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Glazunov: From The Middle Ages, Etc; Lyadov / Järvi


Release Date: 04/15/1992 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 8804   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander GlazunovAnatole Liadov
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Having recorded the symphonies for Orfeo, Järvi now turns to Glazunov's orchestral music for Chandos and once again his approach is warm and cultivated. The recording, made in the Caird Hall, Dundee, is full and resonant in the Chandos manner, and makes the scoring sound fairly thick, especially in the suite From the middle ages. This is in four programmatic movements. The first has a highly romantic scenario of lovers embracing ecstatically within a castle, while outside the pounding sea is the symbol of their passion. But eroticism is not Glazunov's strong suit and in fact the "Pas de deux" in the Scênes de ballet has a good deal more romantic abandon and temperament. Then comes a jolly scherzo, a "Troubadour's Read more Serenade" and a vividly expansive finale, with plenty of sonorous brass, evoking "The Crusaders". Järvi treats it all amiably and the SNO are on good form.

The Scenes de ballet are highly characteristic and the best movements—the engaging "Marionettes" and "Scherzino"—are deliciously piquant. But, one would have liked more glitter here: Rozhdestvensky's Olympia version with the USSR Radio Symphony Orchestra has rather greater point and sparkle, and the Melodiya digital sound is less sumptuous, not to disadvantage (OCD 104—coupled with the Sixth Symphony). How ever, Glazunov fans will still find this Chandos collection enjoyable in an undemanding way, and it is made the more enticing by the inclusion of Liadov's exquisitely scored Musical snuffbox, which is presented with appropriate delicacy, an enchanting trifle.

-- Gramophone [10/1990]
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Works on This Recording

1. Suite for Orchestra in E major, Op. 79 "From the middle ages" by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Russia 
2. Scènes de ballet, Op. 52 by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Russia 
3. Musical snuffbox, Op. 32 by Anatole Liadov
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1893; Russia 

Sound Samples

From the Middle Ages, Op. 79: I. Prelude
From the Middle Ages, Op. 79: II. Scherzo
From the Middle Ages, Op. 79: III. The Troubador's Serenade
From the Middle Ages, Op. 79: IV. Finale: The Crusaders
Muzikal'naya tabakerka (A Musical Snuffbox), Op. 32 (arr. for orchestra)
Scenes de ballet, Op. 52: I. Preambule
Scenes de ballet, Op. 52: II. Marionettes
Scenes de ballet, Op. 52: III. Mazurka
Scenes de ballet, Op. 52: IV. Scherzino
Scenes de ballet, Op. 52: V. Pas d'Action
Scenes de ballet, Op. 52: VI. Danse Orientale
Scenes de ballet, Op. 52: VII. Valse
Scenes de ballet, Op. 52: VIII. Polonaise

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