5th December

Archival recording: Prokofiev's 'War and Peace' with Hvorostovsky, Netrebko, Semenchuk and Gerello from New York

Prokofiev's 'War and Peace' is a 1946 230-minute opera in 13 scenes, plus an overture and an epigraph. Based on the 1869 novel War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, its Russian libretto was prepared by the composer and Mira Mendelson. The first seven scenes are devoted to peace, the latter six, after the epigraph, to war. Performers: Anna Netrebko: Natasha Rostova. Ekaterina Semenchuk: Sonya. Elena Obraztsova: Mme. Akhrosimova. Gegam Grigorian: Count Pierre Bezukhov. Dmitri Hvorostovsky: Prince Andrei. Vassily Gerello: Napoleon Bonaparte. Samuel Ramey: Field Marshal Kutuzov. Metropolitan Opera Choir and Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev. Recorded 2 March 2002.

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