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Gliere: Violin Concerto, Symphony No 2 / Nishino, Butt


Release Date: 06/25/2002 
Label:  Asv   Catalog #: 1129   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Reinhold Gliere
Performer:  Yuko Nishino
Conductor:  Yondani Butt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Violin Concerto has sweet melodies, lush harmonies and opportunities for the soloist to show off her technique, which she does with great expertise. The lyricism of Second Symphony is a reminder of a lost world.

Glière left his Violin Concerto unfinished when he died in 1956, and it was completed by his one-time pupil Lyatoshinsky. The booklet-note writer describes it as ‘astonishingly original’: actually, it’s a thoroughly professional work in the late-Romantic style, with echoes of Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Rachmaninov and, at one point, Ravel’s Tzigane. There are sweet melodies, lush harmonies and opportunities for the soloist to show off her technique, which she does with great expertise, and it’s an
Read more enjoyable 17-and-a-half minutes. Much more authentic, in the sense of belonging to its time, is the Second Symphony of 1907. There’s greater urgency in the themes, and this seems to communicate itself to Butt and the Philharmonia, who bring tension and controlled phrasing to the dramatic first movement, even if there are a few too many bars whose purpose seems only to get from one place to another. The fleet-footed scherzo has a sustained middle section, but the real lyricism comes in the Andante, based on a Russian peasant song, where there is some intense and soulful playing from the strings, interrupted by outbreaks of a sort of rustic jollity, which takes over almost completely in the finale. It’s a reminder of a lost world.

-- Martin Cotton, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin, Op. 100 by Reinhold Gliere
Performer:  Yuko Nishino (Violin)
Conductor:  Yondani Butt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USSR 
Date of Recording: 08/2000 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 17 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: This work was completed by Boris Lyatoshinsky after Gliere's death in 1956. 
2.
Symphony no 2 in C minor, Op. 25 by Reinhold Gliere
Conductor:  Yondani Butt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907-1908; Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/2000 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 49 Minutes 54 Secs. 

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