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Born 150 years ago, on 10 August 1865, the Russian composer Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov enjoyed a remarkably successful career, becoming Director of the St Petersburg Conservatory in 1905 (in the aftermath of that year's political disturbances) and retaining the position for the next 25 years. Although his music was considered bourgeois by the Soviet authorities for some considerable time, recent critics have taken a more balanced view of his music. Due respect is now paid both to his success in bringing about a synthesis of Russian and Western European music and in developing a system of professional training for musicians.

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of his birth, we hope you will enjoy listening to the following samples from his output.

Click here to view Alexander Glazunov's biography and discography.


Concertos


8.550758
Violin Concerto in A minor

“Ilya Kaler has great romantic warmth and natural Slavonic feeling .... In short this is first class in every way.”
Penguin Guide

  Listen to an extract from the Violin Concerto: Moderato

8.553928
Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2

“... the mother-son team of Yablonskaya-Yablonsky comes very close to Richter in most respects. There is fire and passion in Yablonskya's playing ... while Yablonsky provides full-blooded orchestral support.”
Fanfare

  Listen to an extract from Piano Concerto No. 1:
I. Allegro moderato

8.557063
Saxophone Concerto Op. 109

“Excellent performances here from the Philharmonia under Martyn Brabbins and a soloist of considerable presence.”
MusicWeb International

  Listen to an extract from the Concerto in E flat major for Alto Saxophone and Strings




Orchestral works


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Symphonies Nos. 3 and 9

“Another sublime volume in the complete orchestral works of Glazunov. In Symphonies 3 and 9, two vastly different scores, Anissimov manages each time to create a bewitching sonic atmosphere.”
Repertoire

  Listen to an extract from Symphony No. 3 in D major:
II. Scherzo

8.553512
The Sea / Oriental Rhapsody / Ballade / Cortège solennel

“... you'll find nearly fifty minutes of first-rate Glazunov here...”
ClassicsToday.com

  Listen to an extract from
The Sea

8.570211
Masquerade / 2 Pieces / Pas de caractère / Romantic Intermezzo

“Appealing yet very rare music performed with great aplomb.”
MusicWeb International

  Listen to an extract from Masquerade:
Act I: Pantomime 4




Ballet


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Les Ruses d'amour

“Glazunov’s ballet Les Ruses d’amour may not be particularly well-known but it’s full of cracking tunes—as this new disc proves.”
Classic FM

  Listen to an extract from Les Ruses d'amour:
Grand pas des fiancés

8.553503-04
Raymonda

“Anissimov positively luxuriates in this music … in terms of both sound and performance this is the Raymonda to have.”
American Record Guide

  Listen to an extract from Raymonda:
Act II. Bacchanale

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The Seasons

“[The Seasons] is very enjoyable indeed. The playing has an appealing delicacy and the recording brings an attractive transparency of texture, and a pleasing ambience.”
CD Review

  Listen to an extract from The Seasons:
Winter: Snow




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