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On demand: Glazunov 's Concert Waltz no. 1

GSOplayRecorded at Gothenburg Concert Hall: Stora Salen, Gothenburg, Sweden
Gothenburg Symphony
Andrey BoreykoConductor

Alexander Glazunov had a wonderful rhythmic sense. This is obvious in the delightful Concert Waltz no. 1 which is definitely on the same level as Strauss' Viennese waltzes.

Glazunov was a musical prodigy. When he composed this concert at the age of 28 he was already an experienced composer. His first symphony had its first performance in 1884 in Weimar, where he also met Franz Liszt. His next trip to Europe brought him to Paris where he conducted his second symphony in 1889, the year of the World Exhibition in the French capital. 1893 saw the creation of Concert Waltz no 1 – beautiful, charming and sweeping like a ball scene in a high budget costume movie.

Watch it performed by the Gothenburg Symphony conducted by Andrey Boreyko.

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