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Glazunov: Complete Solo Piano Music Vol 4 / Stephen Coombs


Release Date: 09/12/2006 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55224   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander GlazunovTraditional
Performer:  Stephen Coombs
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The fugue at the heart of the Second Sonata's finale does give us an extra taste of his contrapuntal genius, and it's all the more welcome in a sea of romantic rodomontade. That, though, is clearly what Glazunov felt the piano sonata was all about — the B flat minor Sonata in Vol. 1 tells a similarly overwrought tale — and he does it with style: the E major transformation of the scherzo theme towards the end of this exhaustingly busy Second Sonata is a fine stroke. As for the scherzo itself, its quicksilver, almost incessant semiquaver patter, surely quoting the laughter of Wagner's Gotterdammerung Rhinemaidens at one transitional point, deserves the transcendental technique of Kissin or Pletnev — which is not to deny that Coombs Read more handles its demands very well indeed.

The rest of Vol. 4 either ties up loose ends, following Glazunov along the road of whimsical, radiant Chopin stylization, or throws in some enjoyable novelties. Coombs's orchestral thunder comes in useful for the weighty transcription of a Triumphal March for the Chicago Columbian Exposition; when the Hoist Singers enter with their "Slava, Columbus's, it's probably just as well that the recording presents them as a solid backdrop to the busy piano part, not a wall in front of it. Glazunov's handling of John Brown's Body here shows a surprising wit and spirit, and the serious transcription of the Song of the Volga Boatmen that follows, with its shades of Mussorgsky's "Bydlo", makes a surprising contrast — one of many in a series that will surely raise this composer's status immeasurably."

-- D.N., Gramophone [11/1996] Reviewing original Hyperion release
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Works on This Recording

1.
Prelude and Mazurkas (2) for Piano, Op. 25 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Stephen Coombs (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
2.
Impromptus (2) for Piano, Op. 54 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Stephen Coombs (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Russia 
3.
Barcarolle sur les touches noirs by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Stephen Coombs (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
4.
Idylle, Op. 103 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Stephen Coombs (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Russia 
5.
Triumphal March in E flat major, Op. 40 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Stephen Coombs (Piano)
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
6.
Song of the Volga boatmen by Traditional
Performer:  Stephen Coombs (Piano)
Written: Russia 
Notes: Transcribed: Alexander Glazunov 
7.
Quartet for Brass "In modo religioso", Op. 38 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Stephen Coombs (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
8.
Characteristic Dance, Op. 68 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Stephen Coombs (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Russia 
9.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in E major, Op. 75 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Stephen Coombs (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Russia 

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