The excerpts taken from the opera maintain the grandeur and optimism of Prokofiev's magnum opus, in stark contrast to Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem. This profound and moving 'plea for peace', written a year before Prokofiev's score, contains some of the most affecting and effective orchestral writing, induced by the terror of war as Walton's Viola Concerto was by the melancholy beauty of his chosen instrument.
6.15pm - Pre-concert event. Tolstoy biographer Dr Rosamund Bartlett explores musical adaptations of Tolstoy's works including the challenges faced by Prokofiev in his epic opera War and Peace.
Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road
London Greater London United Kingdom SE1 8XX