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Title: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on June 01, 2008, 01:00:51 AM
Any other admirers of Glazunov (1865-1936) other than me and David Mellor?

Often recalled for his (allegedly) drunken conducting of the disastrous premiere of Rachmaninov's First Symphony, Glazunov is, I think, a fine composer. All eight symphonies are available now on a very cheap Brilliant box set (Russian State SO, Polyansky..formerly on Chandos), with the Violin Concerto and other works. Symphony 2, 7 and 8 are my favourites+ the touching fragment of No 9.

Even the opinionated Norman Lebrecht has this to say of Glazunov:

"...a last-ditch saxophone concerto recaptures an effortless melodism that shows its regret for temps perdu in a passing quotation from Tcaikovsky's Pathetique Symphony."

An endearing figure, Glazunov protected his leftist and Jewish students (at the St Petersburg Conservatoire) from Tsarist expulsion, and later on, Shostakovich from communist interference. Lived with his mother but married Olga the housekeeper at 63, and adopted her pianist daughter.

"The Seasons" is one of my favourite works.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Harry on June 01, 2008, 04:40:38 AM
For me all his Symphonies give great pleasure, and so are all the rest of his orchestral works.
Neeme Jarvi on Orfeo is the man, if it comes to his symphonies. I have the Polyanski set on Brilliant, but his tempi's do not make me very happen. he puts little enough effort in achieving all what is in it.
The Naxos issues are for me a complete disaster, sound wise, as performances, ditched that quite early.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on June 01, 2008, 05:33:24 AM
For me all his Symphonies give great pleasure, and so are all the rest of his orchestral works.
Neeme Jarvi on Orfeo is the man, if it comes to his symphonies. I have the Polyanski set on Brilliant, but his tempi's do not make me very happen. he puts little enough effort in achieving all what is in it.
The Naxos issues are for me a complete disaster, sound wise, as performances, ditched that quite early.

Interesting! of course I have the Brilliant and the Naxos series >:( I do, however, have the Orfeo CD with Symphony No 8 etc on and it is very good. I must look out for the others. What about the series on BIS? there were some v good old Olympias.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: SonicMan46 on June 01, 2008, 05:49:03 AM
Well looks like another composer that I've neglected - have just one disc:

Symphony No. 5 et al w/ Jose Serebrier & the Royal Scottish National Orch on Warner Classics - probably bought this a while back from BRO - more offerings by the same conductors/orchestra of other Glazunov Symphonies; likely purchased the disc because of the six 5* reviews on Amazon HERE (http://www.amazon.com/Glazunov-Symphony-No-5-Seasons/dp/B0002VE206/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1212331158&sr=1-1) - will be curious about additional comments on these symphonies series!
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on June 01, 2008, 06:54:28 AM
Well looks like another composer that I've neglected - have just one disc:

Symphony No. 5 et al w/ Jose Serebrier & the Royal Scottish National Orch on Warner Classics - probably bought this a while back from BRO - more offerings by the same conductors/orchestra of other Glazunov Symphonies; likely purchased the disc because of the six 5* reviews on Amazon HERE (http://www.amazon.com/Glazunov-Symphony-No-5-Seasons/dp/B0002VE206/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1212331158&sr=1-1) - will be curious about additional comments on these symphonies series!

Yes, but that is an excellent disc and there is another one now in that series (Symphony No 8?)
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Dundonnell on June 01, 2008, 08:29:09 AM
I first came across Glazunov back in the 1960s when the BBC used the opening of 'Autumn' from the Ballet "The Seasons" as the theme music for a drama series on the old Home Service. I can't remember the series now but the music was so strikingly attractive that I sought it out and eventually discovered that it was the Glazunov.

Glazunov was undoubtedly a talented composer-civilised, cultivated, melodious music, always optimistic and frequently colourful. As a distinguished pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov he was a masterful orchestrator. I have a good deal of his music in my collection-Symphonies Nos.
1, 2, 4, 5, 7 and 8 conducted by Rozhdestvensky in the Olympia series and Nos. 3 and 6 conducted by Yondani Butt on ASV, plus the Piano Concertos on Hyperion, the Violin Concerto with Oscar Shumsky and Neeve Jarvi on Chandos, a considerable number of the shorter orchestral pieces on Chandos and Naxos, and the big choral work 'The King of the Jews' with Rozhdestvensky on Chandos.

Ultimately, however, Glazunov seems to me a slightly disappointing composer. He seems to have run out of inspiration after composing his eight completed symphonies and there is little from him during the last twenty years of his life. The only orchestral pieces of any substance-and both of these are quite short-are the Concerto Ballata for cello and orchestra(1931) and the Saxophone Concerto(1934).
It is true that his teaching and administrative responsibilities at the St.Petersburg/Leningrad Conservatory took up a lot of his time and that his over-reliance on alcohol cannot have helped. His departure from Russia into exile in Paris in 1928 does not seem to have rekindled any great spark of inspiration.

The symphonies are pleasant works but-I find-lack that touch of real distinction which would make them truly memorable. There is a great deal in each of them which can count as noble and distinguished but then they are let down by passages which are facile note-spinning. Too often the finales are overblown and seem not to know when to stop. There is none of the shattering drama or tragic passion of Tchaikovsky.

I know that I am probably being rather unfair to a generous man and a great teacher and that comparing Glazunov to a genius like Tchaikovsky is unjust. I do 'like' Glazunov's music and there are a number of the shorter orchestral pieces where colour and passion are certainly in evidence but I just don't think that, in the last analysis, I could rate him as other than a second division composer.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Harry on June 01, 2008, 08:35:35 AM
Interesting! of course I have the Brilliant and the Naxos series >:( I do, however, have the Orfeo CD with Symphony No 8 etc on and it is very good. I must look out for the others. What about the series on BIS? there were some v good old Olympias.

As you may know, I gave away the box from BIS, thoroughly dissatisfied with the outcome as a whole. I did not find the recordings as good as I use to hear from this source, and orchestra as well as conductor eluded the essence of Glazunov, for me there was not one idiomatic note in it, that I could relate to this composer. I am well aware that the critics liked this set, but for me, again disappointing!
The Olympia recordings are much better, but not as good as I found the Jarvi set to be.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on June 01, 2008, 09:00:17 AM
As you may know, I gave away the box from BIS, thoroughly dissatisfied with the outcome as a whole. I did not find the recordings as good as I use to hear from this source, and orchestra as well as conductor eluded the essence of Glazunov, for me there was not one idiomatic note in it, that I could relate to this composer. I am well aware that the critics liked this set, but for me, again disappointing!
The Olympia recordings are much better, but not as good as I found the Jarvi set to be.

No, I didn't know that. Thanks anyway. I will look out for the Orfeo version of No 2 which is probably my favourite.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Marcel on June 01, 2008, 11:39:33 AM
I like Glazunov. Not heard many of his pieces though. I have Jarvi's set, waiting for listening. I am very satisfied with his Violin concerto (Vengerov, Abbado - BP) - great finale movement (especially orchestration) !
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Brian on June 02, 2008, 01:29:04 PM
My sole Glazunov album is this one:

(http://www.naxosdirect.com/templates/shared/images/titles/largest/747313025671.jpg)

Absolutely stupendous - one of my favorite CDs. The Novelettes are certainly appealing, but the Quintet is wonderful, a youthful and VERY tuneful masterpiece. The Fine Arts Quartet are one of my favorite ensembles; they are the only SQ I can identify listening blindly, too. I have been very, very afraid to buy any more Glazunov CDs, because everybody else seems to think he is mediocre and I am simply terrified of the possibility that hearing more of his stuff will decrease my high esteem for these beautiful works. However, this thread is giving me some ideas of further works to check out, including his Violin Concerto. It seems to me that smaller-scale or maybe just younger Glazunov is better to explore...
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on June 02, 2008, 01:39:02 PM
My sole Glazunov album is this one:

(http://www.naxosdirect.com/templates/shared/images/titles/largest/747313025671.jpg)

Absolutely stupendous - one of my favorite CDs. The Novelettes are certainly appealing, but the Quintet is wonderful, a youthful and VERY tuneful masterpiece. The Fine Arts Quartet are one of my favorite ensembles; they are the only SQ I can identify listening blindly, too. I have been very, very afraid to buy any more Glazunov CDs, because everybody else seems to think he is mediocre and I am simply terrified of the possibility that hearing more of his stuff will decrease my high esteem for these beautiful works. However, this thread is giving me some ideas of further works to check out, including his Violin Concerto. It seems to me that smaller-scale or maybe just younger Glazunov is better to explore...

Thanks v much for this. I don't know this music or CD. Must investigate.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Dundonnell on June 02, 2008, 01:53:02 PM
Any other admirers of Glazunov (1865-1936) other than me and David Mellor?

Often recalled for his (allegedly) drunken conducting of the disastrous premiere of Rachmaninov's First Symphony, Glazunov is, I think, a fine composer. All eight symphonies are available now on a very cheap Brilliant box set (Russian State SO, Polyansky..formerly on Chandos), with the Violin Concerto and other works. Symphony 2, 7 and 8 are my favourites+ the touching fragment of No 9.

Even the opinionated Norman Lebrecht has this to say of Glazunov:

"...a last-ditch saxophone concerto recaptures an effortless melodism that shows its regret for temps perdu in a passing quotation from Tcaikovsky's Pathetique Symphony."

An endearing figure, Glazunov protected his leftist and Jewish students (at the St Petersburg Conservatoire) from Tsarist expulsion, and later on, Shostakovich from communist interference. Lived with his mother but married Olga the housekeeper at 63, and adopted her pianist daughter.

"The Seasons" is one of my favourite works.

I must admit to never having heard the Saxophone Concerto. Any idea what it sounds like?

I am not a great fan of Rachmaninov's later music-too honeyed for my taste-but the 1st Symphony is a masterpiece!  As Robert Simpson said-if Rachmaninov had followed it "with advancing successors, he would have been one of the great symphonists of the first half of the twentieth century".
Glazunov's disastrous premiere of the symphony as conductor did incaculable damage to the young Rachmaninov's confidence and-of course-led to him destroying the score. The symphony was not reconstructed until after his death in 1943. This is the one serious blot on Glazunov's otherwise impeccable record as a supporter of and mentor to his talented students.

I do also think that Rachmaninov's 1st is much superior to any of Glazunov's symphonies!

Sorry, Jeffrey...but we must disagree about something, don't we :) :)
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Greta on June 02, 2008, 04:15:28 PM
Glazunov - a very, very talented composer.

Being a saxophone player, I of course came to know him through the Saxophone Concerto, which is "the" first staple a serious student encounters, it is beautiful, gorgeous music and tremendously fun to play, difficult without being too frustrating to learn and lays well under the hands, full of opportunities to display individual musicianship. His Saxophone Quartet is also superb, from the same period. Very hard!

Otherwise, I love The Seasons, a totally delightful work, and very much enjoy the Violin Concerto.  :D

Dundonnell and others there are many recordings of the Saxophone Concerto, though often a bit hard to find. But you absolutely must hear it!

I uploaded a recording of it, a famous one by the French saxophonist Eugene Rousseau. I apologize in advance for the "dated" sound, and playing though - while phenomenal technically, his tone is the "mid-century French" style, rather fast and wide vibrato.

Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?d0fmudnngjf

I am quite curious what you will think of the piece!! It's extremely romantic and dramatic with a very cool cadenza and dance section. Repetitive at times, and to me sounds a bit dated compared to some of our other concertos of that era (like say, the awesome Ibert Concertino!) But nevertheless a lovely confection. :)

EDIT: To add, I'm not sure "how" it originally happened exactly, but would go as far as to say the Glazunov might be rightfully considered the most famous concerto for our instrument! It is listed on nearly every audition rep sheet I can think of.

He wrote the piece for the great Danish performer/teacher Sigurd Rascher, and then it was championed at the Paris Conservatoire further by Rousseau, so I believe that explains it's rise to popularity . Sadly Glazunov perhaps never lived to see it performed, though, it was one of the last pieces he completed.

Read here: http://www.dornpub.com/SaxjPDF/glazounov.pdf
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: SonicMan46 on June 02, 2008, 05:03:42 PM
Glazunov - a very, very talented composer......................Being a saxophone player.....

Greta - thanks for your delightful & instructive post!  :D

I love the saxophone (mainly have jazz recordings) and would like to explore these Glazunov works - any specific 'modern' recommendations that you can recommend?  TIA -  :)
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Dundonnell on June 02, 2008, 05:20:19 PM
Well, I shall certainly look out the Saxophone Concerto now!

Oddly, apart from the Rousseau version, there are two different versions on the Naxos label!!
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on June 02, 2008, 10:26:48 PM
I must admit to never having heard the Saxophone Concerto. Any idea what it sounds like?

I am not a great fan of Rachmaninov's later music-too honeyed for my taste-but the 1st Symphony is a masterpiece!  As Robert Simpson said-if Rachmaninov had followed it "with advancing successors, he would have been one of the great symphonists of the first half of the twentieth century".
Glazunov's disastrous premiere of the symphony as conductor did incaculable damage to the young Rachmaninov's confidence and-of course-led to him destroying the score. The symphony was not reconstructed until after his death in 1943. This is the one serious blot on Glazunov's otherwise impeccable record as a supporter of and mentor to his talented students.

I do also think that Rachmaninov's 1st is much superior to any of Glazunov's symphonies!

Sorry, Jeffrey...but we must disagree about something, don't we :) :)

Actually Colin, I don't really disagree with you and I've just received the v good value Ashkenazy box set (Decca) of the Rachmaninov Symphonies with "The Bells", "Isle of the Dead" etc. I too agree with Robert Simpson. Rachmaninov's First Symphony is a masterpiece. I love the start of the finale (and am old enough to remember it being used as the music for "This Week" or "Tonight" or some such TV news programme decades ago). The ending, where the whole thing topples finally into the abyss is magnificent. But, I still like Glazunov and I think that there is a very moving poignancy about his Symphony No 8 which, I beleive, lifts it above some of his other symphonies  :)
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Dundonnell on June 03, 2008, 03:25:40 PM
Actually Colin, I don't really disagree with you and I've just received the v good value Ashkenazy box set (Decca) of the Rachmaninov Symphonies with "The Bells", "Isle of the Dead" etc. I too agree with Robert Simpson. Rachmaninov's First Symphony is a masterpiece. I love the start of the finale (and am old enough to remember it being used as the music for "This Week" or "Tonight" or some such TV news programme decades ago). The ending, where the whole thing topples finally into the abyss is magnificent. But, I still like Glazunov and I think that there is a very moving poignancy about his Symphony No 8 which, I beleive, lifts it above some of his other symphonies  :)

Ah well, I tried :) :)

The Ashkenazy performance of Rachmaninov's 1st is superb, isn't it? There is an excellent wikipedia article about the work-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_No._1_%28Rachmaninoff%29

Unfortunately it doesn't help in identifying the TV news programme you(and I) remember!
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on June 04, 2008, 10:07:12 AM
Ah well, I tried :) :)

The Ashkenazy performance of Rachmaninov's 1st is superb, isn't it? There is an excellent wikipedia article about the work-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_No._1_%28Rachmaninoff%29

Unfortunately it doesn't help in identifying the TV news programme you(and I) remember!

The wikipedia article is indeed excellent; thanks very much for the link. I do like the Ashkenazy set; v powerful performances. As to TV programmes from the past, Glazunov's 'Finnish Fantasy' (together with Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony) was used as background music for the Nicola Paget version of Anna Karenina, which must have been televised in the 1970s I guess. Coincidentally, I am currently listening to Constant Lambert's film music for the Vivien Leigh version of Anna Karenina (new Chandos release).
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: SonicMan46 on July 01, 2009, 05:32:11 AM
TTT!  :D  Below is a quoted post that I just left in the listening thread on the Solo Piano Works of this composer performed marvelously by Stephen Coombs!

This has now stimulated my interest in obtaining more of his Symphonies, still just have the one shown a year ago when this thread was active - amazed that there has been NO activity since that time.

So, over the last year, any further comments on the works of Glazunov, any 'new' releases, and recommendations - I'm reviewing the Brilliant release of the orchestral works (shown below) which was discussed in this thread earlier - seems to have 'mixed' comments w/ Harry being of a negative opinion, but the package is 'generous & cheap' - thanks all!  :)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51lt8Cy5RwL._SS500_.jpg)

Glazunov, Alexander (1865-1936) - Solo Piano Music, Vols. 1 & 2 w/ Stephen Coombs - I own little of this composer's music (Piano Concertos w/ Coombs & one symphony); apparently Coombs recorded four volumes of these solo works for keyboard - BRO had just the first two.

The variety of music of these two discs is marvelous & the playing dazzling - listings for all 4 discs & brief comments can be found on the Hyperion Website HERE (http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/al.asp?al=CDH55221) -  :)

(http://giradman.smugmug.com/photos/578407228_Tsddp-M.jpg)  (http://giradman.smugmug.com/photos/578407236_ywqot-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: DFO on July 01, 2009, 07:20:01 AM
I love his chamber and concert music. Have his 7 string quartets, the string quintet, the sax quartet and concerto, the v.c.,the cello and orch.works, and all his short pieces and movements for string quartet.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: eyeresist on July 01, 2009, 06:07:17 PM
Of the symphonies, I have the Svetlanov set on Venezia, plus 5 & 7 by Polyansky, and 3? and 9 on Naxos.
My overall impression of these works is that they are pleasant but forgettable, and often much too long.

I enjoy "Spring" from The Seasons, having frequently heard it at the end of my Khatchaturian/CfP disc. I was also pleasantly surprised by tone poem The Sea, in the Svetlanov set, though I've only heard it once. I think I'm afraid of hearing it again for fear of being disappointed.

So my current judgement regarding Glazunov's orchestral work is that the symphonies should not be given the highest priority.
 
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: SonicMan46 on July 01, 2009, 06:22:09 PM
Of the symphonies, I have the Svetlanov set on Venezia, plus 5 & 7 by Polyansky, and 3? and 9 on Naxos.
My overall impression of these works is that they are pleasant but forgettable, and often much too long.............

Eyeresist - thanks for the comments above; these symphonic works seem to have received 'mixed' reviews as to their quality and also their varied performances by different conductors & bands - but I must say that those 'piano discs' that I posted are absolutely enjoyable - maybe I should explore Glazunov's chamber works next?  But will await other comments - please all continue - thanks!   :D
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: karlhenning on July 06, 2009, 05:01:32 AM
Glazunov's glass of vodka . . . naughty allusion, Jeffrey!  You're making Rakhmaninov weep all over again  ;)
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on July 06, 2009, 05:23:37 AM
Glazunov's glass of vodka . . . naughty allusion, Jeffrey!  You're making Rakhmaninov weep all over again  ;)

But Mussorgsky would have understood Karl! >:D
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: karlhenning on July 06, 2009, 06:06:19 AM
Repin certainly did not go out of way to flatter the subject there, Jeffrey.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on July 06, 2009, 03:16:59 PM
Repin certainly did not go out of way to flatter the subject there, Jeffrey.

True Karl, but it is such a great painting - painted shortly before Mussorgsky drank himself to death.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: karlhenning on July 07, 2009, 02:33:36 AM
True Karl, but it is such a great painting - painted shortly before Mussorgsky drank himself to death.

Oh, it is indeed a great painting for that fact;  there was something of a warts-&-all Zeitgeist (anything that seems new today, is really just recapitulation of the past).  The composer died very shortly after, IIRC . . . surely the hospital didn't allow him to drink any more?
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on July 07, 2009, 06:31:59 AM
Oh, it is indeed a great painting for that fact;  there was something of a warts-&-all Zeitgeist (anything that seems new today, is really just recapitulation of the past).  The composer died very shortly after, IIRC . . . surely the hospital didn't allow him to drink any more?

I think that someone misguidedly gave Mussorgsky some drink or he smuggled it in to the hospital (in much the same way as I smuggle the CDs past my wife ;D) and he died after a final drinking binge.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Mirror Image on June 30, 2010, 06:29:08 PM
Born in 1865 in St. Petersburg, Glazunov was a leading Russian composer of the generation after Tchaikovsky. Doubtless owing to his exceptional mastery of and attentiveness to form, exemplified by his exceptional grasp of counterpoint, he has been described as a Romantic Classicist and therefore compared to Brahms. Furthermore, since he remained faithful to a traditional nineteenth century musical idiom, while some of his contemporaries pursued varieties of Modernism, critics have described Glazunov's music as academic and formal. But Glazunov's oeuvre, which includes a wide range of genres, cannot be easily reduced to mere critical formulas. At heart, Glazunov was a Romantic composer, and the spirit of his music comes to the fore in his Violin Concerto in A Minor, a richly melodic work, in which the expressive potential of the violin is fully realized.

Displaying an immense musical talent as a child, Glazunov started studying with Rimsky-Korsakov at the age of 15. Glazunov's progress was indeed astonishing, for he completed his Symphony No. 1 at 16. In fact, his symphony, premiered by Balakirev in 1882, established, practically overnight, Glazunov's reputation as a great Russian composer. In 1884, the rich merchant and publisher Belyayev took Glazunov to Weimar, where the young composer met Liszt. Although absorbing many musical influences, particularly those of Liszt and Wagner, Glazunov eventually crafted an individual style, composing symphonies, ballets, and concertos for various instruments. Owing to his growing international fame as a symphonist, Glazunov was invited to conduct his works in Paris in 1889; an invitation from London came in 1896. During the 1890s, Glazunov composed some of his most successful works, including the fourth, fifth, and sixth symphonies, and the ballet Raymonda.

In 1899, Glazunov became an instructor in composition and orchestration at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. He resigned his post in the politically turbulent year of 1905, incensed by the government's politically motivated dismissal of Rimsky-Korsakov from his teaching position. However, when things returned to a semblance of normalcy, Glazunov was named head of the Conservatory. While his output may have diminished in terms of sheer quantity after 1905, Glazunov continued composing until the end of his life. After the Revolution of 1917, Glazunov, as director of a major national music school, worked hard, and with varying success, to protect his students from interference by a government which viewed music as an instrument of political propaganda. In addition, he felt isolated in a culture which rejected established musical traditions, and a general feeling of alienation finally prompted him to leave the Soviet Union in 1928.

Glazunov's life in exile, which included an unsuccessful tour of the United States, was difficult but did not suppress his creative energy. He traveled around the world for several years, eventually settling in Paris. Music composed during this period includes the Concerto-Ballata for Cello and Orchestra and the Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Strings, a standard work of the saxophone repertoire. Passionately interested in the distinctive characteristics of the instruments he composed for, Glazunov learned to play a variety of instruments, including, in addition to the obligatory piano, violin, cello, trumpet, trombone, French horn, clarinet, as well as several percussion instruments. Consequently, each of his concertos reflects a deep understanding of the instrument's nature and technical capabilities. Critics have reproached Glazunov for being too Western and insufficiently Russian. True, there are few traces in his music of Russian folk influences. However, while Glazunov's music certainly fits into the cosmopolitan culture of his time, it also embodies the unmistakable emotional and spiritual qualities which the attentive listener will recognize as Russian.

[Article taken from All Music Guide]
 
 
I'm surprised to find that there are no threads about this composer. I love Glazunov and I know a lot of people who loathe him. My opinion is he wrote very lyrically moving music that despite it's conservatism is very beautiful.
 
What do you guys think about this composer? Any works you were especially moved by? Please share your comments.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: springrite on June 30, 2010, 06:33:05 PM
I have never liked Glazulov's symphonies and other orchestral works. But I love his piano works, especially the solo works. The Hyperion set is wonderful.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Mirror Image on June 30, 2010, 06:41:11 PM
I have never liked Glazulov's symphonies and other orchestral works. But I love his piano works, especially the solo works. The Hyperion set is wonderful.

I would be interested to know what you have heard of his orchestral music. I'm not a big fan of his symphonies either, but then again they're better than many other composer's symphonies. His ballets "Raymonda" and "The Seasons" are very beautiful. He was also a great orchestrator, but then again he learned from one of the best: Rimsky-Korsakov.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: springrite on June 30, 2010, 07:07:52 PM
I would be interested to know what you have heard of his orchestral music. I'm not a big fan of his symphonies either, but then again they're better than many other composer's symphonies. His ballets "Raymonda" and "The Seasons" are very beautiful. He was also a great orchestrator, but then again he learned from one of the best: Rimsky-Korsakov.

I have heard all the symphonies, the ballets you mentioned, the concerti (which are very good) and a few other odd ones. Actually I have many most of these works in my collection. But I guess orchestral works between Beethoven and Mahler (save some Berlioz, Franck...) are not my favorite to begin with. So I guess Galzunov's music stylistically falls into that catergory. You are right, they are well crafted.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Mirror Image on June 30, 2010, 07:16:15 PM
I have heard all the symphonies, the ballets you mentioned, the concerti (which are very good) and a few other odd ones. Actually I have many most of these works in my collection. But I guess orchestral works between Beethoven and Mahler (save some Berlioz, Franck...) are not my favorite to begin with. So I guess Galzunov's music stylistically falls into that catergory. You are right, they are well crafted.

Yes, they are very well-crafted, but this doesn't mean that much if you think about it. Orchestration is just apart of the composition's presentation. The meat of a compostion are always the melodies, harmonies, rhythms, etc. The most remarkable work I've heard by Glazunov is an orchestral work called "From the Middle Ages." My favorite recording of this work is with Neeme Jarvi and the Scottish National Orch. on Chandos. This recording is out-of-print unfortunately and I'm sure if it's available as a download anywhere, but if you ever have a chance to hear this recording (it's coupled with "Scenes de Ballet" another great work), then don't hesitate to listen to it.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: springrite on June 30, 2010, 07:31:28 PM
Yes, they are very well-crafted, but this doesn't mean that much if you think about it. Orchestration is just apart of the composition's presentation. The meat of a compostion are always the melodies, harmonies, rhythms, etc. The most remarkable work I've heard by Glazunov is an orchestral work called "From the Middle Ages." My favorite recording of this work is with Neeme Jarvi and the Scottish National Orch. on Chandos. This recording is out-of-print unfortunately and I'm sure if it's available as a download anywhere, but if you ever have a chance to hear this recording (it's coupled with "Scenes de Ballet" another great work), then don't hesitate to listen to it.
I do have that work on an LP, which I last listened to in the late 80's! I still have that LP but alas no turntable! I remember liking it quite a bit.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on June 30, 2010, 10:11:59 PM
I like this rather endearing composer - especially symphonies 2, 7, 8 and the fragment of the melancholy No 9, which I'm sorry he never completed. The Seasons is a most inspiriting work, which I was fortunate enough to hear at The Proms about 25  years ago - also the last ditch Saxophone Concerto. IMHO he is a more interesting composer than often given credit for, and evidently a decent and honourable man.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: listener on June 30, 2010, 10:26:57 PM
Don't overlook the Violin Concerto which used to be in the basic repertoire of most soloists.
From the Middle Ages can be found on CD on Naxos 553537 with The Kremlin op.30, Poème lyrique op.12, Poème épique op. posth. -  Moscow S.O.,  Krimets, cond.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on July 01, 2010, 05:04:06 AM
Don't overlook the Violin Concerto which used to be in the basic repertoire of most soloists.
From the Middle Ages can be found on CD on Naxos 553537 with The Kremlin op.30, Poème lyrique op.12, Poème épique op. posth. -  Moscow S.O.,  Krimets, cond.

That Naxos CD is the best in their Glazunov series I think.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Mirror Image on July 01, 2010, 11:57:19 AM
That Naxos CD is the best in their Glazunov series I think.

I really enjoyed the one that "Oriental Rhapsody" as well. That was a fine disc.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Brahmsian on January 12, 2011, 07:41:31 AM
OK - Is there a reason why Glazunov's string quartets aren't recorded, or rarely?  I heard snippets of the #4, Op.64 quartet (Utrecht String Quartet) and thought it was very nice!
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Taneyev on January 12, 2011, 08:01:27 AM
I've the 7 quartets plus quintet plus suite plus elegy for SQ. All on Olympia by the Shostakovich SQ. But probably OOP. (recordings are from the 70s)
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: mc ukrneal on January 12, 2011, 01:38:48 PM
I've the 7 quartets plus quintet plus suite plus elegy for SQ. All on Olympia by the Shostakovich SQ. But probably OOP. (recordings are from the 70s)
There are three volumes on MDG. No idea if they are any good and not familar with the group - Utrecht String Quartet. They are on MDG though, and they are usually pretty good with chamber.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Gurn Blanston on January 12, 2011, 02:18:54 PM
There are three volumes on MDG. No idea if they are any good and not familar with the group - Utrecht String Quartet. They are on MDG though, and they are usually pretty good with chamber.

They ARE good. I have the entire, and am pleased with it. The works themselves may lack the intensity of Bartok or Shostakovitch for example, but they are well composed and on this set well played with good sound. I don't hesitate to recommend them to anyone interested in these works. :)

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Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Taneyev on January 12, 2011, 02:48:07 PM
OK, but if you happen to find the Olympias, take them. The versions are really excellent.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Bulldog on January 12, 2011, 02:52:56 PM
They ARE good. I have the entire, and am pleased with it.
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Same here.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Brewski on January 12, 2011, 03:06:44 PM
I'm reading all this with interest, since I enjoy Glazunov but haven't heard all that much of his output.  In February, however, I'll be hearing Branford Marsalis do the Saxophone Concerto, with Andrey Boreyko and the New York Philharmonic.  (Marsalis is also playing Schulhoff's Hot-Sonate).

--Bruce
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Brian on January 12, 2011, 03:25:31 PM
OK - Is there a reason why Glazunov's string quartets aren't recorded, or rarely?  I heard snippets of the #4, Op.64 quartet (Utrecht String Quartet) and thought it was very nice!

If the quartets are as good as the quintet (two cellos), I'd be interested. The quintet is a lavishly upholstered, wonderfully romantic work where every instrument gets to sing its heart out. There's a great, great tune in the first movement especially. Thanks for pointing the quartets out to me! If the quintet (and novelettes) are any indication, the chamber medium really played to Glazunov's strengths.

Bruce - it's unseemly for this particular thread, but I'm excited on your behalf for the Schulhoff!
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Brewski on January 12, 2011, 03:27:59 PM
Bruce - it's unseemly for this particular thread, but I'm excited on your behalf for the Schulhoff!

Yes, don't want to derail the Glazunov talk, but that's going to be very exciting, too!

--Bruce
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Brahmsian on January 12, 2011, 04:12:04 PM
with Andrey Boreyko and the New York Philharmonic.  (Marsalis is also playing Schulhoff's Hot-Sonate).

--Bruce

Great guy, and great conductor Bruce!  :)
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Brahmsian on January 12, 2011, 04:13:41 PM
If the quartets are as good as the quintet (two cellos), I'd be interested.

Yes, I love the quintet and novelettes also Brian.  The little bits I did hear of the quartet# 4 sounded very Russian.  In other words, my cup of tea indeed.  I'll try and seek out either the Utrecht or Olympia set.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Taneyev on January 12, 2011, 04:16:37 PM
And BTW, don't forget his sax quartet.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Mirror Image on January 12, 2011, 04:26:50 PM
All of sudden there's a flood of interest in Glazunov?  ???  This thread hardly received any posts since June and now it's January. I guess people have finally woken up and recognized his talent for what it was and not for what it should've or could've been.

What I enjoy about Glazunov is he stuck to his own vision and didn't give a damn about what other people thought. Some call him a reactionary, some call him a loathsome, worthless composer, but I say he had more guts than anybody. Not everything he composed was great, but there are many gems in his output to be discovered.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Gurn Blanston on January 12, 2011, 05:11:43 PM
All of sudden there's a flood of interest in Glazunov?  ???  This thread hardly received any posts since June and now it's January. I guess people have finally woken up and recognized his talent for what it was and not for what it should've or could've been.

What I enjoy about Glazunov is he stuck to his own vision and didn't give a damn about what other people thought. Some call him a reactionary, some call him a loathsome, worthless composer, but I say he had more guts than anybody. Not everything he composed was great, but there are many gems in his output to be discovered.

We do this sort of thing on purpose just to keep you off stride... :D  I've always like the violin concerto, I've had one version or another for years. The string quartets were a target of opportunity, glad I got them despite that I wasn't looking for them. Serendipity is an odd thing, yes?   :)

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Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Mirror Image on January 12, 2011, 05:37:04 PM
We do this sort of thing on purpose just to keep you off stride... :D  I've always like the violin concerto, I've had one version or another for years. The string quartets were a target of opportunity, glad I got them despite that I wasn't looking for them. Serendipity is an odd thing, yes?   :)

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Yes, the Violin Concerto is a gorgeous work. For me, I think Glazunov was at his best when he's in a Rimsky-Korsakov like mode. Where he's spouting Russian and Oriental themes from left to right. Like Rimsky, Glazunov was an amazing orchestrator.

Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: SonicMan46 on January 12, 2011, 05:39:30 PM
MI - just wanted to join this thread at the moment - but you may want to change your title relative to the birth date, i.e. 1865! Dave  :D
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Mirror Image on January 12, 2011, 05:48:44 PM
MI - just wanted to join this thread at the moment - but you may want to change your title relative to the birth date, i.e. 1865! Dave  :D

Whoops...thanks for the correction.  :-[
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Gurn Blanston on January 12, 2011, 05:51:37 PM

Yes, the Violin Concerto is a gorgeous work. For me, I think Glazunov was at his best when he's in a Rimsky-Korsakov like mode. Where he's spouting Russian and Oriental themes from left to right. Like Rimsky, Glazunov was an amazing orchestrator.

Yes, agree with that. I prefer that mode with most Russians, if the truth be told. A contemporary in there is Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, who was a master of that oriental/Caucasus theme composing. It holds a far greater attraction for me than any other 'Russian' style. :)

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Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Mirror Image on January 12, 2011, 06:11:05 PM
Yes, agree with that. I prefer that mode with most Russians, if the truth be told. A contemporary in there is Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, who was a master of that oriental/Caucasus theme composing. It holds a far greater attraction for me than any other 'Russian' style. :)

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And let us not forget Lyadov who really worked well in that style.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Gurn Blanston on January 12, 2011, 06:20:34 PM
And let us not forget Lyadov who really worked well in that style.

Well, you will have to remember him without me, since he is new to me. However, he won't be for long. :) I won't derail the thread by asking for recs, but if you find a suitable place elsewhere, I'm interested. :)

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Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Mirror Image on January 12, 2011, 06:35:37 PM
Well, you will have to remember him without me, since he is new to me. However, he won't be for long. :) I won't derail the thread by asking for recs, but if you find a suitable place elsewhere, I'm interested. :)

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Gurn, try this Chandos disc out. You might want to try the audio samples first or go to Naxos Music Library to sample it. I think it's the best recording of Lyadov's various orchestral works (please stay away from the dreadful Naxos recording ---- mediocre performances all around):


 
 
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Gurn Blanston on January 12, 2011, 06:52:03 PM

Gurn, try this Chandos disc out. You might want to try the audio samples first or go to Naxos Music Library to sample it. I think it's the best recording of Lyadov's various orchestral works (please stay away from the dreadful Naxos recording ---- mediocre performances all around):


Thanks, I will. Looks interesting. I may also get that one I was asking about in the 'Considering' thread. Between them they will also give me an intro to Tcherepnin too. :)

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Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Mirror Image on January 12, 2011, 07:00:13 PM
Thanks, I will. Looks interesting. I may also get that one I was asking about in the 'Considering' thread. Between them they will also give me an intro to Tcherepnin too. :)

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Since you enjoy Oriental and Russian folk melodies of Rimsky-Korsakov, Lyadov will be right up your alley. Hope you enjoy that recording.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: madaboutmahler on October 18, 2011, 10:55:10 AM
Really (re)entering a Glazunov phase now! :) I love his music so very much, so adorable, beautifully crafted and enjoyable!
Always loved these works in particular:
Symphony no.4
The Seasons
Concert Waltzes
Violin Concerto
Stenka Razin

Soon shall be exploring his ballet Raymonda :)
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on October 19, 2011, 12:43:36 AM
Really (re)entering a Glazunov phase now! :) I love his music so very much, so adorable, beautifully crafted and enjoyable!
Always loved these works in particular:
Symphony no.4
The Seasons
Concert Waltzes
Violin Concerto
Stenka Razin

Soon shall be exploring his ballet Raymonda :)

I have just discovered 'From the Middle Ages' - a very nice piece and really like 'The Kremlin' - a characteristically soulful work (you can find them on the same Naxos CD below - which is my favourite in the series). Currently my favourite symphonies are 1,2,7 and 8 + the fragment of No 9 and have just purchased 'The King of the Jews' - which is a very melodic and memorable scores. The Seasons is a wonderfully inspiriting score.

Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Willoughby earl of Itacarius on October 19, 2011, 02:00:44 AM
I have just discovered 'From the Middle Ages' - a very nice piece and really like 'The Kremlin' - a characteristically soulful work (you can find them on the same Naxos CD below - which is my favourite in the series). Currently my favourite symphonies are 1,2,7 and 8 + the fragment of No 9 and have just purchased 'The King of the Jews' - which is a very melodic and memorable scores. The Seasons is a wonderfully inspiriting score.



I was really looking forward to the Glazunov series by Naxos, but I thought most of the performances uninspiring, lackluster, and not at all well rehearsed, many sloppy orchestral passages, ignoring score marks, deliberate tempi, wrong headed sostenuto's, extreme and out of proportion crescendi, matter of fact recordings. So in the end I gave up. what I have are the Symphonies performed by Neeme Jarvi on Orfeo, most excellent performances, and some Chandos recordings. Glazunov badly played, give you the false idea, that his music is boring, which it is not. Unfortunately for me, the Naxos recordings are really bad!
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Mirror Image on October 19, 2011, 07:41:15 AM
I have just discovered 'From the Middle Ages' - a very nice piece and really like 'The Kremlin' - a characteristically soulful work (you can find them on the same Naxos CD below - which is my favourite in the series). Currently my favourite symphonies are 1,2,7 and 8 + the fragment of No 9 and have just purchased 'The King of the Jews' - which is a very melodic and memorable scores. The Seasons is a wonderfully inspiriting score.



Like Harry, I wasn't impressed with the Glazunov Naxos series either, my Dad owns them all. Once you hear From the Middle Ages conducted by Jarvi and performed by the Scottish National Orchestra, you will have a completely new appreciation for the work. Here's a recording I highly recommend:

Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Superhorn on October 19, 2011, 07:58:02 AM
   I  enjoy his music ,too.  Not only that, some people have even said I look like him , even if I'm not nearly as portly. 
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Lisztianwagner on October 20, 2011, 08:34:59 AM
Maybe his compositions don't touch my heart as the Tchaikovsky, the Rachmaninov, the Shostakovich or even the Bortkiewicz do, but I really like Glazunov's music anyway, many of his works are very beautiful and enjoyable!
I especially adore symphonies No.4, No.5 & No.6, the Violin Concerto and The Seasons  :)

I don't know if what Shostakovich said was really true, but it would have been very funny to see Glazunov bending down to drink secretly during the lessons ....
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: madaboutmahler on March 30, 2012, 09:49:15 AM
Just thought I would come here and express my love for Glazunov's music again, listening to 'The Seasons' again for the first time in a few months. God, I love this piece so so so so so so much!  :-*

It is always the Ansermet recording I listen to. Probably because it's the only recording I own, ;) . Thinking of buying the Jarvi recording yet. Good choice? :)
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Dundonnell on March 30, 2012, 11:28:33 AM
Although, generally speaking, I can take Glazunov or leave him,  the opening of 'Autumn' from "The Seasons" always makes me smile and bathe in a nostalgic glow ;D
Way back...way, way back, when I was a lad-we are talking early 1960s here-we had no TV in my house so I spent my time listening to the radio. The BBC used the opening of 'Autumn' as the signature music for some drama series or other and I thrilled then at how both exciting and uplifting is that whole opening section.

In exactly the same way I can never hear the terrifying opening pages of Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements without remembering its use for another drama series on BBC Radio :)
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: TheGSMoeller on March 30, 2012, 11:30:24 AM
The title of this thread is very misleading...I'm outta here.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 30, 2012, 11:38:46 AM
I'd rather have enough of dis hooch in a glass, than a disc of Glazenough.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: madaboutmahler on March 30, 2012, 12:23:11 PM
What do you have against Glazunov?! What's not to like? Such lyricism, beauty, excitement and enjoyment in his music!
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 30, 2012, 01:03:42 PM
Oh, just not my thing, Daniel. Put down that hammer
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: madaboutmahler on March 30, 2012, 01:04:31 PM
Oh, just not my thing, Daniel. Put down that hammer

Ok, I understand, Karl. Hammer is down. :)
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Philoctetes on April 26, 2012, 04:00:26 PM
My favorite piece of classical music was written by this man:

http://www.youtube.com/v/MeSvmhWVwxg
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on April 28, 2012, 02:57:10 PM
My favorite piece of classical music was written by this man:

http://www.youtube.com/v/MeSvmhWVwxg

What a lovely, introspective piece - never heard it before.  Many thanks for posting it.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Philoctetes on April 28, 2012, 03:15:44 PM
What a lovely, introspective piece - never heard it before.  Many thanks for posting it.

You're very welcome. There's a video game, with original chamber compositions, called Arcanum which sounds quite similar.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: cilgwyn on April 28, 2012, 04:23:59 PM
I was really looking forward to the Glazunov series by Naxos, but I thought most of the performances uninspiring, lackluster, and not at all well rehearsed, many sloppy orchestral passages, ignoring score marks, deliberate tempi, wrong headed sostenuto's, extreme and out of proportion crescendi, matter of fact recordings. So in the end I gave up. what I have are the Symphonies performed by Neeme Jarvi on Orfeo, most excellent performances, and some Chandos recordings. Glazunov badly played, give you the false idea, that his music is boring, which it is not. Unfortunately for me, the Naxos recordings are really bad!
I have to say,I totally agree. Absolutely awful. The two,I own,are heading off to the charity shop! I remember the first time I heard any Glazunov symphonies were on old MK Lp's. My grandmothers record collection. I don't know who the performers were,but they were of soviet origin,the sound was nothing to write home about & the records were thick old vinyl,probably 60's,or even late 50's (anyone know?). Maybe not the greatest recordings,but they knocked spots of the Naxos efforts!
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: mszczuj on July 22, 2012, 12:00:14 AM
Do you have any information about recorded versions of the 1st symphony?

I have got only Svetlanov on Melodiya and there is nothing about it in the booklet.

The symphony was written in 1881-1882, the first revision was made in 1885, the second in 1929.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on July 22, 2012, 01:36:06 AM
Do you have any information about recorded versions of the 1st symphony?

I have got only Svetlanov on Melodiya and there is nothing about it in the booklet.

The symphony was written in 1881-1882, the first revision was made in 1885, the second in 1929.

I have several versions of it and think that Svetlanov's is the best, coupled with 'The Kremlin' a work I especially like too.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: mszczuj on July 22, 2012, 04:00:34 AM
Yes, but I tried to ask about versions of scores used in particular recordings. I have found somewhere in Internet information that Fedoseyev used the 1929 revision, and that Serebier used one of the revised versions, but I don't know whichg one.

Or may be someone knows anything about differences between original and revisions?
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on July 22, 2012, 06:14:05 AM
Yes, but I tried to ask about versions of scores used in particular recordings. I have found somewhere in Internet information that Fedoseyev used the 1929 revision, and that Serebier used one of the revised versions, but I don't know whichg one.

Or may be someone knows anything about differences between original and revisions?

Oh sorry - I misunderstood. Not too sure about different editions. I do know that Miaskovsky quotes from it in his 17th Symphony!
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: carlos on July 22, 2012, 07:29:10 AM
And what about his chamber? 7 string quartets, a string quintet, the saxos quartet, several short movements for the Belaieff's gifts collective works, the suite for string quartet... :)
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: pencils on August 19, 2013, 11:44:24 PM
Prodding this thread, because I have just pulled out my 17 Naxos discs this morning. Like some of the previous posters in this (now rather quiet) thread, I have a real love for Glazunov. I appreciate that for many, he falls short of Tchaikovsky and others of his ilk, but I enjoy his simple, Romantic, lyrical beauty. All his works are melodic, engaging and draw me into his sound world very quickly.

Naxos recordings? I can live with them, because they were my first introduction to this wonderful composer. I have some of the Chandos set, but probably because the Naxos were my introduction to Glazunov, I am happy to return  to their easy familiarity. I may need to poke some new recordings, also.

Favourite works, from memory? Symphonies 2, 3, 4, 8 along with Raymonda and The Seasons. Oh, and of course the VC and the String Quintet. And Stenka Razin. And From The Middle Ages.

And the other stuff too  :D

I look forward to reqacquainting myself with his output, after a good four years without him.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on August 20, 2013, 01:08:33 AM
I recently listened to the Third Symphony on an ASV recording which I liked very much.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: pencils on August 20, 2013, 04:39:36 AM
I recently listened to the Third Symphony on an ASV recording which I liked very much.

I was listening to the Naxos 3 while driving to work this morning. At least 50 minutes of the journey was bearable as a result.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on August 20, 2013, 05:19:51 AM
I was listening to the Naxos 3 while driving to work this morning. At least 50 minutes of the journey was bearable as a result.

The opening movement is especially strong. The coupling is Stenka Razin - so it makes about an hour of my drive to work bearable!
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: madaboutmahler on September 22, 2013, 12:33:37 PM
Does everyone here know the 2nd piano concerto? I have been listening to it so much recently, and absolutely adore it, I really do. Such a gorgeous, lyrical, charming piece. Really connect to it! :)

Going to make a real effort to hear the rest of the symphonies, as I only know 4 and 5. (Love both very much!)
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: ChamberNut on September 22, 2013, 12:46:30 PM
Does everyone here know the 2nd piano concerto? I have been listening to it so much recently, and absolutely adore it, I really do. Such a gorgeous, lyrical, charming piece. Really connect to it! :)

Going to make a real effort to hear the rest of the symphonies, as I only know 4 and 5. (Love both very much!)

I will listen to it again, Daniel.  I've only had 'first listens' to all the symphonies and concertos.  I remember enjoying pretty much everything, on first listen.

I listened to the Serebrier/RSNO/RNO set of symphonies and concertos.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: kyjo on September 22, 2013, 02:21:05 PM
Hey, what do y'all think of Glazunov's Symphony no. 8? :D I think it is a unique work in Glazunov's output. It is his most troubled and introverted work, for sure. For some reason, many passages in this work remind me of Elgar 2 in their nobility and inner turmoil and sadness. The slow movement, appropriately marked Mesto, is an especially poignant utterance which makes it into my top 10 slow movements. In many ways, this work points the way forward to Miaskovsky's later symphonies.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Lisztianwagner on September 22, 2013, 02:21:24 PM
Does everyone here know the 2nd piano concerto? I have been listening to it so much recently, and absolutely adore it, I really do. Such a gorgeous, lyrical, charming piece. Really connect to it! :)

I should definitely try to listen to both the 1st and the 2nd Piano Concerto, so far I've only known Glazunov's orchestral compositions (apart from the Violin Concerto), plus the ballet The Seasons. Today I heard the fantasy The Sea for the first time and I absolutely loved it; such a powerful, beautifully atmospheric work, with a very colourful, evocative orchestration.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: lescamil on September 22, 2013, 09:37:17 PM
Does everyone here know the 2nd piano concerto? I have been listening to it so much recently, and absolutely adore it, I really do. Such a gorgeous, lyrical, charming piece. Really connect to it! :)

I know both of the piano concertos. Ok, they're not the greatest that late romanticism has to offer in that genre, but they are really charming pieces that have some great moments. I'm partial to the first piano concerto myself. That dotted rhythm motive in the first movement is quite infectious.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on September 23, 2013, 02:50:59 AM
These were fine performances and now very cheap:


Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Parsifal on September 23, 2013, 04:53:14 AM
I should definitely try to listen to both the 1st and the 2nd Piano Concerto, so far I've only known Glazunov's orchestral compositions (apart from the Violin Concerto), plus the ballet The Seasons. Today I heard the fantasy The Sea for the first time and I absolutely loved it; such a powerful, beautifully atmospheric work, with a very colourful, evocative orchestration.

I recently listened to The Sea, first by Seberier, then by Jarvi (Chandos recording).  It was amazing how different the mood is.  Jarvi's recording struck me as much more "Wagnerian."

I know both of the piano concertos. Ok, they're not the greatest that late romanticism has to offer in that genre, but they are really charming pieces that have some great moments. I'm partial to the first piano concerto myself. That dotted rhythm motive in the first movement is quite infectious.

The First concerto struck me as utterly brilliant.  The second, not as much, admittedly after limited exposure.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: madaboutmahler on September 23, 2013, 09:38:31 AM
Hey, what do y'all think of Glazunov's Symphony no. 8? :D I think it is a unique work in Glazunov's output. It is his most troubled and introverted work, for sure. For some reason, many passages in this work remind me of Elgar 2 in their nobility and inner turmoil and sadness. The slow movement, appropriately marked Mesto, is an especially poignant utterance which makes it into my top 10 slow movements. In many ways, this work points the way forward to Miaskovsky's later symphonies.

I shall definitely be listening to this then.... Thanks for mentioning it. :)

Good to read so much feedback on the Glazunov piano concerti. I did start listening to the 1st concerto, but kept on getting the urge to listen to the 2nd again! I just love it so much..... :) One of those pieces I'd happily just listen to over and over again.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: kyjo on September 23, 2013, 10:43:18 AM
I shall definitely be listening to this then.... Thanks for mentioning it. :)

Good to read so much feedback on the Glazunov piano concerti. I did start listening to the 1st concerto, but kept on getting the urge to listen to the 2nd again! I just love it so much..... :) One of those pieces I'd happily just listen to over and over again.

Yes, Symphony no. 8 is among Glazunov's best works. Have you heard it previously, Daniel? I'll have to revisit the PCs due to your enthusiasm for them. I remember enjoying them quite a bit! :)
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: madaboutmahler on September 23, 2013, 12:37:21 PM
Yes, Symphony no. 8 is among Glazunov's best works. Have you heard it previously, Daniel? I'll have to revisit the PCs due to your enthusiasm for them. I remember enjoying them quite a bit! :)

I hadn't actually heard it previously, Kyle! I'm coming close to the end of my first listen now, and have absolutely loved the piece! The first two movements are so moving and beautiful in particular! I agree with you on the poignancy of the slow movement! Perhaps doesn't quite overtake 4 as my favourite Glazunov symphony, but I enjoyed it very very much! :)

And I'm glad my enthusiasm for the PCs are prompting quite a few people to listen to them! The 2nd is  0:) 0:)
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Parsifal on September 23, 2013, 12:52:42 PM
These were fine performances and now very cheap:



How is the sound in this set of recordings?
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on September 23, 2013, 01:15:54 PM
Hey, what do y'all think of Glazunov's Symphony no. 8? :D I think it is a unique work in Glazunov's output. It is his most troubled and introverted work, for sure. For some reason, many passages in this work remind me of Elgar 2 in their nobility and inner turmoil and sadness. The slow movement, appropriately marked Mesto, is an especially poignant utterance which makes it into my top 10 slow movements. In many ways, this work points the way forward to Miaskovsky's later symphonies.

Perhaps his greatest symphony and very poignant. The fragment of Symphony 9 is also a favourite of mine.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: kyjo on September 23, 2013, 01:21:45 PM
I hadn't actually heard it previously, Kyle! I'm coming close to the end of my first listen now, and have absolutely loved the piece! The first two movements are so moving and beautiful in particular! I agree with you on the poignancy of the slow movement! Perhaps doesn't quite overtake 4 as my favourite Glazunov symphony, but I enjoyed it very very much! :)

And I'm glad my enthusiasm for the PCs are prompting quite a few people to listen to them! The 2nd is  0:) 0:)

Excellent, Daniel! Glad you enjoyed it. 8)
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: kyjo on September 23, 2013, 01:25:18 PM
Perhaps his greatest symphony and very poignant. The fragment of Symphony 9 is also a favourite of mine.

Agreed! If I'm not mistaken, the fragment of Symphony no. 9 was only recorded by Naxos. I recall enjoying it, but the performances in the Naxos series aren't always up to par.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Parsifal on September 23, 2013, 01:31:21 PM
Perhaps his greatest symphony and very poignant. The fragment of Symphony 9 is also a favourite of mine.

Yes, the Seberier recording of this piece is very impressive.  It is unfortunate that Glazunov didn't finish the work.  I have the impression his work might have risen to a new level.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Lisztianwagner on September 23, 2013, 01:40:12 PM
Just came after listening to Glazunov's piano concerti; I liked both of them very very much, but I was particularly impressed by the 2nd Piano Concerto, I played it twice in a row. ;D What an incredibly gorgeous composition, gently melodious and beautifully elegant, but also very passionate, thrilling and powerful; the instruments depict a really inspiring atmosphere, at times pervaded by a light poetical touch of melancholy, especially in the first movement. The piano part often sounds almost lisztian to me, althought not with such a brilliant virtuosity.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: mszczuj on September 23, 2013, 08:11:26 PM
I must say that for me Glazunoiv have been always absolutely the first rate composer to the point that I can't stop neglecting he is neglected. So I can't understand all this surprised voices about particular works. Excellent? But of course, this is Glazunov.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on September 24, 2013, 02:32:44 AM
I must say that for me Glazunoiv have been always absolutely the first rate composer to the point that I can't stop neglecting he is neglected. So I can't understand all this surprised voices about particular works. Excellent? But of course, this is Glazunov.

I agree. Nice 900th post!
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: ChamberNut on December 24, 2013, 10:17:47 AM
Current DBM listen - two performances of this beauty!  :) I know Daniel will pound his table!  :D

Glazunov

The Seasons, Op. 67


Serebrier
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Warner Classics



Ashkenazy
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Decca

Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: madaboutmahler on December 24, 2013, 10:28:48 AM
The table has been pounded! :D

Brilliant piece - Ansermet is my favourite recording. Jarvi also very good! :)
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: dhibbard on January 25, 2014, 06:28:22 PM
I like the Svetlanov cycle of his works... Jarvi recorded his symphonies and others.. but didn't have that punch (missing the brass or is muted) like the USSR SO did.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Ken B on January 25, 2014, 08:51:04 PM
Splendid composer. The Brilliant box is outstanding and cheap. His piano music is slight but always pleasant, like Grieg.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on January 26, 2014, 05:28:12 AM
One of my favourite Glazunov CDs, especially for The Kremlin and the Middle Ages Suite.


Also look out for his 'King of the Jews' a little known, moving score:

Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka I SURRENDER!
Post by: snyprrr on June 18, 2014, 05:31:55 AM
I must say that for me Glazunoiv have been always absolutely the first rate composer to the point that I can't stop neglecting he is neglected. So I can't understand all this surprised voices about particular works. Excellent? But of course, this is Glazunov.

ok, if there's one Composer who I've dismissed out-of-hand, it's Glazunov. I sampled the Violin Concerto last night, and wondered if I'd been... uh... mm... wrong... all these years. Mmm.

So, be gentle with me, but, give it to me in 3 Easy Steps. What's the Best All-Time Glazunov?,.. and mind you, I NEED Minor Keys or I probably won't be persuaded,... but, I'm willing to be open minded and gullible and naive...

I've heard that Symphony No.5 is, what?, the 'Slavic', but I'm not trying to put ideas up. String Quartets? I really don't know what he's good for, and do I really want to listen to 'The Seasons'? :-X

Anyhow, I'm here to turn myself in.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka I SURRENDER!
Post by: ChamberNut on June 18, 2014, 05:54:36 AM
ok, if there's one Composer who I've dismissed out-of-hand, it's Glazunov. I sampled the Violin Concerto last night, and wondered if I'd been... uh... mm... wrong... all these years. Mmm.

So, be gentle with me, but, give it to me in 3 Easy Steps. What's the Best All-Time Glazunov?,.. and mind you, I NEED Minor Keys or I probably won't be persuaded,... but, I'm willing to be open minded and gullible and naive...

I've heard that Symphony No.5 is, what?, the 'Slavic', but I'm not trying to put ideas up. String Quartets? I really don't know what he's good for, and do I really want to listen to 'The Seasons'? :-X

Anyhow, I'm here to turn myself in.

I am not a fan of the saxophone.  However, you must try Glazunov's Alto Saxophone Concerto.  Even I love it!  :D

The Seasons is a fantastic piece.

String Quintet and Five Novelettes are wonderful chamber works, and the two very different Piano Concertos.  The Violin Concerto is a masterpiece!

La Mer is another great piece (yes, Glazunov's, not Debussy's)  :D
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka I SURRENDER!
Post by: snyprrr on June 18, 2014, 05:56:50 AM
Even I love it!  :D

fantastic piece.

wonderful  different  masterpiece!

another great piece

 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

uncle uncle
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka I SURRENDER!
Post by: vandermolen on June 18, 2014, 09:44:30 AM
ok, if there's one Composer who I've dismissed out-of-hand, it's Glazunov. I sampled the Violin Concerto last night, and wondered if I'd been... uh... mm... wrong... all these years. Mmm.

So, be gentle with me, but, give it to me in 3 Easy Steps. What's the Best All-Time Glazunov?,.. and mind you, I NEED Minor Keys or I probably won't be persuaded,... but, I'm willing to be open minded and gullible and naive...

I've heard that Symphony No.5 is, what?, the 'Slavic', but I'm not trying to put ideas up. String Quartets? I really don't know what he's good for, and do I really want to listen to 'The Seasons'? :-X

Anyhow, I'm here to turn myself in.


Symphonies 2, 7 and 8 are my favourites and the early No. 1 is very engaging. The Seasons of course, The Kremlin and Stenka Razin are enjoyable.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: ChamberNut on June 20, 2014, 07:46:45 AM
For Snypps, this is a great set, recommended to me that I enjoy.  It includes the complete symphonies, complete concertos and some other orchestral works (Raymunda Ballet Suite, The Seasons, La Mer, etc.):




I also recommend this recording, which includes the Five Novelettes and String Quintet, performed by the Fine Arts Quartet:


Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: snyprrr on June 20, 2014, 08:15:55 AM
For Snypps, this is a great set, recommended to me that I enjoy.  It includes the complete symphonies, complete concertos and some other orchestral works (Raymunda Ballet Suite, The Seasons, La Mer, etc.):




I also recommend this recording, which includes the Five Novelettes and String Quintet, performed by the Fine Arts Quartet:



I was going to start with the Violin concerto, since that's what brought me here. Vengerov or Shaham?
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: SonicMan46 on July 23, 2015, 09:02:44 AM
Well, this thread has been dormant for a year - but I just received a JPC order (12 discs) from 'across the pond' - mainly picking sales items from MDG, CPO, and a few other labels - included 3 CDs of Glazunov's String Works show below w/ the Utrecht String Quartet - these have been discussed briefly in the thread and several other volumes are available - so far enjoying the music and these performances; plus, as usual I cannot fault the MDG sound.

But these are the first chamber works that I've owned of this composer (have much of his orchestral output), so just curious how these may rank w/ other performers - any comparative thoughts?  Thanks - Dave :)

(https://giradman.smugmug.com/Other/Classical-Music/i-6MzFRXJ/0/O/Glazunov_SQ_V1.jpg)  (https://giradman.smugmug.com/Other/Classical-Music/i-KgPQk5C/0/O/Glazunov_SQ_V2.jpg)  (https://giradman.smugmug.com/Other/Classical-Music/i-qDk5P33/0/O/Glazunov_SQ_V3.jpg)
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 23, 2015, 09:14:28 AM
I was going to start with the Violin concerto, since that's what brought me here. Vengerov or Shaham?

I've only heard Heifetz, and I rather like it:

Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on September 26, 2015, 11:19:51 PM
I think that Symphony No.2 is the best of the eight completed symphonies and Stenka Razin is a hoot - so it is a very enjoyable CD and a good introduction to Glazunov who I think is underrated as a composer. CD cover (Melodiya) won't appear on screen but never mind. The old Olympia CD of the same recording is available on Amazon UK at under £2.00 (Rozhdestvensky, USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra).
Here is a link anyway:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Glazunov-Symphony-Romantic-Intermezzo-Symphonic/dp/B0028IFQA6/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1443342507&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=Glazunoc+olympia
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on May 01, 2016, 08:31:19 PM
Having been listening to the endearing, reflective and moving 'King of the Jews' in a version with more emphasis on the choral sections. It is one of my favourite works by Glazunov. I like the story that he protected his Jewish students when the office of the repressive Prime Minister Stolypin phoned to ask how many Jewish students there were at the St Petersburg Conservatory (where Glazunov was Director) by replying 'I don't know - we don't count them':


Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Mirror Image on December 25, 2016, 10:37:04 PM
I thought I'd revive this thread as it's been a number months since the last post. Let me first say that for the longest time I wasn't a fan of Glazunov's music. One reason was that I felt he wasn't distinctive enough of a composer to warrant subsequent hearings. I'd hear a work and it just didn't do anything for me. One thing that was quite noticeable and rather noteworthy from the beginning, though, was how amazing his orchestration was. One work that turned me around to Glazunov was his From the Middle Ages, which is a suite for orchestra. I finally heard what I wasn't hearing before: a yearning lyricism that reminds me of Tchaikovsky but filtered through Rimsky-Korsakov's lens peppered with some Lyadov and even the musical flow of Rachmaninov where things are transformed with what seems to be a minimal amount of effort. Today's listening helped paint even broader picture as I sat down and listened to Symphony No. 5. I absolutely loved it. Is this music that's ground-breaking? No nor need it be. This is music that takes the listener on a journey through forests, rivers, mountains, and even the ocean (he did write his own evocation of the ocean titled The Sea). I think of Glazunov as someone who stuck to his own vices and never flinched. There's a lot to admire in someone who has done this whether you like the musical style or not.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: cilgwyn on December 26, 2016, 04:45:30 AM
I thought I'd revive this thread as it's been a number months since the last post. Let me first say that for the longest time I wasn't a fan of Glazunov's music. One reason was that I felt he wasn't distinctive enough of a composer to warrant subsequent hearings. I'd hear a work and it just didn't do anything for me. One thing that was quite noticeable and rather noteworthy from the beginning, though, was how amazing his orchestration was. One work that turned me around to Glazunov was his From the Middle Ages, which is a suite for orchestra. I finally heard what I wasn't hearing before: a yearning lyricism that reminds me of Tchaikovsky but filtered through Rimsky-Korsakov's lens peppered with some Lyadov and even the musical flow of Rachmaninov where things are transformed with what seems to be a minimal amount of effort. Today's listening helped paint even broader picture as I sat down and listened to Symphony No. 5. I absolutely loved it. Is this music that's ground-breaking? No nor need it be. This is music that takes the listener on a journey through forests, rivers, mountains, and even the ocean (he did write his own evocation of the ocean titled The Sea). I think of Glazunov as someone who stuck to his own vices and never flinched. There's a lot to admire in someone who has done this whether you like the musical style or not.
Interesting! Forests,rivers,mountains............I like the imagery. Which recording of the Fifth did you listen to?
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Mirror Image on December 26, 2016, 06:34:43 AM
Interesting! Forests,rivers,mountains............I like the imagery. Which recording of the Fifth did you listen to?

I listened to Rozhdestvensky's via YouTube. 8)

Here's what I have coming (cross-posted from the 'Purchases') thread:

I've finally clicked with Glazunov and here's the result of this newfound appreciation:

(http://melody.su/upload/iblock/c57/c5728e77ea60fc314be50fa6699553dd.jpg) (http://melody.su/upload/iblock/749/749781fa4dfc3429dd7c219ecd24b668.jpg)

(http://melody.su/upload/iblock/ef1/ef1953f2543c72f9c0cdf81fd344eced.jpg) (http://melody.su/upload/iblock/4db/4dbd54cad766baa6580859fc15173ffd.jpg)

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61pu6i%2BDlQL.jpg) (https://www.chandos.net/artwork/CH8804.jpg)

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81q5rSshUSL._SL1417_.jpg)
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on December 27, 2016, 02:59:05 PM
Always liked this one:

Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on January 04, 2017, 01:39:20 AM
I thought I'd revive this thread as it's been a number months since the last post. Let me first say that for the longest time I wasn't a fan of Glazunov's music. One reason was that I felt he wasn't distinctive enough of a composer to warrant subsequent hearings. I'd hear a work and it just didn't do anything for me. One thing that was quite noticeable and rather noteworthy from the beginning, though, was how amazing his orchestration was. One work that turned me around to Glazunov was his From the Middle Ages, which is a suite for orchestra. I finally heard what I wasn't hearing before: a yearning lyricism that reminds me of Tchaikovsky but filtered through Rimsky-Korsakov's lens peppered with some Lyadov and even the musical flow of Rachmaninov where things are transformed with what seems to be a minimal amount of effort. Today's listening helped paint even broader picture as I sat down and listened to Symphony No. 5. I absolutely loved it. Is this music that's ground-breaking? No nor need it be. This is music that takes the listener on a journey through forests, rivers, mountains, and even the ocean (he did write his own evocation of the ocean titled The Sea). I think of Glazunov as someone who stuck to his own vices and never flinched. There's a lot to admire in someone who has done this whether you like the musical style or not.
'From the Middle Ages' is indeed a very fine piece with a wonderfully brooding and atmospheric opening - I'm listening to the Jarvi recording now. I also like the fragment of Symphony 9, a characteristically melancholy piece which reminds me of Miaskovsky.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: cilgwyn on January 04, 2017, 03:28:17 AM
I listened to Rozhdestvensky's via YouTube. 8)

Here's what I have coming (cross-posted from the 'Purchases') thread:
Good,I can listen (to the Fifth) now! :) The first time I ever heard Glazunov symphonies was via my grandparents ancient old Lp collection (My father still has them) They had some Glazunov symphonies and other other titles on the MK label!! They were quite thickish vinyl,I seem to remember,and the sound was a bit off putting. Thin and scrawny,usually. Although,it didn't stop me playing them!! The front sleeve often had a close up of a plant or apple (?!) or something,imaginative! ;D  Although one of the Glazunov Lps had a bird on the front (a falcon?). I also had this one,which I bought s/h later. I know it's not Glazunov;but I can't find a photo of one of their Glazunov Lps. Can anyone here remember this label? They seemed to be fairly ubiquitous s/h for a while. Allot of,or most,of their stuff seemed to be of soviet origin. I wonder who owned this label? I know emi had some kind agreement. They'd have the Melodiya insignia thingummy on their Lp's. I have no idea how that worked? Did they have an office there? But who was behind this MK label,I wonder?!!

(http://i1362.photobucket.com/albums/r688/dinasman/_12_zpstsi34q0f.jpg)

MK mystery!!
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Turner on January 04, 2017, 03:56:12 AM
MK was the "Mezhdunarodnya Kniga" ("International Books") label & book publisher, that went bankrupt in 2012-13.

According to Wikipedia and other sources, it was established in 1923 and became a big publishing company in 1930, later becoming also an export label of Melodiya.

The discogs website has a list of some of the LPs: https://www.discogs.com/label/146934-Mezhdunarodnaya-Kniga

Personally I have a good deal more of original "Melodiya" LPs than other labels featuring Melodiya recordings, such as "MK"s, "Melodiya-Angel-HMV"s, "Monitor"s, "Eurodisc"s, "Akkord"s etc.

Indeed, MK´s design was often rather Spartan, like Melodiya itself ...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melodiya
http://www.mkniga.ru/

There´s a Russian Wiki entry too, https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%9C%D0%B5%D0%B6%D0%B4%D1%83%D0%BD%D0%B0%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B4%D0%BD%D0%B0%D1%8F_%D0%BA%D0%BD%D0%B8%D0%B3%D0%B0
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on January 04, 2017, 07:44:59 AM
Good,I can listen (to the Fifth) now! :) The first time I ever heard Glazunov symphonies was via my grandparents ancient old Lp collection (My father still has them) They had some Glazunov symphonies and other other titles on the MK label!! They were quite thickish vinyl,I seem to remember,and the sound was a bit off putting. Thin and scrawny,usually. Although,it didn't stop me playing them!! The front sleeve often had a close up of a plant or apple (?!) or something,imaginative! ;D  Although one of the Glazunov Lps had a bird on the front (a falcon?). I also had this one,which I bought s/h later. I know it's not Glazunov;but I can't find a photo of one of their Glazunov Lps. Can anyone here remember this label? They seemed to be fairly ubiquitous s/h for a while. Allot of,or most,of their stuff seemed to be of soviet origin. I wonder who owned this label? I know emi had some kind agreement. They'd have the Melodiya insignia thingummy on their Lp's. I have no idea how that worked? Did they have an office there? But who was behind this MK label,I wonder?!!

(http://i1362.photobucket.com/albums/r688/dinasman/_12_zpstsi34q0f.jpg)

MK mystery!!
I love that underrated Kabalevsky symphony and have both recordings. Yes, those soviet-era vinyl were very thick. The double LP set of Miaskovsky's 6th Symphony comes to mind. I originally bought that Kabalevsky LP in a white cardboard sleeve - sadly with no proper sleeve - it should, presumably, have the one you show above.  >:(
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: cilgwyn on January 04, 2017, 08:43:39 AM
Thanks for the information about those MK lp's,Turner. Very interesting. They seemed to crop all over the place on s/h stalls,for example;or someone would be "throwing them out"!

My father still has all my grandparent's old lps in some record cases upstairs,at his house. My mother was the one who was was into classical music. I should think it's in there,along with allot of Decca Ace of Clubs lp's. Remember those?!  You can buy record players again now,of course. Perhaps I'll be able to play it again,one day?!! ;D It might be useful to own one;but I generally prefer cds and musicassettes,now and again! I miss the album sleeves a bit,but not the pops and clicks. Happy memories,though,and I did love lp's then. I think I got given some of those MK lp's in just the sleeves? And some others! They could be there too.....along with the first Lp I ever actually owned. The Holst's The Planets with the BBCSO conducted by Sargent;with the Apollo spacecraft (I think?) on the front! Allot of my own lp collection went with the arrival of the cd,sadly;but I still have a few. A couple of those Bax Chandos cds amongst them,for those wonderful cover photos. They did look better when they were big. I think I might buy No1 separately,one day,for that snowy scene.

I'll listen to that Glazunov Fifth on Youtube,later.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on January 04, 2017, 08:49:32 AM
Thanks for the information about those MK lp's,Turner. Very interesting. They seemed to crop all over the place on s/h stalls,for example;or someone would be "throwing them out"!

My father still has all my grandparent's old lps in some record cases upstairs,at his house. My mother was the one who was was into classical music. I should think it's in there,along with allot of Decca Ace of Clubs lp's. Remember those?!  You can buy record players again now,of course. Perhaps I'll be able to play it again,one day?!! ;D It might be useful to own one;but I generally prefer cds and musicassettes,now and again! I miss the album sleeves a bit,but not the pops and clicks. Happy memories,though,and I did love lp's then. I think I got given some of those MK lp's in just the sleeves? And some others! They could be there too.....along with the first Lp I ever actually owned. The Holst's The Planets with the BBCSO conducted by Sargent;with the Apollo spacecraft (I think?) on the front! Allot of my own lp collection went with the arrival of the cd,sadly;but I still have a few. A couple of those Bax Chandos cds amongst them,for those wonderful cover photos. They did look better when they were big. I think I might buy No1 separately,one day,for that snowy scene.

I'll listen to that Glazunov Fifth on Youtube,later.
Yes, Sargent's CFP Holst The Planets had the Apollo Command Module on the front.  :)
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: cilgwyn on January 04, 2017, 11:27:44 AM
I'm listening to the  Rozhdestvensky's performance  of the Fifth Symphony on Youtube now. Actually,my second listen. This is glorious music. What a beautiful slow movement. The last time I listened to Glazunov symphonies was via those Naxos recordings. I remember reading Mirror Image saying how dire they were (at least I think it was MI?) They soon got taken to a charity shop. This performance is in a totally different league. What lovely music. I'm going to have to listen to another Glazunov symphony after this finishes?!! Rivers....mountains....forests,yes!!! :)
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on January 05, 2017, 12:59:37 AM
I hadn't realised how fine Symphony 3 is until I heard this performance:


That double CD set is excellent.

I have the box sets by Svetlanov, Fedoseyev and Polyansky.
Svetlanov's is especially good for the interesting fill-ups like the 'Finnish Fantasy' in a much better performance to the one on Naxos and 'Kremlin' - an atmospheric work that I like very much. The set, however, doesn't include the rather moving single movement from Symphony 9 which is given a fine performance in the Serebrier set above.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Turner on January 05, 2017, 03:09:09 AM
Thanks for the information about those MK lp's,Turner. Very interesting. They seemed to crop all over the place on s/h stalls,for example;or someone would be "throwing them out"!

My father still has all my grandparent's old lps in some record cases upstairs,at his house. My mother was the one who was was into classical music. I should think it's in there,along with allot of Decca Ace of Clubs lp's. Remember those?!  You can buy record players again now,of course. Perhaps I'll be able to play it again,one day?!! ;D It might be useful to own one;but I generally prefer cds and musicassettes,now and again! I miss the album sleeves a bit,but not the pops and clicks. Happy memories,though,and I did love lp's then. I think I got given some of those MK lp's in just the sleeves? And some others! They could be there too.....along with the first Lp I ever actually owned. The Holst's The Planets with the BBCSO conducted by Sargent;with the Apollo spacecraft (I think?) on the front! Allot of my own lp collection went with the arrival of the cd,sadly;but I still have a few. A couple of those Bax Chandos cds amongst them,for those wonderful cover photos. They did look better when they were big. I think I might buy No1 separately,one day,for that snowy scene.

I'll listen to that Glazunov Fifth on Youtube,later.

About 2/3 of my Glazunov material - around 35 items focusing on the composer - consists of LPs. The CDs include Serebrier´s box set, and 3 of Naxos´ releases of the orchestral works. The LPs include most of Rozhdestvensky´s recordings of the symphonies & I agree that they are extremely good.

In the nostalghia corner, albeit admittedly of quite limited musical interest, the LPs comprise

- Albert Wolff conducting "The Seasons"
- Elena Glazunov, the composer´s daughter, as a soloist in the Piano Concertos;
- Alexander Gauk conducting the Scenes de Ballet and 2 Concert Waltzes
- Sviatoslav Richter as an unusually dramatic soloist in the 1st Piano Concerto, conducted by Kondrashin, but the sound is somewhat off-putting, and needs to be better in that work, IMO.

This website
http://www.underwatersoundset.com/sets/an/glazounov&continuous_availability!inventory.aspx
has a good deal of rare Glazunov LPs & material for sale, albeit at very expensive prices.

Fancy the score of Symphony no.7 from Belaieff, with Glazunov´s writings to Max von Schillings? Yours for $1200. Or a ' 78 with only a part of The Seasons, conducted by Glazunov himself? Yours for $18 (the same, complete recording has been re-issued, however).
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Post by: Turner on January 05, 2017, 03:33:54 AM
Continuing the LP-subject, the good ones include

- The Saxophone Concerto & Saxophone Quartet with Korneev (originally a Melodiya recording)
- The Piano Sonatas 1-2 with Leslie Howard (Pearl)
- The songs, with Cable, Keyte & Cox. Actually Glazunov wrote enough of them to fill out one LP (Pearl)
- The Oriental Rhapsody conducted by Duderova, and the Violin Concerto, soloist Andrei Korsakov (Melodiya)
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Post by: mjmosca on January 07, 2017, 06:17:17 AM
Any other admirers of Glazunov (1865-1936) other than me and David Mellor?

I am an admirer of Glazunov's music and for many years (late 1980's-1990's) was a member of the Glazunov Society of America, that really made an impact, leading to interest in making recordings of his works available in the US. This was under the leadership of Donald Venturini, an amateur musician, who did a great deal of research. Donald passed away before the age of the internet, and the Society did not continue. But the work had been done- there are now completing recordings of the Glazunov symphonies readily available. And virtually everything else that he wrote has been recorded. It is still difficult to hear Glazunov's works in the concert hall, however. 
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Post by: vandermolen on March 05, 2017, 12:22:17 PM
My favourite recording of Glazunov's most heart-warming score. The Scenes de Ballet are a wonderful bonus:

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Post by: Scion7 on March 05, 2017, 04:28:22 PM
Arrgh!  What an awful Amazon image - shame on them.   >:D

(http://s7.postimg.org/9va3e1pbv/Back_Front_Seasons_Waart_Minn_Orch.jpg)

^ click and reach nirvana .....
I have the Jarvi with the RSNO - mainly because it was coupled with an Oscar Shumsky rendition of the violin concerto.
I have several discs with the Minnesota Orchestra and consider them all well done so I'll have to give your suggestion a go.
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Post by: Scion7 on March 05, 2017, 08:15:00 PM
I've never run across any of these pieces.
Glazunov's collaborative compositions -

String Quartet ‘B–La–F’, finale, 1886, other movts by Borodin, Lyadov, Rimsky-Korsakov
Imeninï [Nameday], 3 essays, string quartet, 1887–8, collab. Lyadov, Rimsky-Korsakov
Fanfarï, winds, percussion, 1889, collab. Cui
Shutka [Joke], quadrille, piano 4 hands, 1890, collab. Lyadov and others
Slavleniye (Les fanfares), 1890, collab. Lyadov
Slavleniye, piano 4 hands, 1893, collab. Blumenfeld, Lyadov
Variations on a Russian Theme, string quartet, 1898, collab. Skryabin and others
Pyatnitsï [Fridays], string quartet, set 1 1898, set 2 1898–9, collab. Borodin and others
Variations on a Russian Theme, piano, 1899, collab. Lyadov and others
Variations on a Russian Theme, orch, 1901, collab. Lyadov and others
Cantata in Memory of M. Antokol'sky (S. Marshak), 1903, collab. Lyadov
Minuet, piano, collab. Arensky and others

I would imagine recordings run between the few and the non-existant?
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Post by: Turner on March 05, 2017, 11:33:21 PM
I've never run across any of these pieces.
Glazunov's collaborative compositions -

String Quartet ‘B–La–F’, finale, 1886, other movts by Borodin, Lyadov, Rimsky-Korsakov
Imeninï [Nameday], 3 essays, string quartet, 1887–8, collab. Lyadov, Rimsky-Korsakov
Fanfarï, winds, percussion, 1889, collab. Cui
Shutka [Joke], quadrille, piano 4 hands, 1890, collab. Lyadov and others
Slavleniye (Les fanfares), 1890, collab. Lyadov
Slavleniye, piano 4 hands, 1893, collab. Blumenfeld, Lyadov
Variations on a Russian Theme, string quartet, 1898, collab. Skryabin and others
Pyatnitsï [Fridays], string quartet, set 1 1898, set 2 1898–9, collab. Borodin and others
Variations on a Russian Theme, piano, 1899, collab. Lyadov and others
Variations on a Russian Theme, orch, 1901, collab. Lyadov and others
Cantata in Memory of M. Antokol'sky (S. Marshak), 1903, collab. Lyadov
Minuet, piano, collab. Arensky and others

I would imagine recordings run between the few and the non-existant?



As for the Fridays / Les Vendredis set, based on gatherings by the composers, there are several recordings of the related string quartet collection, including the collective piece "Les Vendredis Polka" by Glazunov+Sokolov-Lyadov. For example, an old Turnabout 2LP set, with the Reger Quartet playing, well played, with comprehensive liner notes.
Borodin´s Scherzo,  Rimsky´s Allegro and Sokolov´s Scherzo are the most ambitious pieces in the collection.

Also CD recordings.

Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Scion7 on March 06, 2017, 07:49:40 PM
While mostly noted for his larger pieces and a few of the more important piano works, Glazunov was a fine chamber composer.

 String quartets: Nr.1 in D, Op.1, 1882
 Nr.2 in F, Op.10, 1884
 Nr.3 in G ‘Slavyanskiy’ [The Slavonic], Op.26, 1888
 Nr.4 in a, Op.64, 1894
 Nr.5 in d, Op.70, 1898
 Nr.6 in B, Op.106, 1921
 Nr.7 in C [Hommage au passé], Op.107, 1930

 5 novelettes, Op.15, string quartet, 1886
 
 Elégie in D, Op.17, cello, piano, 1887
 Rêverie in D, Op.24, horn, piano, 1890
 Meditation in D, Op.32, violin, piano, 1891
 Suite in C, Op.35, string quartet, 1887–91
 Brass Quartet ‘In modo religioso’, op.38, trumpet, horn, 2 trombones, 1892
 String Quintet in A, Op.39, string quartet, cello, 1891–2
 Elégie in g, Op.44, viola, piano, 1893
 Albumblatt in D, trumpet, piano, 1899
 Mazurka-oberek in D, violin, piano, 1917, orchestrated 1917
 Elegiya pamyati M.P. Belyayeva [Elegy in Memory of Belyayev], Op.105, string quintet, 1928
 Saxophone Quartet, Op.109, 1932
 various works w/o Opus numbers

The string quartet works are well known, but several of the other works are very noteworthy.
The Sax quartet is a large composition with variations in the style of Schumann and Chopin.
I'd like to find the Mazurka in the original duo format, but everyone wants to record the orchestrated version, it appears.

The Elegie in g minor Op. 44 is a very nice way to spend five minutes.
Both of these collections are good with the tip going to the Profil release:

(http://s27.postimg.org/x1u15wpb7/White_Nights.jpg)
https://www.amazon.com/White-Nights-Viola-Music-Petersburg/dp/B004DIPLAO/ref=sr_1_1_twi_aud_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1488858383&sr=1-1&keywords=White+Nights%2C+viola+music

(http://s3.postimg.org/aj7qdyez7/Glinka_Rub_Glaz.jpg)
https://www.amazon.com/Glinka-Rubenstein-Glazunov-Works-Viola/dp/B00JU5DGUW/ref=sr_1_1_twi_aud_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1488858450&sr=1-1&keywords=Glinka%2C+Glazunov-kugel%2C+berezovsky

Heifetz recorded the Meditation in 1917 - scratchy sound, but beautifully played.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Rons_talking on March 07, 2017, 05:08:50 AM
I've always been a Glazunov fan (I like several 19thC Russians). I recently listened to Scenes de Ballet and was  impressed. Also the Piano Concerto and Sax Concerto are highly expressive. I get the feeling he was overrated during his early years and now he's underrated by many who think of him as an old fashioned, technically sound musician who drank too much. But he can compose in any idiom and IMHO is first-rate in all of them. Also the Symphony 8 and The Seasons are among my faves.
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Post by: Jo498 on March 07, 2017, 08:15:35 AM
Was Glazunov also involved in the collaborative monstrosity that is the instrumentation (presumeably for ballett?) of Schumann's "Carnaval"?
EDIT: yes, it was a 1910 Diaghilev choreography and besides Glazunov, Rimsky, Lyadov and Tcherepnin were involved.

I got one volume of the string quartets on MDG and was sufficiently disappointed not to get any further volumes...
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Scion7 on March 07, 2017, 09:19:54 AM
sorry you don't like him - I think he's a fine composer
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Turner on March 08, 2017, 04:01:02 AM
Was Glazunov also involved in the collaborative monstrosity that is the instrumentation (presumeably for ballett?) of Schumann's "Carnaval"?
EDIT: yes, it was a 1910 Diaghilev choreography and besides Glazunov, Rimsky, Lyadov and Tcherepnin were involved.

I got one volume of the string quartets on MDG and was sufficiently disappointed not to get any further volumes...

Yes, there´s at least a couple of old LP recordings (Melodiya, Remington, possibly more), and a Naxos recording too. I don´t find the result particularly interesting though, the piano version is the one to have.

As regards the string quartets, I haven´t really gotten into them either, only own a couple, but the Alla Spagnoletta and the Orientale from Novelettes op.15 strike as quite attractive pieces: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vw9TBmhNojU  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUDgwdgQgpk
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Post by: Maestro267 on August 25, 2017, 06:17:38 AM
Yesterday I picked up a 2-disc set of Glazunov's complete concertos. All the Glazunov I've heard so far (a couple of symphonies, plus The Seasons) I've really enjoyed, and these concertos are no exception. In a similar sound world to Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov.
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Post by: vandermolen on August 25, 2017, 06:31:34 AM
Yesterday I picked up a 2-disc set of Glazunov's complete concertos. All the Glazunov I've heard so far (a couple of symphonies, plus The Seasons) I've really enjoyed, and these concertos are no exception. Right up there with Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov.
I agree although many others don't. My favourites are symphonies 1 (composed aged 16), 2,7,8 and the fragment of No.9 along with 'Kremlin', 'King of the Jews' and the wonderful 'The Seasons'. I also like 'From the Middle Ages' and both piano concertos.
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Post by: Maestro267 on August 25, 2017, 09:54:37 AM
I was going for more that Glazunov's works are in a similar vein to Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, so if you enjoy those, you'll enjoy Glazunov's music. And as many people enjoy Tchaik & Rach, it's a surprise that Glazunov isn't more popular than he is.

Anyway, what I find noteworthy is how structurally these concertos differ from the standard form of the time. The Piano Concerto No. 1 is in 2 movements, a la Beethoven's 32nd Piano Sonata and Prokofiev's 2nd Symphony, and the other "named" concertos are in a single movement. Also, the B major 2nd Piano Concerto exhibits progressive tonality (ending in E major), with a slow section in the very unexpected key of F major.
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Post by: snyprrr on August 26, 2017, 08:16:41 AM
I agree although many others don't. My favourites are symphonies 1 (composed aged 16), 2,7,8 and the fragment of No.9 along with 'Kremlin', 'King of the Jews' and the wonderful 'The Seasons'. I also like 'From the Middle Ages' and both piano concertos.

Dear kind sir, please please please salve my eyes and Capitalize your Thread Title! :P :-*


If I were to give Glazunov the ThreeMinuteChallenge, what are they? It doesn't have to BE 3mins., but, I fear, that's all the Glazunov I may have in me...
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Post by: Est.1965 on August 26, 2017, 09:18:32 AM
Glazunov.
In 1999 I got (I think) his fifth on Naxos amid a bunch of other discs for Birthday.  I listened to it a few times, but didn't think much of it, knowing little of Glazunov and not too much appreciating what I heard.  Well, you know, fast forward to last year when I settled down to listen to Glazunovs Fourth for the first time, with Polyansky and the Russian State Symphony Orchestra.
Oh!  A voyage filled with LYRICAL and JOYFUL romance!  I had SO expected to be disappointed again, but no, the fourth was an outstanding wee symphony which prompted me to get the full Polyansky 7 CD set... I listened to the fifth again...it sounded completely different from my first experience, this time it was FULL and BEAUTIFUL!
That Polyansky - Glazunov set has become one of my most prized listening sets.   0:)

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Post by: vandermolen on August 26, 2017, 01:26:58 PM
Glazunov.
In 1999 I got (I think) his fifth on Naxos amid a bunch of other discs for Birthday.  I listened to it a few times, but didn't think much of it, knowing little of Glazunov and not too much appreciating what I heard.  Well, you know, fast forward to last year when I settled down to listen to Glazunovs Fourth for the first time, with Polyansky and the Russian State Symphony Orchestra.
Oh!  A voyage filled with LYRICAL and JOYFUL romance!  I had SO expected to be disappointed again, but no, the fourth was an outstanding wee symphony which prompted me to get the full Polyansky 7 CD set... I listened to the fifth again...it sounded completely different from my first experience, this time it was FULL and BEAUTIFUL!
That Polyansky - Glazunov set has become one of my most prized listening sets.   0:)


Great set - I agree.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: SymphonicAddict on October 29, 2017, 05:07:00 PM
While I greatly admire his orchestral output (symphonies, miscellaneous works for orchestra, piano concerti) and piano sonatas, the same does not happen with some of his chamber music works. I'm listening to the string quartets (Utrecht String Quartet, MDG label): the first three quartets are reasonably attractive, melodious, have a spark, instead of the number 4 onwards there is a lack of inspiration that makes them somewhat generic. Both the Violin concerto and the Saxophone concerto don't cause me much impact either. Anyway, this is a composer who knew how to write music of great life and sweetness.
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Post by: kyjo on October 29, 2017, 08:08:06 PM
While I greatly admire his orchestral output (symphonies, miscellaneous works for orchestra, piano concerti) and piano sonatas, the same does not happen with some of his chamber music works. I'm listening to the string quartets (Utrecht String Quartet, MDG label): the first three quartets are reasonably attractive, melodious, have a spark, instead of the number 4 onwards there is a lack of inspiration that makes them somewhat generic. Both the Violin concerto and the Saxophone concerto don't cause me much impact either. Anyway, this is a composer who knew how to write music of great life and sweetness.

I don't know Glazunov's quartets, but I think his charming Five Novelettes for string quartet and his beautiful String Quintet (with 2 cellos) are very fine works. They're coupled on this excellent Naxos CD:



I'm surprised you're not too keen on his Violin Concerto! It's one of my favorite VCs - Russian melancholy at its finest. I much prefer it to the overplayed (IMHO) Tchaikovsky VC.
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Post by: Mirror Image on October 29, 2017, 08:37:03 PM
My two favorite Glazunov works are on this Jarvi recording:

(https://www.chandos.net/artwork/CH8804.jpg)

That’s about it for me with Glazunov. I’ve tried to get into music awhile back, but it’s just two sugarcoated for my tastes. There’s no fire to his music.
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Post by: SymphonicAddict on October 30, 2017, 12:06:12 PM
I don't know Glazunov's quartets, but I think his charming Five Novelettes for string quartet and his beautiful String Quintet (with 2 cellos) are very fine works. They're coupled on this excellent Naxos CD:



I'm surprised you're not too keen on his Violin Concerto! It's one of my favorite VCs - Russian melancholy at its finest. I much prefer it to the overplayed (IMHO) Tchaikovsky VC.

That's strange because it's so popular. What recording could you recommend me?
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Post by: kyjo on October 30, 2017, 01:45:12 PM
That's strange because it's so popular. What recording could you recommend me?

I very much like Nicola Benedetti's recording:

Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: SymphonicAddict on October 30, 2017, 03:07:09 PM
I very much like Nicola Benedetti's recording:



Thanks Kyjo! I'm gonna give it a try.
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Post by: SymphonicAddict on October 30, 2017, 03:14:53 PM
My two favorite Glazunov works are on this Jarvi recording:

(https://www.chandos.net/artwork/CH8804.jpg)

That’s about it for me with Glazunov. I’ve tried to get into music awhile back, but it’s just two sugarcoated for my tastes. There’s no fire to his music.

I have From Middle Ages in a different disc, along with The Sea, Spring and Stenka Razin, also with Järvi and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (I think it's out of print). It has to be one of the best Cd's of Glazunov's music. Vibrant performances!
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Post by: kyjo on October 30, 2017, 03:18:45 PM
Thanks Kyjo! I'm gonna give it a try.

No problem! Please report back when you have :)
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Post by: Mirror Image on October 30, 2017, 03:35:26 PM
I have From Middle Ages in a different disc, along with The Sea, Spring and Stenka Razin, also with Järvi and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (I think it's out of print). It has to be one of the best Cd's of Glazunov's music. Vibrant performances!

You must hear Järvi in From the Middles Ages, SA. I’m sure the recording can be bought cheaply in the used market.
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Post by: SymphonicAddict on October 30, 2017, 04:18:09 PM
You must hear Järvi in From the Middles Ages, SA. I’m sure the recording can be bought cheaply in the used market.

Yes. I meant I do have From the Middles Ages with Járvi, but in a different disc to yours. A nicely colourful work indeed.
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Post by: SymphonicAddict on October 30, 2017, 04:26:27 PM
Just I've played the Violin concerto with Benedetti on Spotify as Kyjo suggested me. This listen improved hugely my concept of this concerto, I hadn't appreciated its true depth and beauty. In the last part I could perceive the violin doing a sound like a balalaika, at least it was the impression I had. Thanks again Kyjo!
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Post by: kyjo on October 30, 2017, 04:40:37 PM
Just I've played the Violin concerto with Benedetti on Spotify as Kyjo suggested me. This listen improved hugely my concept of this concerto, I hadn't appreciated its true depth and beauty. In the last part I could perceive the violin doing a sound like a balalaika, at least it was the impression I had. Thanks again Kyjo!

Great to hear! I love the contrast between the soulful, melancholy first two sections and the brilliant, high spirited final one. I do recall the balalaika imitation in the final section, which is a great moment indeed.
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Post by: SymphonicAddict on October 09, 2018, 12:58:42 PM
I had not noticed the incredible charm of the Symphony No. 2 so far, a posthumous dedication to Franz Liszt. I'm perplexed. That 1st movement is imposing and with epic touches, with a brilliant orchestral use. It's apparently influenced by Tchaikovsky and Borodin, the latter very especially in the 2nd movement with its reminiscences of In the Steppes of Central Asia, a thoroughly eloquent movement. I really love what I'm listening to! The Scherzo is definitely Tchaikovskian, some wind passages remind me of the Manfred Symphony (2nd movement), casually in B minor too. The 4th movement is less derivative, though. I feel it more Glazunovian, sparkling, effervescent.

All in all, this has been a quite revelatory rediscovery, and even more so keeping in mind that this symphony is an early work, composed at his twenties. I'm amazed by the huge talent of this precocious composer.

Personally, I consider that the Serebrier set is just well proportioned and greatly conducted, with an unsurpassed sound engineering.

(https://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_500/MI0003/365/MI0003365976.jpg?partner=allrovi.com)
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Post by: kyjo on October 09, 2018, 04:12:50 PM
I’ve yet to listen to his 2nd Symphony (your description certainly sounds enticing, Cesar!), but I recently discovered his wonderfully energetic, tuneful, and life-affirming 1st Symphony, which is a splendidly accomplished work for a 16-year-old! It would certainly make a nice substitute for, say, one of the Tchaikovsky symphonies on a concert program if given the chance.
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Post by: SymphonicAddict on October 09, 2018, 04:51:41 PM
I’ve yet to listen to his 2nd Symphony (your description certainly sounds enticing, Cesar!), but I recently discovered his wonderfully energetic, tuneful, and life-affirming 1st Symphony, which is a splendidly accomplished work for a 16-year-old! It would certainly make a nice substitute for, say, one of the Tchaikovsky symphonies on a concert program if given the chance.

Indeed, I wholeheartedly agree! The 1st is a LOVELY and delightful piece, incredibly mature for a teenager. What recording did you listen to?
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Post by: vandermolen on October 10, 2018, 01:40:29 AM
1/2/7/8 are my favourites and 'The Seasons' and 'The Kremlin'.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: SymphonicAddict on October 10, 2018, 11:43:10 AM
As far as I am concerned, I can't give an assessment about my favorites yet. I am familiarizing myself with these works since I didn't hear them for years. Today I'm listening to the No. 3 and it's another strong work, featuring a heartfelt slow movement.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Irons on October 11, 2018, 07:09:06 AM
The "Pastoral" 7th Symphony I like a lot. It must be said the Melodiya recording I have with Fedoseyev and the Moscow Radio Orchestra is not first class, despite that, it is the Glazounov recording I play most.
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Post by: kyjo on October 11, 2018, 04:52:12 PM
My university orchestra is currently playing Glazunov's Valse de Concert no. 2 in a program along with Shostakovich's mighty 10th Symphony. It's an absolutely delightful work which I honestly prefer to any of Tchaikovsky's ballet waltzes!
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Post by: vandermolen on October 11, 2018, 10:10:30 PM
My university orchestra is currently playing Glazunov's Valse de Concert no. 2 in a program along with Shostakovich's mighty 10th Symphony. It's an absolutely delightful work which I honestly prefer to any of Tchaikovsky's ballet waltzes!

Hope your concert goes will Kyle. I'm also an admirer of the Finnish Fantasy and 'The King of the Jews' by Glazunov as well as his piano concertos.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: cilgwyn on October 12, 2018, 01:20:51 AM
I remember my grandparents (my mother's parents) had old MK Lp's of some Russian music,including recordings of Glazunov symphonies. The sound quality was a bit on the thin side and the Lp's,themselves,were like dinner plates (not nice and bendy!). I just looked the up,now. They were conducted by Khaikin;and he appears to have been conducting the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra. If you can get past the sound quality,would these recordings have been any good? MK seemed to have been quite widely available at one time. They had allot of Russian repertoire on them,including Kabalevsky's Fourth Symphony,conducted by the composer;but also some German composers. I think my father,who is still alive,has them in a case upstairs,somewhere?!

Oh,here we are! Yes,like dinner plates! Very hard and,definitely,not bendy! The surfaces were a bit like the LP felt!! ??? ;D Quite nice bird photos. Or,at least,not bad,for this label!! I seemed to associate Glazunov with birds of that kind,for a while!! Khaikin isn't a conductor I'm familiar with. Not up there with the greats,I presume? The sound quality didn't help! But I used to play them a bit!

(https://i.imgur.com/8iCI4ov.jpg)
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on October 12, 2018, 02:16:38 AM
I remember my grandparents (my mother's parents) had old MK Lp's of some Russian music,including recordings of Glazunov symphonies. The sound quality was a bit on the thin side and the Lp's,themselves,were like dinner plates (not nice and bendy!). I just looked the up,now. They were conducted by Khaikin;and he appears to have been conducting the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra. If you can get past the sound quality,would these recordings have been any good? MK seemed to have been quite widely available at one time. They had allot of Russian repertoire on them,including Kabalevsky's Fourth Symphony,conducted by the composer;but also some German composers. I think my father,who is still alive,has them in a case upstairs,somewhere?!

Oh,here we are! Yes,like dinner plates! Very hard and,definitely,not bendy! The surfaces were a bit like the LP felt!! ??? ;D Quite nice bird photos. Or,at least,not bad,for this label!! I seemed to associate Glazunov with birds of that kind,for a while!! Khaikin isn't a conductor I'm familiar with. Not up there with the greats,I presume? The sound quality didn't help! But I used to play them a bit!

(https://i.imgur.com/8iCI4ov.jpg)
Such a nostalgia trip seeing that. I borrowed a lot of those non-bendy LPs from the High Street Kensington Record Library - an Aladdin's cave of discovery for me. These included the underrated 4th Symphony of Kabalevsky conducted by the composer, Miaskovsky's 6th Symphony in a boxed set. That Khaikin performance of Glazunov's 8th Symphony, on an EMI/Melodiya LP I think, was my introduction to the composer and remains my favourite work by him, especially in that performance (has it ever been on CD?)
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Post by: cilgwyn on October 12, 2018, 08:30:06 AM
In a review of some recordings of Glazunov symphonies,Rob Barnett describes some of those old Soviet recordings,by conductors like (and including) Khaikin,as "virile"! Well,they definitely have "something"! And that rasping soviet brass,of course. Unfortunately,Khaikin's recordings of Glazunov symphonies have never been released on cd. I did have a look! His recordings of Symphonies 2 & 8,can be found,if you put them into the browser. No 2,is on Youtube.
My grandparents had this one,as well! (And again,my father probably still has it in,in one of those,record cases,upstairs?!!) This one with a different orchestra. I wonder if they have any at the Art Music Forum?!

(https://i.imgur.com/eoGAqtj.jpg)

Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on October 12, 2018, 09:41:20 AM
In a review of some recordings of Glazunov symphonies,Rob Barnett describes some of those old Soviet recordings,by conductors like (and including) Khaikin,as "virile"! Well,they definitely have "something"! And that rasping soviet brass,of course. Unfortunately,Khaikin's recordings of Glazunov symphonies have never been released on cd. I did have a look! His recordings of Symphonies 2 & 8,can be found,if you put them into the browser. No 2,is on Youtube.
My grandparents had this one,as well! (And again,my father probably still has it in,in one of those,record cases,upstairs?!!) This one with a different orchestra. I wonder if they have any at the Art Music Forum?!

(https://i.imgur.com/eoGAqtj.jpg)
Never seen that one before. What a wonderful cover image!
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Post by: cilgwyn on October 14, 2018, 02:20:50 AM
More Khaikin. Delightful artwork. I wish I'd had this Melodiya Lp!

(https://i.imgur.com/IuIpRED.jpg)

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Post by: Irons on October 14, 2018, 02:58:52 AM
I found the Oriental Rhapsody impressive. Am I imagining it but the opening horn call reminded me of a much more famous (later) work.

https://youtu.be/cLxkUfS0g3g

https://youtu.be/mkLyK-oSQ7A



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Post by: vandermolen on October 14, 2018, 09:07:38 AM
More Khaikin. Delightful artwork. I wish I'd had this Melodiya Lp!

(https://i.imgur.com/IuIpRED.jpg)

I do have that LP - my introduction to The Seasons.
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Post by: SymphonicAddict on October 16, 2018, 06:46:00 PM
I don't belong to the LP generation, but I do know that The Seasons is a thoroughly magical ballet and there are good recordings of it on CD. I have one performed by Ashkenazy and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This work is simply sheer bliss!!

Having listened to the 8 symphonies plus the fragment of the 9th, I have to say that Glazunov didn't write any dull one, on the contrary, satisfying works that were maturing over the years. I like them all with no exception. However, my absolute favorites are curiously the even-numbered (2, 4, 6 and 8 ). The No. 4 is one of his noblest works ever, charged with a touching longing that I found utterly gorgeous from its very beginning. The 6th is highly spirited in the 1st and 4th movements, with two more pastoral ones in between. And the No. 8 is deservedly a masterwork. One can perceive a clear evolution in his writing in here, it's more dense, more personal and I'm not sure but I think I perceived some Strauss touches in the 3rd movement. It's really a work that leaves a strong impression.
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Post by: vandermolen on October 16, 2018, 11:27:12 PM
I don't belong to the LP generation, but I do know that The Seasons is a thoroughly magical ballet and there are good recordings of it on CD. I have one performed by Ashkenazy and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This work is simply sheer bliss!!

Having listened to the 8 symphonies plus the fragment of the 9th, I have to say that Glazunov didn't write any dull one, on the contrary, satisfying works that were maturing over the years. I like them all with no exception. However, my absolute favorites are curiously the even-numbered (2, 4, 6 and 8 ). The No. 4 is one of his noblest works ever, charged with a touching longing that I found utterly gorgeous from its very beginning. The 6th is highly spirited in the 1st and 4th movements, with two more pastoral ones in between. And the No. 8 is deservedly a masterwork. One can perceive a clear evolution in his writing in here, it's more dense, more personal and I'm not sure but I think I perceived some Strauss touches in the 3rd movement. It's really a work that leaves a strong impression.

Interesting Cesar - I must give No.4 another listen to. I'm sorry that he never completed No.9. The fragment which exists is rather touching and moving.
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Post by: SymphonicAddict on October 17, 2018, 05:58:12 PM
Interesting Cesar - I must give No.4 another listen to. I'm sorry that he never completed No.9. The fragment which exists is rather touching and moving.

It's true, the 9th sounds like a promising work. Glazunov was seeking his most personal facet with his last symphonies.
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Post by: vandermolen on October 17, 2018, 10:21:56 PM
It's true, the 9th sounds like a promising work. Glazunov was seeking his most personal facet with his last symphonies.
Yes, I agree with that as well. No. 8 has a sense of tragedy about which is unlike any of the earlier symphonies, enjoyable as they are. The only movement of No.9 conveys great sadness I think.
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Post by: vandermolen on March 17, 2019, 12:50:20 AM
Here is a fabulous newly released CD of Glazunov's music, beautifully remastered. The performance of the VC (Milstein/Steinberg, 1957) is the best I have heard. Symphony 2 is one of the best I think and the 1966 recordings of symphonies and 2 and 3 (USSR Ministry of Culture SO) under Rozhdestvensky are both terrific. Ansermet's 'Stenka Razin' from 1954 is beautifully atmospheric and, at times,  poetic - again my favourite version. Urania don't provide notes ('too expensive' they tell me) but there is an interesting photo included of Glazunov and Balakirev, the latter has (as far as I can tell) a demonic-looking cat sitting on his lap:

(http://)
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Post by: Irons on March 17, 2019, 02:11:30 AM
Here is a fabulous newly released CD of Glazunov's music, beautifully remastered. The performance of the VC (Milstein/Steinberg, 1957) is the best I have heard. Symphony 2 is one of the best I think and the 1966 recordings of symphonies and 2 and 3 (USSR Ministry of Culture SO) under Rozhdestvensky are both terrific. Ansermet's 'Stenka Razin' from 1954 is beautifully atmospheric and, at times,  poetic - again my favourite version. Urania don't provide notes ('too expensive' they tell me) but there is an interesting photo included of Glazunov and Balakirev, the latter has (as far as I can tell) a demonic-looking cat sitting on his lap:

(http://)

Classic Record Collector did a survey of Ansermet recordings, French was the largest group with 14 composers recorded. Surprisingly, the second largest group consists of Russian composers. Which is a long winded way of me agreeing that Ansermet is an excellent Glazunov conductor. His Decca LP of "The Seasons" and Concert Waltzes is top drawer.

I like the EMI/Melodiya recordings that came out in the 1970's. Particular favourites are 7th Symphony and Oriental Rhapsody with Fedoseyev/Dudarova and 4th Symphony and Poeme Lyrique/Cortége Solennel with Rachlin/Rozhdestvensky.

I have various recordings of VC but not Milstein. It does not surprise me though as being the best version.
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Post by: Roasted Swan on March 17, 2019, 05:54:12 AM
Symphony 2 is one of the best I think and the 1966 recordings of symphonies and 2 and 3 (USSR Ministry of Culture SO) under Rozhdestvensky are both terrific.
(http://)

Not doubting the quality of these performances.... but did the Ministry of Culture SO exist in 1966?  I thought it was an ensemble formed post the collapse of the Soviet Union. 1961-74 "his" orchestra between 61-74 was the Moscow RSO
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Post by: vandermolen on March 17, 2019, 09:46:38 AM
Not doubting the quality of these performances.... but did the Ministry of Culture SO exist in 1966?  I thought it was an ensemble formed post the collapse of the Soviet Union. 1961-74 "his" orchestra between 61-74 was the Moscow RSO

Not sure but that does ring true to me.
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Post by: vandermolen on March 17, 2019, 09:47:45 AM
Classic Record Collector did a survey of Ansermet recordings, French was the largest group with 14 composers recorded. Surprisingly, the second largest group consists of Russian composers. Which is a long winded way of me agreeing that Ansermet is an excellent Glazunov conductor. His Decca LP of "The Seasons" and Concert Waltzes is top drawer.

I like the EMI/Melodiya recordings that came out in the 1970's. Particular favourites are 7th Symphony and Oriental Rhapsody with Fedoseyev/Dudarova and 4th Symphony and Poeme Lyrique/Cortége Solennel with Rachlin/Rozhdestvensky.

I have various recordings of VC but not Milstein. It does not surprise me though as being the best version.
That recording of the 7th Symphony on EMI/Melodiya was a wonderful performance.
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Post by: Maestro267 on November 16, 2019, 03:52:07 AM
I happened upon a Complete Symphonies box in a charity shop the other day. Absolute bargain, and I finally have these symphonies in my collection. This music is right up my street, probably the closest thing I've heard to Tchaikovsky, my desert island composer. I'm coming to the end of Symphony No. 2 right now, and what a magnificent piece this is! The slow movement especially.
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Post by: vandermolen on November 16, 2019, 10:54:21 AM
I happened upon a Complete Symphonies box in a charity shop the other day. Absolute bargain, and I finally have these symphonies in my collection. This music is right up my street, probably the closest thing I've heard to Tchaikovsky, my desert island composer. I'm coming to the end of Symphony No. 2 right now, and what a magnificent piece this is! The slow movement especially.
How great. Which recordings?
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Post by: Roasted Swan on November 16, 2019, 01:26:07 PM
How great. Which recordings?

I think this was cross-posted from the What are you listening to thread - it was the Brilliant Classics mainly Polyansky cycle......
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Post by: Maestro267 on November 17, 2019, 12:11:53 AM
Yes. Sorry I forgot to mention that.

I'm terrible at words, but I have to say this has real serious potential to become one of my absolute favourite symphony cycles. Currently listening to No. 8.
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Post by: vandermolen on November 17, 2019, 12:24:27 AM
I think this was cross-posted from the What are you listening to thread - it was the Brilliant Classics mainly Polyansky cycle......

Yes, I did spot that thank you RS.
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Post by: vandermolen on November 17, 2019, 12:32:11 AM
Yes. Sorry I forgot to mention that.

I'm terrible at words, but I have to say this has real serious potential to become one of my absolute favourite symphony cycles. Currently listening to No. 8.

No problem and I also have that Brilliant set as well as ones by Svetlanov and Fedoseyev ( ::)). I think that Glazunov is a bit underrated as a composer and enjoy all of his symphonies. No.1 with 'The Kremlin' ( a fine work) is a disc I like very much nos 2 and 7 were always favourites and I've recently come to appreciate how good No.3 is especially after buying the Urania set (above). No.8 is the deepest of the lot and has an air of tragedy about it. I am very sorry that Glazunov never completed No.9 as the opening movement (completed by his student) is very touching and poignant. The coupling of Symphony No.3 with the fragment of Symphony No.9 on Naxos is a very nice combination. The Finnish Fantasy is another favourite (which I first came across as background music for a TV drama if Anna Karenina many decades ago). Also you might really like the Naxos CD featuring 'The Kremlin' which is my favourite of the Naxos releases featuring shorter works:
(http://)
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Post by: vandermolen on November 17, 2019, 12:40:59 AM
Classic Record Collector did a survey of Ansermet recordings, French was the largest group with 14 composers recorded. Surprisingly, the second largest group consists of Russian composers. Which is a long winded way of me agreeing that Ansermet is an excellent Glazunov conductor. His Decca LP of "The Seasons" and Concert Waltzes is top drawer.

I like the EMI/Melodiya recordings that came out in the 1970's. Particular favourites are 7th Symphony and Oriental Rhapsody with Fedoseyev/Dudarova and 4th Symphony and Poeme Lyrique/Cortége Solennel with Rachlin/Rozhdestvensky.

I have various recordings of VC but not Milstein. It does not surprise me though as being the best version.
Somehow I missed this post Lol. Ansermet is one of my favourite conductors (Honegger Symphony 4 for example) and his LP below was my introduction to Glazunov. Oddly the performances features a small cut which I only realised when I heard a different recording years later:
(http://)
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Post by: Maestro267 on November 17, 2019, 05:06:40 AM
Also you might really like the Naxos CD featuring 'The Kremlin' which is my favourite of the Naxos releases featuring shorter works:
(http://)

Yes, that "Kremlin" disc is absolutely on my radar, as is the one with Stenka Razin, and the complete recording of Raymonda.
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Post by: vandermolen on November 17, 2019, 06:06:37 AM
Yes, that "Kremlin" disc is absolutely on my radar, as is the one with Stenka Razin, and the complete recording of Raymonda.
Am sure you'll enjoy it and Stenka Razin is great fun (IMO). It features on the Urania disc I posted above.
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Post by: Irons on November 17, 2019, 06:18:53 AM
Somehow I missed this post Lol. Ansermet is one of my favourite conductors (Honegger Symphony 4 for example) and his LP below was my introduction to Glazunov. Oddly the performances features a small cut which I only realised when I heard a different recording years later:


In that issue Wolff is conducting "The Seasons" Jeffrey but Ansermet did indeed record the work for Decca (in stereo). I also have the Wolff (mono) recording on a LXT pressing.

(https://img.discogs.com/a5HQBkFm0oM3UG5Br-nwvIu8V1k=/fit-in/300x300/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(40)/discogs-images/R-2593739-1292769954.jpeg.jpg)
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Post by: vandermolen on November 17, 2019, 06:28:49 AM
In that issue Wolff is conducting "The Seasons" Jeffrey but Ansermet did indeed record the work for Decca (in stereo). I also have the Wolff (mono) recording on a LXT pressing.

(https://img.discogs.com/a5HQBkFm0oM3UG5Br-nwvIu8V1k=/fit-in/300x300/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(40)/discogs-images/R-2593739-1292769954.jpeg.jpg)

Yes, I realised that for decades I had imagined that Ansermet was the conductor! Especially as I have a Decca CD of Ansermet (definitely!) conducting the Seasons. I owe a debt of gratitude to Wolff clearly. I have never been averse to the occasional (hopefully) loud-mouthed display of ignorance on the GMG Forum! Thanks for the clarification my friend.
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Post by: mjmosca on November 20, 2019, 05:07:39 AM
Another excellent performance of "The Seasons" is the one lead by Robert Irving, a master of conducting ballet, and very knowledgeable about Glazunov. I think it is on EMI. There are a number of performances that are "necessary" - Svetlanov, de Waart, Wolff, Ansermet and more!

I have purchased some of the symphony set by Jose Serebrier- I found the 5th to be a major disappointment, but, the 7th is the finest performance available, in my opinion. Serebrier has a great sympathy for Glazunov. We are so fortunate- I remember the "bad old days" when it was nearly impossible to find the Glazunov symphonies in the US. Mention must be made of The American Glazunov Society, lead by the indefatigable Donald Venturini of California [who died many years ago]. Donald would be ecstatic over the many recordings now available. thank you.
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Post by: Daverz on November 21, 2019, 03:37:59 PM
Another excellent performance of "The Seasons" is the one lead by Robert Irving, a master of conducting ballet, and very knowledgeable about Glazunov. I think it is on EMI. There are a number of performances that are "necessary" - Svetlanov, de Waart, Wolff, Ansermet and more!

I have purchased some of the symphony set by Jose Serebrier- I found the 5th to be a major disappointment, but, the 7th is the finest performance available, in my opinion. Serebrier has a great sympathy for Glazunov. We are so fortunate- I remember the "bad old days" when it was nearly impossible to find the Glazunov symphonies in the US. Mention must be made of The American Glazunov Society, lead by the indefatigable Donald Venturini of California [who died many years ago]. Donald would be ecstatic over the many recordings now available. thank you.

Agree about the Irving recording.  I have it on this great CD

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51s1bUZSz9L.jpg)

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/813ALBPhH4L._SL1500_.jpg)

And the Serebrier cycle is very fine and an incredible bargain. 

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Post by: Roasted Swan on November 22, 2019, 01:23:57 AM
Agree about the Irving recording.  I have it on this great CD

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51s1bUZSz9L.jpg)

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/813ALBPhH4L._SL1500_.jpg)

And the Serebrier cycle is very fine and an incredible bargain. 



+1 for all Daverz says - my only additional comment is on the Irving disc is my favourite version of Walton's arrangement of Bach as a ballet - "The Wise Virgins" and a sparkling version of Tommasini's arrangement of Scarlati keyboard sonatas "The Good Humoured Ladies" - which is quite brilliantly payed by the Concert Arts orchestra
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Post by: Maestro267 on November 22, 2019, 11:45:55 AM
And the Serebrier cycle is very fine and an incredible bargain. 



I already had the Concertos element of this box, in a separate two-disc set. My "Seasons" is the "filler" for disc 2 of a set that contains Prokofiev's ballet Cinderella.
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Post by: Maestro267 on February 24, 2020, 09:19:36 AM
Picked up the complete Raymonda today. Listening now. Very very enjoyable to listen to, though I do wish the liner notes contained a more detailed track-by-track synopsis. Either that or, once again, ballet manages to turn what can be explained in a few short sentences, into 2 and a half hours of music.
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Post by: SonicMan46 on February 25, 2020, 09:03:13 AM
Glazunov remains of much interest in this thread which is good!  ;D

For me, no posts in a while but I've acquired a lot of his music - this morning, listening to the discs shown below; also have all of the other volumes on MDG w/ the Utrecht String Quartet; Piano Concertos w/ Coombs on Hyperion; and the José Serebrier 8-CD box of Symphonies & Concertos (including the violin & saxophone).

My question - Coombs recorded four volumes of the piano music - I really enjoy the first two discs and the reviews have been excellent; so, worth while obtaining V. 3 & 4? Thanks for any comments - Dave

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Post by: Florestan on February 25, 2020, 09:38:51 AM
My question - Coombs recorded four volumes of the piano music - I really enjoy the first two discs and the reviews have been excellent; so, worth while obtaining V. 3 & 4? Thanks for any comments - Dave

I'd say yes, they are as good as the first two.
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Post by: Symphonic Addict on February 26, 2020, 02:33:52 PM
Picked up the complete Raymonda today. Listening now. Very very enjoyable to listen to, though I do wish the liner notes contained a more detailed track-by-track synopsis. Either that or, once again, ballet manages to turn what can be explained in a few short sentences, into 2 and a half hours of music.

Raymonda's been on my radar for quite a time and I haven't managed to listen to it. I should remedy that soon.
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Post by: SonicMan46 on February 26, 2020, 07:41:33 PM
I'd say yes, they are as good as the first two.

Thanks Andrei - Dave :)
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Post by: vandermolen on March 03, 2020, 07:45:05 AM
What a shame that Glazunov was never able to complete his Ninth Symphony. The valedictory fragment which he left behind in short score is IMO one of his finest creations. A sad, searching, poignant and lyrical example of Glazunov at his best. I'm increasingly inclined to agree with Harry of this forum that he is a very underrated composer. This CD would be a great introduction to his music:
(http://)
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Post by: Brian on March 03, 2020, 07:59:31 AM
The first page of Helen Oyeyemi's 2012 novel Mister Fox. I wonder which symphony the narrator refers to.
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Post by: vandermolen on March 03, 2020, 08:53:41 AM
The first page of Helen Oyeyemi's 2012 novel Mister Fox. I wonder which symphony the narrator refers to.
Interesting! My wife, however, often complains about 'the noise'.
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Post by: Symphonic Addict on March 03, 2020, 10:29:31 AM
The first page of Helen Oyeyemi's 2012 novel Mister Fox. I wonder which symphony the narrator refers to.

His 'loudest' symphony for me it's the 5th with that potent and festive last movement. It could be that, who knows.
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Post by: Mirror Image on May 22, 2020, 07:17:08 PM
What a shame that Glazunov was never able to complete his Ninth Symphony. The valedictory fragment which he left behind in short score is IMO one of his finest creations. A sad, searching, poignant and lyrical example of Glazunov at his best. I'm increasingly inclined to agree with Harry of this forum that he is a very underrated composer. This CD would be a great introduction to his music:
(http://)

I agree with you about the neglect of his music, but there are many recordings available of his music nowadays, so, at least, he’s not being completely neglected by conductors or musicians. I think one of the problems with Glazunov is not really the music itself but people’s attitudes about the era he wrote the music in --- he was still writing in a Late-Romantic style until the very end and he had no desire to really experiment in terms what some of the later Soviet composers were doing (Shostakovich was one of his later students). He kept doing what he did, but, boy, did he do it incredibly well! He belongs in the same category as Rachmaninov, for example, who could be accused of the very things that Glazunov was doing with his music --- that kind of Late-Romantic style, but both of these composers retain their own unique sound-worlds and neither of them could be mistaken for another composer. I think one of the things that attracts me to Glazunov is not necessarily the melodies themselves but the continuous melodic line and how it unfolds and develops, but also his sense of rhythm. From my understanding, his music is difficult to perform, but I’d go so far to say it’s difficult to interpret as well, because it is my belief that this music doesn’t necessarily jump off the pages when it’s played, although this could be said of many composers’ music. Looking forward to digging more into this composer’s music.
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Post by: J on May 22, 2020, 10:05:11 PM
A more sophisticated evaluation of G's music than your dismissal of it a few years ago as "too sugarcoated for my taste", with "no fire".

Do you still feel that?
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Post by: Mirror Image on May 23, 2020, 05:25:29 AM
A more sophisticated evaluation of G's music than your dismissal of it a few years ago as "too sugarcoated for my taste", with "no fire".

Do you still feel that?

No and the reason I don’t is because I’ve come to accept the music on its own terms. It’s one thing to just not be attracted to the music, but I have always had an ear for what Glazunov was doing and the seed was initially planted. Even if I did dismiss him, I knew after stating that could possibly lead to a backlash. :)
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Post by: vandermolen on May 23, 2020, 05:49:51 AM
I am tempted by the Serebrier box but have most of the releases on single CDs  ::)
I enjoy the Fedoseyev and Svetlanov sets more than the Polyansky:
(http://)
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Post by: Mirror Image on May 23, 2020, 05:53:11 AM
I am tempted by the Serebrier box but have most of the releases on single CDs  ::)
I enjoy the Fedoseyev and Svetlanov sets more than the Polyansky:
(http://)

Svetlanov really has the full measure of Glazunov’s music. I’d say that Serebrier does as well, but his interpretation is more Western (not that this is a bad thing of course), but he gets beautiful results in all the performances of his I’ve heard so far. What do you think of Serebrier, Jeffrey? Also, have you heard Rozhdestvensky’s symphony cycle?
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Post by: Dima on May 23, 2020, 06:53:32 AM
When I was once in conductor's Golovanov flat, on his desk it was standing bust of Glazunov as you can see on photo:
https://i.ytimg.com/vi/M0LBYqnDWJc/maxresdefault.jpg

It was amazing, because it's very rare even in Russia. You know Golovanov made many recordings of Glazunov music.
It's a pity but now symphonies of Glazunov does not sound in concerts in Russia, and he have bad reputation as composer.
My favorite Glazunov symphony - No.3. It's on the same level with the best Tchaikovsky symphonies. I know all recording of it and like more Fedoseev and Boris Khaykin versions. If you listen to final of 3d symphony with Khaykin you will clearly hear how Glazunov music influenced Sibelius.
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Post by: vandermolen on May 23, 2020, 06:56:24 AM
When I was once in conductor's Golovanov flat, on his desk it was standing bust of Glazunov as you can see on photo:
https://i.ytimg.com/vi/M0LBYqnDWJc/maxresdefault.jpg

It was amazing, because it's very rare even in Russia. You know Golovanov made many recordings of Glazunov music.
It's a pity but now symphonies of Glazunov does not sound in concerts in Russia, and he have bad reputation as composer.
My favorite Glazunov symphony - No.3. It's on the same level that best Tchaikovsky symphonies. I know all recording of it and like more Fedoseev and Boris Khaykin versions. If you listen to final of 3d symphony with Khaykin you will clearly hear how Glazunov music influenced Sibelius.
Great photo Dima! Recently I've come to appreciate Symphony No.3 more and more.
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Post by: vandermolen on May 23, 2020, 06:59:47 AM
Svetlanov really has the full measure of Glazunov’s music. I’d say that Serebrier does as well, but his interpretation is more Western (not that this is a bad thing of course), but he gets beautiful results in all the performances of his I’ve heard so far. What do you think of Serebrier, Jeffrey? Also, have you heard Rozhdestvensky’s symphony cycle?
I've enjoyed the Serebrier performances John but agree with your point about it sounding rather 'western'. I like a more authentic 'soviet' feel to it. In this respect I prefer Fedoseyev, Svetlanov, and Boris Khaikin. Olympia issued some terrific performances with Rozhdestvensky conducting.

This is a really good CD set:
(http://)
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Post by: Mirror Image on May 23, 2020, 07:29:04 AM
I've enjoyed the Serebrier performances John but agree with your point about it sounding rather 'western'. I like a more authentic 'soviet' feel to it. In this respect I prefer Fedoseyev, Svetlanov, and Boris Khaikin. Olympia issued some terrific performances with Rozhdestvensky conducting.

This is a really good CD set:
(http://)

Very nice, Jeffrey. 8) Järvi has done some good work in Glazunov as well like his recordings on Chandos. I love his performance of From the Middle Ages Suite. One of my favorites from Glazunov.
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Post by: Mirror Image on May 23, 2020, 01:07:06 PM
Raymonda's been on my radar for quite a time and I haven't managed to listen to it. I should remedy that soon.

Be sure to get the Svetlanov recording on Melodiya. It’s been reissued, so it shouldn’t be difficult to track down.
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Post by: Mirror Image on May 25, 2020, 05:37:48 AM
I have to say I’m rather impressed with the Violin Concerto after I listened to it more attentively the other day and this is a great performance:

https://www.youtube.com/v/Qhc2nCoCcPM
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Mirror Image on May 25, 2020, 05:48:09 AM
I think one of the important points in understanding Glazunov’s music is first to follow the melodic line of each of his works. Once you follow this line or ’narrative’, you will see how each symphony, concerto, ballet, etc. is formed and you’ll know where the arch of the work is at. With some composers, you don’t have to do this of course, because every measure is an adventure within itself. With Glazunov, I feel that his music doesn’t give up many secrets until you figure out what each work’s architecture is and once you do, then these little pieces of the puzzle start appearing and you can start piecing them together. This has helped me tremendously and a lot of the feeling in his music isn’t always visible, but I do believe his music rewards the listener who is willing to make an effort. Some listeners will argue that if the music is good then there doesn’t need to be any effort on the listener’s part. This is completely untrue and you can’t apply that kind of ideology to every composer you encounter, because, if you did, then there would only be a small handful of composers that you like while the rest of them are ‘unlistenable’.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Florestan on May 25, 2020, 06:58:51 AM
Some listeners will argue that if the music is good then there doesn’t need to be any effort on the listener’s part.

None other than your man Debussy argued that:

Beauty must appeal to the senses, must provide us with immediate enjoyment, must impress us or insinuate itself into us without any effort on our part.

 :D
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Mirror Image on May 25, 2020, 08:03:44 AM
None other than your man Debussy argued that:

Beauty must appeal to the senses, must provide us with immediate enjoyment, must impress us or insinuate itself into us without any effort on our part.

 :D

Well, he was wrong. :) Some composers do take the effort to love. Not everything falls into one’s musical lap on first-hearing.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Florestan on May 25, 2020, 08:18:05 AM
Not everything falls into one’s musical lap on first-hearing.

True.

Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Maestro267 on May 25, 2020, 09:06:36 AM
Listening to Symphony No. 5. I'd forgotten how utterly gorgeous the opening of the slow movement is.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Mirror Image on May 25, 2020, 09:46:58 AM
Listening to Symphony No. 5. I'd forgotten how utterly gorgeous the opening of the slow movement is.

Very nice. I’ll have to get around to the 5th one day. :D I’m stuck on the 3rd and 7th at the moment. The 7th’s slow movement is incredibly beautiful.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: J on May 25, 2020, 11:30:56 AM
How would anyone compare the Rozshdestvensky & Svetlanov Symphony cycles?  Are there notable differences in the playing and interpretations (or sonics) that immediately become apparent?
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Mirror Image on May 25, 2020, 12:11:06 PM
How would anyone compare the Rozshdestvensky & Svetlanov Symphony cycles?  Are there notable differences in the playing and interpretations (or sonics) that immediately become apparent?

I haven’t heard the Rozhdestvensky recordings, but I imagine there’s not a huge difference between them in terms of audio quality --- Rozhdestvensky was recorded in the late 80s and Svetlanov’s was in the early 90, so they were quite close in proximity in terms years they were recorded. As for the interpretations, I couldn’t tell you, but Rozhdestvensky is an outstanding conductor and I imagine his Glazunov is first-rate. Svetlanov, of course, is splendid and fiery, but also lyrical and passionate. In all honesty, I would go with whatever set is the cheapest. It’s a win/win scenario all the way.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Roasted Swan on May 26, 2020, 07:14:59 AM
I haven’t heard the Rozhdestvensky recordings, but I imagine there’s not a huge difference between them in terms of audio quality --- Rozhdestvensky was recorded in the late 80s and Svetlanov’s was in the early 90, so they were quite close in proximity in terms years they were recorded. As for the interpretations, I couldn’t tell you, but Rozhdestvensky is an outstanding conductor and I imagine his Glazunov is first-rate. Svetlanov, of course, is splendid and fiery, but also lyrical and passionate. In all honesty, I would go with whatever set is the cheapest. It’s a win/win scenario all the way.

I do know both cycles.  In the UK the Rozhdestvensky cycle first appeared on the short-lived Olympia label (as did his DSCH cycle too).  Both this cycle and Svetlanov feature what might be called "old-School" Russian/Soviet orchestral playing which I happen to love.  At a push I'd go for Svetlanov for extra brilliance and virile bravura.  Rozhdestvensky goes for a slightly grander approach.  Both are MUCH to be preferred over the lack-lustre Polyansky who fails to "light my fire" in just about any repertoire his dead hand touches.  Fedoseyev's old Moscow RSO is available as a super cheap download but the recording quality is variable but these were my introduction to these works back in the day of EMI/Melodiya LP's so I'm rather fond of them.  I assume the set on Brilliant is a later re-record and if so I have not heard them.....
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Mirror Image on May 26, 2020, 09:07:38 AM
I do know both cycles.  In the UK the Rozhdestvensky cycle first appeared on the short-lived Olympia label (as did his DSCH cycle too).  Both this cycle and Svetlanov feature what might be called "old-School" Russian/Soviet orchestral playing which I happen to love.  At a push I'd go for Svetlanov for extra brilliance and virile bravura.  Rozhdestvensky goes for a slightly grander approach.  Both are MUCH to be preferred over the lack-lustre Polyansky who fails to "light my fire" in just about any repertoire his dead hand touches.  Fedoseyev's old Moscow RSO is available as a super cheap download but the recording quality is variable but these were my introduction to these works back in the day of EMI/Melodiya LP's so I'm rather fond of them.  I assume the set on Brilliant is a later re-record and if so I have not heard them.....

I quite agree with you in regards to Svetlanov. What do you think of Serebrier’s performances?
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: kyjo on May 26, 2020, 09:12:20 AM
Listening to Symphony No. 5. I'd forgotten how utterly gorgeous the opening of the slow movement is.

The 5th Symphony is wonderful indeed. That thrilling finale never fails to get my pulse racing! My current favorite Glazunov symphonies are 1, 2, 5, and 6. Oddly enough, I listened to the highly regarded 8th recently and it left me rather unmoved. That said, it may be the type of work which requires several listens to give up its rewards. Or maybe I just wasn’t in the mood that day!
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Mirror Image on May 26, 2020, 09:19:32 AM
The 5th Symphony is wonderful indeed. That thrilling finale never fails to get my pulse racing! My current favorite Glazunov symphonies are 1, 2, 5, and 6. Oddly enough, I listened to the highly regarded 8th recently and it left me rather unmoved. That said, it may be the type of work which requires several listens to give up its rewards. Or maybe I just wasn’t in the mood that day!

What performance of the 8th did you listen to, Kyle?
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: kyjo on May 26, 2020, 09:24:48 AM
What performance of the 8th did you listen to, Kyle?

Serebrier/RSNO on Warner. These are the only recordings of the Glazunov symphonies I’ve listened to, tbh, and I generally enjoy them very much. But perhaps there are better alternatives for some of the symphonies...
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Mirror Image on May 26, 2020, 09:32:54 AM
Serebrier/RSNO on Warner. These are the only recordings of the Glazunov symphonies I’ve listened to, tbh, and I generally enjoy them very much. But perhaps there are better alternatives for some of the symphonies...

Try Svetlanov. You’ll thank me later. ;) :D

https://www.youtube.com/v/MsJKFirXMCI
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: kyjo on May 26, 2020, 09:49:13 AM
Try Svetlanov. You’ll thank me later. ;) :D

https://www.youtube.com/v/MsJKFirXMCI

Will do, John. 8)
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Mirror Image on May 26, 2020, 10:00:25 AM
Will do, John. 8)

Definitely let me know what you think about it, Kyle. I personally haven’t heard the 8th yet as I’m still relatively new to Glazunov’s symphonies. I’ve only heard the 3rd and 7th so far and found them immensely enjoyable.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Roasted Swan on May 26, 2020, 10:01:52 AM
I quite agree with you in regards to Svetlanov. What do you think of Serebrier’s performances?

I enjoyed the Serebrier most of the "Western" cycles I know.  Otaka on BIS is good too with typically fine engineering but I like the swagger and pomp of Serebrier - fine 'ripe' engineering.  Generous and valuable couplings as well.  The RSNO play very well - as they did for Jarvi when he did his Chandos/Glazunov discs - their Seasons coupled with the Violin Concerto played by the very great Oscar Shumsky is a particular favourite.  But for "one cycle to rule them all" it would be Svetlanov!
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Mirror Image on May 26, 2020, 10:11:43 AM
I enjoyed the Serebrier most of the "Western" cycles I know.  Otaka on BIS is good too with typically fine engineering but I like the swagger and pomp of Serebrier - fine 'ripe' engineering.  Generous and valuable couplings as well.  The RSNO play very well - as they did for Jarvi when he did his Chandos/Glazunov discs - their Seasons coupled with the Violin Concerto played by the very great Oscar Shumsky is a particular favourite.  But for "one cycle to rule them all" it would be Svetlanov!

Yeah, I’ve kind of cooled on Serebrier. Well-played but doesn’t exactly light my heart of fire like Svetlanov. I’ve got that Jarvi recording you mentioned. I might have to revisit it.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Roasted Swan on May 27, 2020, 12:59:32 AM
Having said I enjoyed Serebrier I thought I ought to listen to a disc to make sure I wasn't talking any more nonsense than usual!  Just listened through to this one form the set;

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a generous coupling of 2 of my enduringly favourite Glazunov works.  Pleased to say I did enjoy this recording a lot.  For sure the extra Soviet/Svetlanovian bite is missing but it is very good.  Lovely recording and the RSNO brass in fine form.  Also the wind solos in The Seasons beautifully taken.

A tangential question - I wonder why the Svetlanov/Philharmonia The Seasons remains a relative disappointment?  Somehow that day in the studio the magic just wasn't happening.......
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: vandermolen on May 27, 2020, 01:08:09 AM
Try Svetlanov. You’ll thank me later. ;) :D

https://www.youtube.com/v/MsJKFirXMCI

That's my favourite performance of Symphony No.8. That LP was a record library discovery of my youth.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Roasted Swan on May 27, 2020, 02:19:04 AM
That's my favourite performance of Symphony No.8. That LP was a record library discovery of my youth.

I'm slightly confused!  Is this a different performance/recording that is listed as with the USSR SO - I don't remember ever seeing Svetlanov with the Moscow RSO

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Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Mirror Image on May 27, 2020, 06:07:43 AM
I'm slightly confused!  Is this a different performance/recording that is listed as with the USSR SO - I don't remember ever seeing Svetlanov with the Moscow RSO

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This is the set I own and it’s a later cycle with the USSR State Symphony Orchestra. The recordings he made with the Moscow Radio SO must be earlier recordings.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Mirror Image on May 27, 2020, 06:09:45 AM
That's my favourite performance of Symphony No.8. That LP was a record library discovery of my youth.

Very nice, Jeffrey. I wonder if these earlier recordings are available on CD? I’ll have to check this out.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Dima on May 27, 2020, 12:20:34 PM
Try Svetlanov. You’ll thank me later. ;) :D

https://www.youtube.com/v/MsJKFirXMCI
Very good playing. I feel in this symphony a tragedy of great composer who lost inspiration (-Why? -See the name of this topic on forum).
It is very russian story to drunk away its own talant.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Mirror Image on May 27, 2020, 01:37:46 PM
Very good playing. I feel in this symphony a tragedy of great composer who lost inspiration (-Why? -See the name of this topic on forum).
It is very russian story to drunk away its own talant.

Indeed, but we did get some great music out all of this personal turmoil thankfully.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Dima on May 27, 2020, 02:21:54 PM
Listen to the final part of 3d symphony in its best version in my view by Boris Khaykin:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8iaSHqciCo

You will clearly hear future Sibelius music in moments 5.21-5.50 and 10.05-10.30 (they knew each other). I think it is his best symphony from beginning to end.


Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Dima on May 27, 2020, 02:50:21 PM
I don't remember if i tell that: Sibelius as a citizen of Russian Imperia was influenced much by russian music of Glazunov, Tchaikovsky, Rimskiy-Korsakov and also Arensky. You can listen here how similar Valse Triste of Sibelius and the 7 variation from op.35a of Arensky. I have connected them together: https://cloud.mail.ru/public/vNo5/Z25Pu5Uz5
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Symphonic Addict on May 27, 2020, 04:15:46 PM
I've heard Serebrier and Rozhdestvensky cycles. Both are up the expectations.

What about the Orfeo recordings with Järvi and the Bamberger Symphoniker? Are they good?
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Mirror Image on May 27, 2020, 04:19:44 PM
I've heard Serebrier and Rozhdestvensky cycles. Both are up the expectations.

What about the Orfeo recordings with Järvi and the Bamberger Symphoniker? Are they good?

I prefer Svetlanov to Serebrier even if Serebrier has the better audio quality. There’s something magical about the way Svetlanov conducts that just draws me in. I’d like to hear Rozhdestvensky at some point, but I’m in no dire need as Svetlanov serves me just fine. I’ll have to ask my dad about Järvi --- I think he owns that Bamberger cycle. Järvi and Bamberg are a good combination. I loved his Martinů cycle with them for example.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Symphonic Addict on May 27, 2020, 04:43:05 PM
I prefer Svetlanov to Serebrier even if Serebrier has the better audio quality. There’s something magical about the way Svetlanov conducts that just draws me in. I’d like to hear Rozhdestvensky at some point, but I’m in no dire need as Svetlanov serves me just fine. I’ll have to ask my dad about Järvi --- I think he owns that Bamberger cycle. Järvi and Bamberg are a good combination. I loved his Martinů cycle with them for example.

I suspect I'll be acquiring the Svetlanov cycle at some moment, albeit I feel that his sometimes slow conducting puts me off a bit.
Title: Re: Glazunov's glass of vodka
Post by: Mirror Image on May 27, 2020, 04:46:26 PM
I suspect I'll be acquiring the Svetlanov cycle at some moment, albeit I feel that his sometimes slow conducting puts me off a bit.

Hmm...I never heard a really slow performance from Svetlanov. I think, if anything, his performances have an impact that stays with me days after I’ve heard them. I’m surprised he didn’t tackle much of Prokofiev’s or Weinberg’s music. The very thought of him conducting Weinberg’s Symphony No. 5 for example makes me grin from ear to ear. Oh well, we’re served rather well by Kondrashin in this symphony. :D