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Glazunov: Symphony No 3, Ballade / Otaka, Bbc Wales Nso


Release Date: 01/28/2003 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1358   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  Tadaaki Otaka
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Tadaaki Otaka follows up his fine Glazunov Second with this excellent performance of Symphony No. 3. Many of the earlier recording's virtues are present here: vibrant conducting supported by lively, clear-textured, and radiantly colored orchestral execution by the BBC orchestra. The strongly projected brass playing, while not matching the ferocity of Russian orchestras, gives the music dramatic punch (precisely the elements that were conspicuously absent from Polyansky's recent Chandos version). Otaka takes special delight in Glazunov's rich-colored orchestration. Listen to the shimmering strings in the opening of the first movement, or to the scherzo's bright woodwind timbre. Otaka also effectively communicates the music's varied emotions, Read more particularly the tranquil beauty of the Wagnerian slow movement and the finale's joyous affirmation.


The disc opens with Glazunov's Ballade, a harmonically vivid mood painting that anticipates Scriabin's early symphonic slow movements. BIS's recording gives impressive depth, impact, and clarity to the orchestra.
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 3 in D major, Op. 33 by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  Tadaaki Otaka
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
Length: 49 Minutes 50 Secs. 
2.
Ballade for Orchestra in F major, Op. 78 by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  Tadaaki Otaka
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Russia 
Length: 9 Minutes 35 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Ballade in F major, Op. 78
Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 33: I. Allegro
Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 33: II. Scherzo. Vivace
Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 33: III. Andante
Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 33: IV. Finale. Allegro moderato

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