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Ilya Kaler - Glazunov, Dvořák: Violin Concertos (1994)

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Ilya Kaler - Glazunov, Dvořák: Violin Concertos (1994)

Ilya Kaler - Glazunov, Dvořák: Violin Concertos (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 303 Mb | Total time: 62:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.550758 | Recorded: 1994

Kaler's playing of these Romantic sweetly-tuned works is excellent.

Alec Frank-Gemmill & Alasdair Beatson - A Noble and Melancholy Instrument (2017)

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Alec Frank-Gemmill & Alasdair Beatson - A Noble and Melancholy Instrument (2017)

Alec Frank-Gemmill & Alasdair Beatson - A Noble and Melancholy Instrument (2017)
Music for horns and pianos of the 19th century
Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Franz Strauss, Gioacchino Rossini,
Camille Saint-Saëns, Alexander Glazunov, Paul Dukas, Gilbert Vinter

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 234 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 161 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-2228 SACD | Time: 01:05:56

The 19th century saw huge developments in the design of many musical instruments. In some cases changes were adopted more or less universally: the fortepiano that Mozart knew, a five-octave instrument constructed entirely of wood, had by around 1900 grown into the modern grand piano with over seven octaves and a cast-iron frame. With other instruments, progress was less streamlined. As late as 1865, the natural, valveless horn of Beethoven's time remained the instrument of choice for Brahms when he wrote his famous Horn Trio, and when valves began to be introduced, makers and musicians in Germany, France and Vienna favoured different solutions, offering different results in terms of sound and requiring different playing techniques. The present disc is a unique combination of recital and history lesson, with a young British team performing music from between 1800 and 1942 on no less than eight different historic instruments: four horns and four pianos.

Gennady Rozhdestvensky, USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra - Glazunov: Symphony No. 6, Scenes de Ballet op. 52 (1987)

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Gennady Rozhdestvensky, USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra - Glazunov: Symphony No. 6, Scenes de Ballet op. 52 (1987)

Gennady Rozhdestvensky, USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra - Alexander Glazunov: Symphony No. 6, Scenes de Ballet op. 52 (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 322 Mb | Total time: 68:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Melodia | # MEL 46005-2 | Recorded: 1987

While the Symphony No. 6 in C minor, Op. 58, of 1896 by Alexander Glazunov is not the most personally characteristic of his eight completed symphonies – the optimistic Third or the Olympian Fifth are more typical of his confident symphonic aesthetic – it is arguably the most typically Russian of his symphonies. Part of the reason for this is the scoring – violins in octaves above massed brass at its climaxes à la Tchaikovsky and gorgeously colorful woodwind writing in its central movements – part of it is the themes – ardent and powerful with a yearning quality characteristic of fin de siècle Russian symphonies – but most of it is the furious tone of the opening movement.

Gennady Rozhdestvensky, USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra - Alexander Glazunov: Symphony No. 3 (1987)

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Gennady Rozhdestvensky, USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra - Alexander Glazunov: Symphony No. 3 (1987)

Gennady Rozhdestvensky, USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra - Alexander Glazunov: Symphony No. 3; Lyric Poem (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 291 Mb | Total time: 65:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Melodia | # MEL 46008-2 | Recorded: 1987

Alexander Glazunov composed his Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 33, in 1890. The symphony is dedicated to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and was first performed in St. Petersburg in December 1890 under the baton of Anatoly Lyadov. The symphony is considered a transitional work, with Glazunov largely eschewing the influences of Balakirev, Borodin, and Rimsky-Korsakov inherent in his earlier symphonies for the newer influences of Tchaikovsky and Wagner. Because of this change, the Third has been called the "anti-kuchkist" symphony in Glazunov's output (kuchkist kuchka, the shortened Russian name for the nationalist music group The Five"). He would tone down these new influences in his subsequent symphonies as he strove for an eclectic mature style.

Neeme Järvi, Scottish National Orchestra - Glazunov: From the Middle Ages, Scenes de Ballet; Lyadov: Musical Snuffbox (1990)

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Neeme Järvi, Scottish National Orchestra - Glazunov: From the Middle Ages, Scenes de Ballet; Lyadov: Musical Snuffbox (1990)

Neeme Järvi, Scottish National Orchestra - Glazunov: From the Middle Ages, Scenes de Ballet; Lyadov: Musical Snuffbox (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 267 Mb | Total time: 53:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 8804 | Recorded: 1989

While the Middle Ages Suite is interesting, the real gem on this disk is the Scenes de Ballet. In this score, Glazunov matches the pinnacle of ballet music writing that he reached in his ballet The Seasons. Many listeners will recognize some of the numbers in this piece, because they tend to crop up in various "new" ballet productions that are patched together by choreographers such as Peter Maartens and Mikhail Baryshnikov – plus their occasional inclusion in the figure-skating routines presented by those great Russian and Ukrainian skaters every time the Winter Olympics comes around.

Vladimir Fedoseyev, USSR RTV Symphony Orchestra - Alexander Glazunov: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 (1994)

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Vladimir Fedoseyev, USSR RTV Symphony Orchestra - Alexander Glazunov: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 (1994)

Vladimir Fedoseyev, USSR RTV Symphony Orchestra - Alexander Glazunov: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 345 Mb | Total time: 76:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Melodia | # MEL 46047-2 | Recorded: 1981

Alexander Glazunov was one of the most important Russian romantic composers, but didn’t belong to the “Mighty Handful” or “The Five”, whose strongly nationalistic tendencies he respected, but did not embrace. Glazunov’s music is of “western” charm, lyricism and inner passion. His symphonies, still somewhat neglected in favour of those of his compatriot Tchaikovsky, are brilliantly orchestrated and full of sweeping romantic grandeur, a true discovery for those not acquainted with these Russian master pieces!

Great Conductors Of The 20th Century, Volume 8: Nikolai Golovanov (2002) 2CDs

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Great Conductors Of The 20th Century, Volume 8: Nikolai Golovanov (2002) 2CDs

Great Conductors Of The 20th Century, Volume 8: Nikolai Golovanov (2002) 2CDs
Alexander Glazunov - Felix Mendelssohn - P.I. Tchaikovsky - Franz Liszt

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 568 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 363 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 7243 5 75112 2 3 | Time: 02:27:55

It goes without saying that recording has transformed music from an evanescent art to one which can be readily preserved for the study and enjoyment of future generations. the EMI Great Conductors Edition - Nikolai Golovanov Among its services is the perpetuation of the art of musicians who were barely known in their time outside their own immediate spheres of influence. Golovanov surely was among these. Although he was the dominant force in Russian opera for nearly thirty years, he was summarily purged in 1952 (literally refused admission to his opera house one morning), died the following year and was conveniently forgotten as a political imperative of Soviet rewriting of Russian cultural history. Only recently have his records resurfaced to reveal an extraordinary outsized personality, a visionary galaxies apart from the polished discipline of Mravinsky and others who better towed the party line, both politically and aesthetically, and whose art has been touted as representing the Soviet ideal. Over half this set is devoted to five Liszt tone poems from Golovanov's pioneering set.

Oscar Shumsky, RSNO, Neeme Jarvi - Alexander Glazunov: The Seasons, Op. 67; Violin Concerto, Op. 82 (1988) [Re-Up]

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Oscar Shumsky, RSNO, Neeme Jarvi - Alexander Glazunov: The Seasons, Op. 67; Violin Concerto, Op. 82 (1988) [Re-Up]

Alexander Glazunov: The Seasons, Op. 67; Violin Concerto, Op. 82 (1988)
Oscar Shumsky, violin; Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by Neeme Järvi

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 254 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 135 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 8596 | Time: 00:56:32

There are many different musical "Seasons" aside from Vivaldi's, and next to Haydn's oratorio of the same name, this is probably the most famous example. The complete ballet is of modest length–only 40 minutes or so–and the autumn "Bacchanal" contains what is probably the catchiest tune that Glazunov ever wrote. You'll probably think that you've heard it before, but can't quite figure out where. Neeme Jarvi is always at his best in big, splashy Romantic pieces, and this performance is no exception. He whips the orchestra up to a fine frenzy where necessary, and given Chandos's fine sound and a sensible coupling, you're in for some good listening.

Leningrad PO, Yevgeny Mravinsky - Alexander Glazunov: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5; The Seasons, Op. 67 (2016)

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Leningrad PO, Yevgeny Mravinsky - Alexander Glazunov: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5; The Seasons, Op. 67 (2016)

Alexander Glazunov: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5; The Seasons, Op. 67 (2016)
Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Yevgeny Mravinsky

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 408 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 198 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Praga Digitals | # PRD/DSD 350129 | Time: 01:19:23

A tribute to Alexander Glazunov who turned post-Tchaikovsky Russian musicians into true professionals. He was a composer emeritus and helped raise the profile of classical symphonies and ballet music before and after the Mighty Handful. Mvravinsky insisted on performing pieces by this incredibly selfless pedagogue which slip into the category of Romanticism, although he preferred the ‘banned’ compositions of his students such as the obstreperous young Stravinsky or the insufferably pretentious Prokofiev.

Andreas Brantelid, Bengt Forsberg - Russian Tales: Myaskovsky, Glazunov (2020)

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Andreas Brantelid, Bengt Forsberg - Russian Tales: Myaskovsky, Glazunov (2020)

Andreas Brantelid, Bengt Forsberg - Russian Tales: Myaskovsky, Glazunov (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 242 Mb | Total time: 54:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.573985 | Recorded: 2019

Nikolay Myaskovsky was one of the most prolific and influential composers in 20th-Century Russian musical life. These two works come from the beginning and end of his distinguished career: the warmly expressive First Cello Sonata recalling the style of Rachmaninov, and the equally romantic Second Cello Sonata revealing the subtle influence of folk music typical of Myaskovsky's later years. Alexander Glazunov both absorbed and continued the great Romantic lineage with his poignant Chant du Ménestrel and the Iberian evocations for the Sérénade espagnole from Two Pieces.

Nicola Benedetti, Bournemouth SO, Kirill Karabits - Dmitri Shostakovich, Alexander Glazunov: Violin Concertos (2016)

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Nicola Benedetti, Bournemouth SO, Kirill Karabits - Dmitri Shostakovich, Alexander Glazunov: Violin Concertos (2016)

Dmitri Shostakovich, Alexander Glazunov: Violin Concertos (2016)
Nicola Benedetti, violin; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Kirill Karabits, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 281 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 8758 | Time: 00:59:03

This has the look of a career-making recording from Scots violinist Nicola Benedetti, putting her up against difficult repertory that diverges from the crowd-pleasing fare that formed the basis of her career up to this album. It would have been hard to predict just how well she pulls off her task here; few could have heard the profound interpreter of Russian music in the Italia and Silver Violin collections from earlier in the 2010s. The Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 99, is an emotionally thorny work in five movements anchored by a tense passacaglia in the middle. The composer withheld it from publication during the period of renewed Stalinist repression in the late 1940s. It was premiered in 1955 by David Oistrakh, and in endurance and elevated tone even if not quite in lyrical grandeur, Benedetti brings that master to mind. Sample the Stravinskian "Burlesque" finale for a sense of how Benedetti gets outside herself here. The Glazunov Violin Concerto, Op. 82, is a more stable work, rooted in pre-WWI conservatory traditions, and Benedetti's reading is nothing short of letter-perfect.

Li-Wei Qin, Michael Halász, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice - Russian Cello Concertos (2019)

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Li-Wei Qin, Michael Halász, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice - Russian Cello Concertos (2019)

Li-Wei Qin, Michael Halász, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice - Russian Cello Concertos: Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 299 Mb | Total time: 70:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | 8.573860 | Recorded: 2017

Russian composers have made a significant contribution to the repertoire of music for cello and orchestra. Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, deftly scored for an 18th-century orchestra, reveals his admiration for Mozart whereas the Pezzo capriccioso is full of ripe charm. in the year of Tchaikovsky’s death, Rimsky-Korsakov composed the attractive Serenade, Op. 37 and his student, Glazunov, both absorbed and continued the great Romantic lineage with his own sonorous and beautiful Concerto ballata, the poignant Chant du ménestrel, and the iberian evocations of the Sérénade espagnole from Deux Morceaux.

Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Horst Stein, Josef Sivo - Glière: Coloraturo Concerto; Glazunov: Violin Concerto (1990)

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Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Horst Stein, Josef Sivo - Glière: Coloraturo Concerto; Glazunov: Violin Concerto (1990)

Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Osian Ellis, Horst Stein, Josef Sivo - Glière: Coloraturo Concerto, Harp Concerto; Glazunov: Violin Concerto (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 293 Mb | Total time: 62:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 430 006-2 | Recorded: 1968, 1971

Of the rarities presented in this unusual Russian music collection, the most tantalizing is Gliére’s Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra. Judging by the slight surface noise, it sounds as if this transfer could have been made from an LP. No matter, the sound is fine, and Joan Sutherland sings radiantly, pouring out beguiling tone throughout her range, while her trademark trills are put to good use by Gliére’s vocal writing, which isn’t particularly original, especially considering it was composed in 1943. The same can be said for Gliére’s 1938 Harp Concerto: beguiling solo writing set against standard-fare 19th-century orchestral accompaniment.