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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Anissimov also handles the symphony admirably and, with the Moscow players responding persuasively, the performance is a great success. However, The Forest is an over-extended pantheistic tone-poem with an ingenuous programme. The performance is sympathetic, the recording very good, but Anissimov fails to persuade us that this piece is not too long for its material. Yet the work is rarely if ever performed, and the fine account of the symphony is worth its modest Naxos price.

Stephen J. Haller
American Record Guide, August 2000

"With 6 Anissimov is back in peak form and certainly beats out the other Russian contenders for the title...Anissimov and his Moscow players give an excellent account of themselves, and the engineers have obliged with truly room-filling volume, taking care to bring out the deep bass and rich, dark coloring so important for a full appreciation of the score. There's nothing subtle about the playing — especially the trenchant low brass — but then save for the central sections there's not much that's subtle about the music either, and Anissimov's exuberant embrace of the outer movements is immensely satisfying.

"But the real reason to buy this may be Anissimov's splendid account of the fantasy The Forest, composed together with The Sea and The Kremlin over the space of three years while Glazounov was in his 20s. Tremolos in the strings set the scene, perhaps an idyllic evening in the forest before the hunters pass through loudly and it takes some time before the tranquil mood of the woods at night can settle down again. ...Those still trying to find a really good Forest on CD need look no further."

Andrew Clarke
, August 2000

"This disc demonstrates the very best of Glazunov's output. The symphony is dramatically romantic, with huge tunes and top-drawer orchestration. The accompanying tone poem, no less effectively scored, betrays his tendency to overplay a shallow idea. Alexander Anissimov draws direct performances from his Moscow forces..."

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