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Glazunov: Complete Symphonies & Concertos / Serebrier

Glazunov / Serebrier / Yang / Romanovsky
Release Date: 06/26/2012 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 664674   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Rachel Barton PineAlexander RomanovskyMarc ChissonAlexey Serov,   ... 
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Number of Discs: 8 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 8 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Glazunov’s symphonies hover on the edge of the repertoire. You almost never see them programmed in live concerts, but every couple of decades a complete cycle comes out. Curiously, none of the Russian recordings are very good. The performances are uniformly heavy and dull, whereas Glazunov’s music, symphonic or not, demands a balletic lilt and a light touch. His symphonies are full of good tunes and are beautifully crafted, but despite exciting moments they aren’t terribly dramatic and so need to played swiftly and vivaciously. The sound clip below offers a sample of the delightful “toy” music from trio of the Fifth Symphony’s scherzo. It’s just a taste of the many captivating moments you’ll find in
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Previously, the best Glazunov cycle available was Järvi’s on Orfeo. It had the right energy, but was very expensive. Some discs (all at full price) contained a single symphony and the fillers, a couple of concert waltzes, were most ungenerous. This box features performances, ironically with one of Järvi’s previous orchestras, that easily set the new standard for these pieces. Serebrier plays the music like he really cares about it, touchingly in the slow movements, but with real Russian fire in the first movements and finales. The concertos are equally well done, with Rachel Barton Pine superb in the Violin Concerto, and Alexander Romanovsky confidently swaggering through the two piano concertos. These latter works are scarcely known, but they are both excellent and deserve to enter the repertoire.

In addition to these major pieces, you also get all of the shorter concerted works (including the Saxophone Concerto), the tone poems La mer and the Introduction and Dance from Salome, a superb rendition of The Seasons, and an excellent extended suite from the ballet Raymonda. This box, in short, gives you all of the music that you’ll ever need if you want to get the most important Glazunov works in one handy package. You even get the unfinished Ninth Symphony–quite a deal.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 9 in D major: 1st movement [unfinished] by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 10 Minutes 31 Secs. 
2. Symphony no 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 16 by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Russia 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 32 Minutes 0 Secs. 
3. Symphony no 1 in E major, Op. 5 "Slavic" by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1882; Russia 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 33 Minutes 33 Secs. 
4. Symphony no 7 in F major, Op. 77 "Pastorale" by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Russia 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 35 Minutes 35 Secs. 
5. Symphony no 5 in B flat major, Op. 55 by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Russia 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 32 Minutes 9 Secs. 
6. The Seasons, Op. 67 by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Russia 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
7. Symphony no 6 in C minor, Op. 58 by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Russia 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 35 Minutes 14 Secs. 
8. Fantasy for Orchestra in E major, Op. 28 "The Sea" by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Russia 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 15 Minutes 27 Secs. 
9. Introduction and Dance of Salome, Op. 90 by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908; Russia 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 15 Minutes 20 Secs. 
10. Symphony no 8 in E flat major, Op. 83 by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Russia 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 41 Minutes 56 Secs. 
11. Raymonda Suite, Op. 57a by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Russia 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 24 Minutes 35 Secs. 
12. Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 82 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Russia 
Venue:  Svetlanov Hall, Moscow International Per 
Length: 9 Minutes 57 Secs. 
13. Concerto for Piano no 2 in B major, Op. 100 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Alexander Romanovsky (Piano)
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; USSR 
Venue:  Svetlanov Hall, Moscow International Per 
Length: 18 Minutes 35 Secs. 
14. Concerto for Alto Saxophone in E flat major, Op. 109 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Marc Chisson ()
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USSR 
Venue:  Svetlanov Hall, Moscow International Per 
Length: 12 Minutes 29 Secs. 
15. Concerto for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 92 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Alexander Romanovsky (Piano)
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910-1911; Russia 
Venue:  Svetlanov Hall, Moscow International Per 
Length: 28 Minutes 15 Secs. 
16. Rêverie for Horn and Piano, Op. 24 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Alexey Serov (French Horn)
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
Venue:  Svetlanov Hall, Moscow International Per 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
17. Concerto ballata for Cello and Orchestra in C major, Op. 108 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Wenn-Sinn Yang (Cello)
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1931; USSR 
Venue:  Svetlanov Hall, Moscow International Per 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
18. Meditation for Violin and Piano in D major, Op. 32 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Russia 
Venue:  Svetlanov Hall, Moscow International Per 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
19. Symphony no 3 in D major, Op. 33 by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 33 Minutes 37 Secs. 
20. Chant du ménestrel for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 71 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Wenn-Sinn Yang (Cello)
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Russia 
Venue:  Svetlanov Hall, Moscow International Per 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 

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