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Valse-Scherzo, Op.34

Hi. Can anyone shed some light on this for me? I would like to know why there are two differing versions of the Valse-Scherzo for violin and orchestra. Very few violinists seem to play or record the complete version (notable exceptions include Gil Shaham, Emmy Verhey, Boris Belkin and Ulf Hoelscher), while the butchered shorter version that cuts out the amusing false ending and other passages, sadly seems to be the favoured version with violinists. I have never seen any information about who produced this mutilation. Was it Kotek? Was it Tchaikovsky himself? Any information would be welcome. Thanks!

Fred Edwards

13/09/2011 05:12

I can only add that the versions published during Tchaikovsky's lifetime were intact, and this isn't the only one of Tchaikovsky's concertante works to have been butchered after his death.

Brett Langston

13/09/2011 08:57

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