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Glazunov: Concertos for Violin; Cello; Saxophone / Viktor Tretiakov, violin; Mstislav Rostropovich, cello; Lev Mikhailov, saxophone

Album Summary

>Glazunov, Alexander : Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 82
>Glazunov, Alexander : Concerto ballata for cello & orchestra in C major, Op. 108
>Glazunov, Alexander : Concerto for Alto Saxophone in E flat major, Op. 109
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Firma Melodiya presents an album of concert works by the outstanding Russian composer Alexander Glazunov."... An incredibly wide scope, power, inspiration, lightness of mighty moods, wonderful beauty, magnificent fantasy, sometimes humour, melancholy, passion and always amazing clarity and freedom of form", this is how Vladimir Stasov, a critic and Glazunov's contemporary, defined the main properties of the composer's music.A pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov and Balakirev, and a true successor of the traditions of The Five, Glazunov was also a great admirer of Tchaikovsky's works and synthesized the two major traditions of the Russian music art of the 19th century in his music. Glazunov's Violin Concerto is among the most popular works of the world's violin literature. The other featured pieces created during the composer's late period when he lived abroad are less known. The Concerto Ballata for cello and orchestra was ordered by and dedicated to the great cellist Pablo Casals. The Concerto for saxophone and orchestra was inspired by a performance of the National Guard orchestra in Paris. Amazed with the timbre of the instrument, then very rare in academic music, and a virtuosic performance, he created a piece where the saxophone in combination with string instruments sounds surprisingly softly and songfully in a Russian way. Glazunov's compositions are performed by the outstanding Russian musicians such as Viktor Tretiakov (violin), Mstislav Rostropovich (cello) and Lev Mikhailov (saxophone).

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
The music is competently crafted, and Mr Mikhailov and conductor Korneyev turn in a sturdy performance. Rostropovich and Svetlanov get the least good. The way they dig into the music and play it for dear life, you'd think they were doing the Dvorak concerto. It is definitely the most exciting performance here and the one I'm most likely to return to. Rostropovich fans will eat it up with a spoon.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Moscow.



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Works Details

>Glazunov, Alexander : Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 82
  • Performer: Viktor Tretiakov (Violin)
  • Conductor: Vladimir Fedoseyev
  • Ensemble: Moscow Symphony Radio Orchestra
  • Running Time: 20 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1904
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Glazunov, Alexander : Concerto ballata for cello & orchestra in C major, Op. 108
  • Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Ensemble: USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 21 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1931
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Glazunov, Alexander : Concerto for Alto Saxophone in E flat major, Op. 109
  • Performer: Lev Mikhailov (Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Alexander Korneyev
  • Ensemble: Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra Soloists Ensemble
  • Notes: Composition written: 1934.
  • Running Time: 14 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1934
  • Studio/Live: Live