Le Chant du destin, written in 1907, is dominated by a sombre two-phrase theme which curiously reminds one of Gershwin’s song, ‘Swonderful, only the mood and colouring are utterly different. The music, which is presented eloquently, still has its longueurs. The eight-movement Suite caractérestique, from two decades earlier, is vintage Glazunov, an orchestral transcription of piano pieces. The two Preludes date from 1906 and 1908 respectively; the second (much more extended) opens surprisingly like Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini and this curious leitmotif dominates the early part of the piece. It is well played, as indeed is the Suite. The recording is very good, too. At Naxos price this is worth considering.
"The two Preludes date from 1906 and 1908 respectively. The second... is inscribed 'a la memoire de Rimsky-Korsakov' and is played most impressively, as indeed is the Suite. The recording is very good too. At Naxos's prices this is well worth having."