Notes and Editorial Reviews
Russian composer, teacher, and conductor Alexander Glazunov is best known as a teacher and mentor of Dmitri Shostakovich. He served as director of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory between 1905 and 1928, and was also important in the reorganization of the institute into the Petrograd Conservatory following the Bolshevik Revolution. His Symphonies 2 and 3 are featured on this historic album, as well as his Violin Concerto and his symphonic poem Stenka Razin. These pieces were recorded between 1954 and 1966, and feature the very best musicians of that time, including the USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse romande, violinist Nathan Milstein, and The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.