Russian Overture, Op. 72 (1937)

The Russian Overture is an unashamedly highspirited work combining folk-like tunes with quirky harmonies and marvellous orchestration. Prokofiev originally scored the piece for quadruple woodwind, but a year later reduced its Mahlerian proportions to a rather mmore economical size.

Program note by Clive Bennett

London: London Philharmonic Orchestra / Walter Weller

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Created: May 11, 1997