Music: Prokofiev & Tolstoy

Prokofiev & Tolstoy The U.S. witnessed a major musical event this week: the American premiere of the late Sergei Prokofiev's War and Peace. Although the composer finished his first version while the Germans were still rumbling toward Stalingrad, the sprawling work, which in one version took eight hours, had been performed only once before outside Russia (in Florence, in 1953). The present 2½hour edition—brilliantly produced in an English translation by NBC-TV's enterprising Opera Theater, and conducted by Peter Herman Adler—was. the version Prokofiev himself approved before his death four years ago. It turned out to be less...

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