Opera - War and Peace

4 Compact Discs for the price of 3
   
 SERGEI PROKOFIEV (1891-1953)
   
 War and Peace, Op. 91 235:10  
  Recorded live at the 1999 Spoleto Festival  
  Opera in thirteen acts  
  Libretto by the composer and Mira Mendelson after the novel by Leo Tolstoy  
   
1 Overture 4:42
  Scene 1  
2 'The radiance of the sky in spring . . .' 3:39
  Prince Andrey  
3 'I won't, I can't sleep' 4:58
  Natasha  
4 'O God, my God! What a shame to sleep!' 2:57
  Natasha  
   
5 Scene 2 2:37
6 'Chorus! Let the chorus begin!' 4:57
  Host  
7 'Look, the colonel's dancing the mazurka' 2:39
  Peronskaya, Akhrosimova, Hélène, Anatoly, Count Rostov  
8 'Will no one choose me as a partner?' 2:48
  Natasha  
9 'When I was at Otradnoye in May' 6:51
  Prince Andrey  
   
  Scene 3  
10 'The young Prince's fiancée' 5:19
  Old Footman  
11 'Ah, Madam, young lady . . .' 5:55
  Prince Nikolay Bolkonsky  
   
  Scene 4  
12 'The charming, delightful Natasha' 3:18
  Hélène  
13 'She's wonderful and so beautiful' 7:12
  Natasha  
   
  Scene 5  
14 'At ten o'clock in the evening, she'll be waiting' 4:09
  Anatoly  
15 'Balaga!' 6:15
  Dolokhov  
   
  Scene 6  
16 'Oh, my dear Miss Natasha, all is lost, it seems' 3:38
  Dunyasha  
17 'A fine young lady you are!' 6:34
  Akhrosimova  
18 'I've sough to avoid her' 11:07
  Pierre  
   
  Scene 7  
19 'Picture the scene, Countess' 10:49
  Métivier  
   
  Epigraph  
20 'The forces of two and ten European nations' 5:19
  Chorus  
   
  Scene 8  
21 'Come on lads!' 'That's the way!' 8:27
  Volunteers, Tikhon  
22 'Denisov, her first fiancé' 3:27
  Prince Andrey  
23 'It's the master, look at him!' 6:06
  Fyodor  
24 'Hurrah! Hurrah!' 3:02
  Chorus of Soldiers  
25 'There is no people greater than ours' 10:34
  Kutuzov  
   
  Scene 9  
26 'The wine is uncorked; we must drink it' 10:25
  Napoleon  
   
  Scene 10  
27 'And so, gentlemen, the question is . . .' 6:48
  Benigsen  
28 'The enemy bears down on us with fire and steel' 1:13
  Soldier  
29 'When, oh when was this dreadful business decided?' 9:12
  Kutuzov  
   
  Scene 11  
30 'Moscow's deserted!' 8:14
  Ramballe  
31 'I must do the deed, or die' 4:28
  Pierre  
32 'Where di you get such a good going-over, lads?' 2:11
  Jacqueau  
33 'Davout, the cruel Davout, the emperor Napoleon's hatchet man!' 5:16
  Pierre  
34 'Nothing matters now, nothing' 6:41
  Pierre  
35 'What a dreadful scene!' 4:13
  Napoleon  
   
  Scene 12  
36 'It's stretching higher and further' 8:20
  Prince Andrey  
37 'Has fate really brought us together so strangely today . . .' 7:22
  Prince Andrey  
   
  Scene 13  
38 'We've burnt our bridges . . .' 5:08
  Ramballe  
39 'Hey! Hey! Hey!' 7:27
  Voice off-stage  
40 'Dolokhov said that Hélène had passed away' 2:38
  Pierre  
41 'The Commander-in-chief is coming!' 1:44
  Adjutant  
42 'The enemy has been put to rout' 6:15
  Kutuzov  
   
 Ekaterina Morozova soprano - Countess Natalya Rostova
 Justin Lavender tenor - Count Pyotr Bezukhov
 Oleg Balashov tenor - Prince Anatol Kuragin
 Roderick Williams baritone - Prince Andrey Bolkonsky
 Pamela Helen Stephen mezzo-soprano - Sonya
 Igor Matioukhin baritone - Lieutenant Dolokhov
 Elena Ionova mezzo-soprano - Countess Hélène Bezukhov
 Alan Ewing bass - Prince Mikhail Kutuzov
 Stephen Dupont baritone - Count Ilya Rostov
 Thomas Guthrie baritone - Colonel Vasska Denisov
 Vladimir Ognev bass - Prince Nikolay Bolkonsky
 Victoria Livengood contralto - Mariya Akrosimova
 Neil Jenkins tenor - Platon Karatayev
 Alan Opie baritone - Napoleon Bonaparte
  Valeri Polyanksy chorus master  
 Richard Hickox
  4, 6, 8, 9 & 10 July 1999