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.
“... 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
“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