QUOTE(owainsutton @ Nov 22 2011, 01:16 PM)
Could you give us a link to the version with the different ending? (My hunch is that maybe the original opera version doesn't end in a way suitable for concert performance, and so was altered to give us the familiar violin solo.)
You're asking a technophobe for a link?!
(Sorry!) I think it's the Peters edition. Looking at the customer feedback, it seems that they have made changes to the ending. But I think I have tracked down a copy like the one I used to have and appear to have mislaid, and that has the original ending.
No, a free download wouldn't look quite so impressive under the Christmas tree! And I think we'd like to make a good impression as we have never met this particular girlfriend before, and she is coming to stay!