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Donald Macleod explores Prokofiev's music for stage and screen, focusing on his operas War on Peace and Story of a Real Man, a doomed attempt to appease the Soviet authorities.

The final programme of the week ranges from the sublime to the abject; Prokofiev measures up magnificently to Tolstoy in his operatic presentation of War and Peace, but his Story of a Real Man is a doomed attempt to appease the Soviet authorities - by this point in his career, the composer was irretrievably out of favour with Stalin. Before things had got that far, Prokofiev collaborated for the second and last time with Sergei Eisenstein, on the film Ivan the Terrible, which was at least partly to Stalin's taste. And to finish, music from the composer's last completed work, The Tale of the Stone Flower.

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Fri 19 Mar 2010 22:00

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  • Sergei Prokofiev

    ?Story of a Real Man

    Performer: Mark Ermler Performer: Chorus and Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre

    • Chandos 10002(2).
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    ?War and Peace

    Performer: Georgi Tcholakov (Master of Ceremonies – tenor) Performer: James Anderson (footman – tenor) Performer: Dimiter Petkov (Count Rostov – bass baritone) Performer: Maria Paunova (Maria Dmitrievna Akhrosimova – mezzo soprano) Performer: Galina Vichnievskaïa (Natasha Rostova– sop) Performer: Magdalena Cononovici (Madame Peronskaya – sop) Performer: Katherine Ciesinski (Sonya – mezzo soprano) Performer: Stefania Toczyska (Helena Bezoukhov – mezzo soprano) Performer: Nicolaï Gedda (Anatole Kouraguine – tenor) Performer: Vladimir de Kanel (Dolokhov – bass baritone) Performer: Wieslaw Ochman – (Pierre Bezoukhov – tenor) Performer: Lajos Miller (Prince André Bolkonski – baritone) Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich Performer: Orchestre National de France Performer: Choeurs de Radio France

    • Warner 0927 49638-2.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    ?Ivan the Terrible

    Performer: Valeri Polyansky Performer: Russian State Symphony Orchestra/ Russian State Symphonic Cappella

    • Chandos 10153(2).
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    ?Story of a Real Man

    Performer: Yevgeny Kibkalo (Alexeï – baritone) Performer: Mark Reshetin (Vasili Vasilevich – bass) Performer: Vladimir Petrov (Senior Physician – tenor) Conductor: Mark Ermler Performer: Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Performer: Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre

    • Chandos 10002(2).
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    The Tale of the Stone Flower

    Performer: Gianandrea Noseda Performer: BBC Philharmonic

    • Chandos 10058(2).

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