The Fiery Angel -
'... forceful and compelling ...'
This demon-haunted work was written in the neighbourhood of the glorious Bavarian monastery at Ettal, in the grounds of which I have wandered many a contemplative hour. Prokofiev was also within easy reach of Oberammergau, where he saw the Passion Play. Some of the music was ready to hand in a 'white quartet' he had started but abandoned, suitable for what remained of Renata's sanity and for the nuns assembling in all innocence within the convent.
In a Cologne not yet adorned with its magnificent cathedral and all too neighbourly railway, the commanding Ruprecht of Sergei Leiferkus has heard the demented ravings of Galina Gorchakova as Renata...
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