Symphonie Espagnole Opus 21 (5) Edouard Lalo
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Great classical music inspired by books
Prokofiev began setting Tolstoy's epic in the summer of 1942, spurred on by the German invasion of the Soviet Union. To satisfy the Soviet Committee on the Arts, which demanded more patriotism and heroism, Prokofiev duly added marches and choruses. Pictured are Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Anna Netrebko at a Metropolitan Opera production of the opera.