • Ensemble: Paris National Opera Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1943/1952
  • Studio/Live: Live