Prokofiev’s first mature opera turned out to be the first notable musical theatrical composition based on Dostoyevsky in the history of Russian culture. He received the commission for this work from the directors of the Imperial Theatres, one of whom was Albert Coates, who persuaded the authorities that the Russian theatres would be enriched by such a commission. The resulting opera was premiered in 1929 after being postponed for many years due to economic and political turmoil during which time Prokofiev revised it considerably. Presented here on a 2-CD set performed by an all Russian cast, this new recording is an important addition to the catalogue.
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