, February 2001
"This disc opens with the seldom-heard Variations on a Russian Theme that five composers wrote to honor the conductor Nikolai Galkin. It is an attractive theme that is wittily scored by the five. Only Sokolov took the task seriously, but all five provided a rousing work.
"Glazunov's two piano concertos retain a rather weak hold in the recorded repertoire, with three or four recordings each. Both are Romantic, rather lush, and need a strong pianist to make them memorable. I am always reminded of the wretched-sounding performance that Richter recorded nearly 50 years ago, which still remains as my choice for the first concerto. His flamboyance really makes it sound like a first-class work. The modern recording with the mother-son team of Yablonskaya-Yablonsky comes very close to Richter in most respects. There is fire and passion in Yablonskya's playing, which helps to carry both scores, while Yablonsky provides full0blooded orchestral support.
"The recorded sound is very fine, as re the notes. Naxos's bargain price is just an added incentive to buy this well-filled disc."