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Penguin Guide, January 2009

These are both delightful symphonies, even if the Eight is rather thickly scored. However, Alexander Anissimov does his best to make the textures as clear and well ventilated as possible, and pays great attention to details of dynamics and balance. Try the Scherzo of the Fifth Symphony and you will find much lightness of touch and a greater transparency than is often encountered in records of these works. Strongly recommended, especially at such a model cost.



Sensible Sound, July 2001

"The sound Naxos delivers here is among the best from this source...The disc's low cost makes it easy for anyone to sample Glazunov's talents, the Moscow orchestra under Anissimov makes it easy to listen to, and the music takes care of itself in offering the differing sides of this fascinating composer."



Gerald French
Classical Net, June 2001

"Serviceable recordings and detailed notes added to an evocative front cover make this a very desirable bargain."



Haller
American Record Guide, February 2001

"This well-filled disc concludes the Naxos survey of the symphonies of Alexander Glazounov directed by Alexander Anissimov... there has been much to praise, especially given the low asking price...but the Moscow musicians play with gusto - not to mention formidable lung power from the low brass.

Actually Anissimov is rather expansive in the opening movement as well, yet with a firm pulse and smooth flow that quite elude the other conductors; and the warm, rich sound furnished by the Naxos engineers is a strong point in his favor. Also more than the others he captures beautifully the underlying lyrical element of the music, if perhaps at the cost of a sameness of tempo among the various themes. He certainly has the players on their toes for the delightful Scherzo, with its delicate by-play of winds and glockenspiel...certainly they stand forth with admirable resolve in the glorious finale, which not as manic as it might be but a good, rugged account that perhaps impresses more for its underlying tensile strength and sinew than mere juggernaut power, as well that exhilarating swaying melody in the middle...

Anissimov and the Moscow Symphony really seem to be enjoying themselves, savoring the challenge of bringing everything together. For those willing to accept his rather amiable account of I on its own terms the sumptuous sonics and low cost make this a highly attractive recording..."



Victor Carr
ClassicsToday.com, November 2000

"Alexander Glazunov's brilliantly melodic, brightly colored, vividly orchestrated Fifth fits comfortably within the late-19th-century Russian symphonic style. That Glazunov was a pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov shows in the first movement's similarity of character to that master's ebullient Third Symphony. Surprisingly, Glazunov seems to have picked up a bit of Brahms in the very familiar-sounding (from Brahms Symphony No. 2) main rhythm of the scherzo. A lovely cantabile melody forms the basis of the moving Andante, and the work ends in a traditionally festive Russian finale.

"It's remarkable how little Glazunov's style had changed in the years between 1895 and 1906, especially considering the growth Rachmaninov experienced during this same period (to say nothing of the Modernist Scriabin). Still, the hefty Symphony No. 8 (43 minutes as compared to the Fifth's 35) does have its enjoyable moments, most notably the scherzo, a whirlwind movement with plenty of harmonic twists and turns and dazzling orchestration that points to Stravinsky's Scherzo Fantastique. Grouchy brass pronouncements make the slow movement (Mesto) memorable, and the Finale is one of those time-honored celebrations of harmony and counterpoint brimming with scales, fugues, and other academic devices. There's nothing academic about Alexander Anissimov and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, who play this music as if it might be banned tomorrow. Naxos' sound transmits a large acoustic but contains a noticeable degree of harshness."






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