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Chopin "Grande Valse Brillante" - Britten's orchestration

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Uploaded on Sep 22, 2011

Benjamin Britten spent the early years of World War II in America and to make ends meet accepted a number of commissions. One of these was a new version of "Les Sylphides" for the Ballet Theatre in New York. Britten's sequence of orchestrated Chopin piano pieces (Preludes, Nocturnes, Mazurkas, etc.) concludes with the "Grande Valse Brillante" heard here. It comes from an early 1950s LP by the Ballet Theatre Orchestra under Joseph Levine in what seems to be the only recording yet made of Britten's scoring.

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