Pushkin Waltzes (Prokofiev)

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Sergei Prokofiev wrote the two Pushkin Waltzes (Op. 120) in 1949.

Background[edit]

The waltzes were written to a commission from the Moscow Radio Committee, for 1949 was the 150th anniversary of Pushkin's birth.

Movements[edit]

The two waltzes (lasting around 8 minutes) are titled:

  1. Allegro espressivo (F major)
  2. Allegro meditativo (C-sharp minor)

Instrumentation[edit]

The work is scored for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, bass drum, snare drum, wood blocks, cymbals, tambourine, triangle, and strings.

Premiere[edit]

01-Jan-1952, Moscow (radio performance), conducted by Samuel Samosud.

Recordings[edit]

Orchestra Conductor Record Company Year of Recording Format
National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine Theodore Kuchar Naxos Records 1995 CD
Royal Scottish National Orchestra Neeme Järvi Chandos Records 1985 CD
Seattle Symphony Orchestra Gerard Schwarz Delos ? CD
USSR Radio/TV Large Symphony Orchestra Fuat Mansurov Consonance ? CD
Moscow Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra Gennadi Rozhdestvensky Melodiya ? LP

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