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Prokofiev: War and Peace / Rostropovich, Vishnevskaya

Release Date: 08/02/1991 
Label:  Erato Libretto Catalog #: 45331   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Nathalie StutzmannLajos MillerMagdalena CononoviciDimiter Petkov,   ... 
Conductor:  Mstislav Rostropovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National OrchestraORTF Chorus
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 4 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Pride of place goes to Rostropovich’s magnificent (and very complete) recording of War and Peace. As a cellist, Rostropovich can be counted on for commitment to whatever he plays, even trivia like the Vlasov Cello Concerto. As a conductor, in contrast, he is often disengaged from music of the highest quality. Here, fortunately, he’s at his best, alert (as no other conductor has been on disc) to all the details of Prokofiev’s loving portrayals of his characters, to all the music’s emotional swerves, and to all the rich evocations of mood, from personal intimacy to public cataclysm. And although some of his singers—Vishnevskaya and Gedda, in particular— are a bit old for their parts, their conviction and dramatic intuition see them through. Read more The hefty booklet offers the libretto in German, French, and English—but, as on the original release, the Russian text that’s sung is missing. Even so, this is one of the peaks of the Prokofiev discography.

-- Peter J. Rabinowitz, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

War and Peace, Op. 91 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Nathalie Stutzmann (Mezzo Soprano), Lajos Miller (Baritone), Magdalena Cononovici (Soprano),
Dimiter Petkov (Bass Baritone), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Galina Vishnevskaya (Soprano),
Ionel Pantea (Bass), Constantin Dumitru (Bass), Mariana Paunova (Mezzo Soprano),
Georgi Tcholakov (Tenor), James Anderson (Tenor), Katherine Ciesinski (Mezzo Soprano),
Kalin Topalov-Vehar (Baritone), Constantin Zaharia (Tenor), Nicolai Ghiuselev (Bass),
Robert Cardona (Tenor), Henri Bougerolle (Bass Baritone), Consuelo Caroli (Alto),
Ivan Matiakh (Tenor), Wieslaw Ochman (Tenor), Stefania Toczyska (Mezzo Soprano),
Michel Marsetti (Bass Baritone), Philippe Gaudin (Tenor), Gilles Vitale (Tenor),
Mario Castagnetti (Bass), Jean Loupien (Tenor), Jean-Philippe Doubrere (Baritone),
Colleen Gaetano (Soprano), Petra Malakova (Mezzo Soprano), Malcolm Smith (Bass Baritone),
Misha Raitzin (Tenor), Frédéric Plantak (Tenor), Gerard Serkoyan (Bass),
Vladimir De Kanel (Bass Baritone), Daniel Ottevaere (Bass Baritone), Pali Marinov (Bass Baritone),
Nathalie Stutzmann (Alto), Catherine Dubosc (Soprano), Romuald Tesarowicz (Bass),
Anton Diakov (Bass), Mira Zakai (Alto), Ivan Konsulov (Baritone),
Ludmila Kovatcheva (Alto), Eduard Tumagian (Baritone), Claude Delaunay (Soprano),
Michel Sénéchal (Tenor)
Conductor:  Mstislav Rostropovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra,  ORTF Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943/1952; USSR 
Date of Recording: 12/1986 
Venue:  Studio 104, Radio France, Paris 
Length: 245 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Russian 

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