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Prokofiev - War and Peace

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Label: Erato - The Home of Opera

Cat No: 9029585476

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 4

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 12th May 2017

Contents

Artists

Galina Vishnevskaya
Lajos Miller
Wieslaw Ochman
Nicolai Gedda
Nicola Ghiuselev
Katherine Ciesinski
Mariana Paunova
Stefania Toczynska
Romuald Tesarowicz
Eduard Tumagian
Misha Raitzin
Dimiter Petkov
Michel Senechal
Choeurs de Radio France
Orchestre National de France

Conductor

Mstislav Rostropovich

Works

Prokofiev, Sergei

War and Peace, op.91

Artists

Galina Vishnevskaya
Lajos Miller
Wieslaw Ochman
Nicolai Gedda
Nicola Ghiuselev
Katherine Ciesinski
Mariana Paunova
Stefania Toczynska
Romuald Tesarowicz
Eduard Tumagian
Misha Raitzin
Dimiter Petkov
Michel Senechal
Choeurs de Radio France
Orchestre National de France

Conductor

Mstislav Rostropovich

About

Prokofiev composed his adaptation of Tolstoy’s mighty War and Peace during World War II. In 1986, as the Cold War entered its final phase, the exiled Mstislav Rostropovich conducted this superb recording of the opera with his wife, Galina Vishnevskaya, in the central role of Natalya Rostova. Rostropovich had been Prokofiev’s student and knew him well. “At the end of his life,” he wrote, “Prokofiev was obsessed with the hope that one day his greatest masterpiece, War and Peace, would triumph in its definitive form … Now I fervently hope that this recording will satisfy my old friend.”

Cast:
- Countess Natalya Rostova (Natasha): Galina Vishnevskaya 
- Prince Andrei Bolkonski: Lajos Miller 
- Count Pyotr Bezukhov: Wieslaw Ochman 
- Anatol Kuragin: Nicolai Gedda 
- Field-Marshal Kutuzov: Nicola Ghiuselev 
- Sonia: Katherine Ciesinski 
- Maria Akhrossimova: Mariana Paunova 
- Countess Helena Bezukhova: Stefania Toczynska 
- Balaga: Romuald Tesarowicz 
- Napoleon: Eduard Tumagian
- Platon Karataiev: Misha Raitzin
- Count Ilya Rostov: Dimiter Petkov 
- Monsieur de Beausset: Michel Sénéchal

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