Waltz Suite (Prokofiev)
In creating this work for the concert hall, the composer drew upon waltzes previously written for three of his most recent works for the stage and screen: the opera War and Peace (completed circa 1943–1944 but not yet premiered at that time); the ballet Cinderella (stage premiere, 1945); and, lastly, his score to the 1943 Soviet film Lermontov by Albert Gendelshtein and Konstantin Paustovsky.
The Waltz Suite comprises six movements, or waltzes:
- Since We Met, from War and Peace
- In the Palace, from Cinderella
- Mephisto Waltz, from Lermontov
- End of the Fairy Tale, from Cinderella
- New Year's Eve Ball, from War and Peace
- Happiness, from Cinderella
The work's premiere was conducted by the composer himself on 13 May 1947 in Moscow.
Among recordings of the Waltz Suite released on compact disc are ones by:
- Marin Alsop, conducting the São Paolo State Symphony Orchestra (Naxos)
- Neeme Jarvi, conducting the Scottish National Orchestra (Chandos)
- Theodore Kuchar, conducting the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (Naxos)
- Gennady Rozhdestvensky, conducting the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra (Russian Revelation)
- Alexander Titov, conducting the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (Beaux Authentics).