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Glazunov: Symphonies 4 & 7 / Serebrier, Et Al


Release Date: 09/12/2006 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 63236   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It's a pity that these symphonies--so beautifully made and full of good tunes--don't get more respect. Perhaps they are a bit too good, in the sense of being emotionally tame; but that's not an impression that strikes you so much on listening as is a certain lack of memorability afterward. Anyway, that's a personal issue, and without doubt these are extremely fine performances. José Serebrier never lets the music bog down in Russian heaviness, and so comes close to Järvi's benchmark interpretation on Orfeo. The two scherzos, highpoints of every Glazunov symphony (the Fourth doesn't even have a slow movement), are wonderfully vivacious here--but then Serebrier doesn't put a foot wrong anywhere. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra plays Read more very well, with some of that slight rhythmic imprecision from the strings that seems to come with the territory. Terrific brass, though, and excellent sound, make this easily recommendable.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 4 in E flat major, Op. 48 by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 33 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (02/28/2006 - 03/02/2006) 
2. Symphony no 7 in F major, Op. 77 "Pastorale" by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Russia 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 36 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (02/28/2006 - 03/02/2006) 

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