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Prokofiev: War And Peace / Guryakova, Gunn

Prokofiev / Guryakova / Obraztsova / Gunn
Release Date: 04/28/2009 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 107029  
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Mikhail KitLeonid ZimnenkoSusanna PoretzkyRobert Brubaker,   ... 
Conductor:  Gary Bertini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris National Opera ChorusParis National Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial 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 defensive morale of his fellow countrymen in the Great Patriotic War, as Soviet historians of the Second World War describe it. One of the reasons why this dramatic work is so difficult to stage is the huge number of performers – more than were ever used before. Even for the shortened version at the Read more Paris opera, 43 singers and actors, making up a total of 62, were drawn from the original 72 parts. Even if one considers that some have only a few words to sing and that some of the parts are divided between the scenes in such a way that a singer can double up, the mere dimension of the work is a challenge in itself. -- Arthaus-Musik

Sergey Prokofiev

Natacha Rostova – Olga Guryakova
Prince André Bolkonski – Nathan Gunn
Comte Pierre Bezoukhov – Robert Brubaker
Maréchal Mikhail Koutouzov – Anatoli Kotcherga
Maria D. Akhrossimova – Elena Obraztsova
Napoléon – Vassili Gerello
Cometesse Hélène Bezoukhova – Elena Zaremba
Anatole Kouraguine – Stefan Margita
Princess Maria – Susanna Poretsky
Prince Nikolai A. Bolkonski – Leonid Zimnenko
Comte Ilia A. Rostov – Mikhail Kit
La cocher Balaga – Vladimir Matorine

Paris National Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Gary Bertini, conductor

Francesca Zambello, stage director
John Macfarlane, set design
Nicky Gillibrand, costume design

Recorded live from the Opéra national de Paris, 2000.

- The Making of War and Peace

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.0 / DTS 5.0
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Menu language: English
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese
Running time: 210 mins (opera) + 79 mins (bonus)
No. of DVDs: 2 (DVD 9)
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Works on This Recording

War and Peace, Op. 91 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Mikhail Kit (Baritone), Leonid Zimnenko (Bass), Susanna Poretzky (Mezzo Soprano),
Robert Brubaker (Tenor), Elena Obraztsova (Mezzo Soprano), Nathan Gunn (Baritone),
Olga Guryakova (Soprano), Anatoly Kotcherga (Bass)
Conductor:  Gary Bertini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris National Opera Chorus,  Paris National Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943/1952; USSR 

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