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Glazunov: Orchestral Works Vol 15 / Anissimov, Moscow SO

Album Summary

>Glazunov, Alexander : Symphony no 5 in B flat major, Op. 55
>Glazunov, Alexander : Symphony no 8 in E flat major, Op. 83
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Alexander Glazunov composed nine symphonies (one incomplete) spread through the first half of his career. The Fifth Symphony, dating from 1895, is intensely Russian in character, it has a strong relationship with the symphonic music of Tchaikovsky, the mercurial scherzo among Glazunov's most delightful movements. The Eighth Symphony contains one of the most stormy and brilliant scherzos in the symphonic repertoire.



Reviews

Glazunov Symphony #5
Glazunov wrote his Symphony in B flat major, Opus 55, in 1895, dedicating the work to Sergey Taneyev, whose monumental Oresteia, based on Aeschylus, was first performed in the same year. The work met with approval from Rimsky-Korsakov, who found in it the beginning of something new, although a few years later his youngest daughter, Nadezhda Nikolayevna, expressed dislike for it, when she played it through, rather badly, we are told, with Stravinsky. The first movement opens with a strong motif in the lower register of the orchestra, answered by the woodwind, the outline of the first subject heard from bassoons and cellos in the Allegro that follows the solemn introductory section. The material forms the substance of the transition that leads to the secondary theme, heard first from flute and clarinet with harp accompaniment, as it shifts in harmony from D minor to the dominant key of F major. There is a technically assured development, before the varied return of the material and the excitement of the final section of the movement. The G minor Scherzo has a reminiscence of Mendelssohn about it and a more direct debt to Tchaikovsky. It includes a trio section and elements of both return in the conclusion. The principal theme of the E flat major Andante is first heard from the violins. An interruption by the brass introduces contrasting material, before the return of the thematic substance of the first section of the movement. The symphony, very properly, ends with a rondo, always with rhythmic and melodic suggestions of Russia, both in its principal theme and in its contrasting episodes.

Submitted on 07/07/12 by bj 
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>Glazunov, Alexander : Symphony no 5 in B flat major, Op. 55
  • Conductor: Alexander Anissimov
  • Ensemble: Moscow Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 34 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1895

>Glazunov, Alexander : Symphony no 8 in E flat major, Op. 83
  • Conductor: Alexander Anissimov
  • Ensemble: Moscow Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 42 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1906