Glazunov: Complete Symphonies & Concertos
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 13.34 x 12.7 x 2.54 cm; 252.88 g
- メーカー : Warner Classics
- EAN : 0825646646746
- SPARSコード : DDD
- レーベル : Warner Classics
- ASIN : B006W7SV5Q
- ディスク枚数 : 1
Maestro Jos Serebrier's acclaimed Glazunov symphony & concerto cycle is now available as an 8CD capbox. The completion of this series was a personal triumph for Serebrier, who's passion for these works are heard throughout every performance. A small sampling of the praise these recordings have received: "Serebrier gets very characterful and brilliant performances from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.the refinement and power of the performance are superbly caught." Penguin Guide, Key Recordings. "This set is a godsend. Glazunov's Violin Concerto maintains its hold on the repertoire, but how many times do we hear the two piano concertos or the one for saxophone, let alone the Concerto Ballata for cello or the miniatures he wrote for violin, cello and horn? Jos Serebrier's recordings of Glazunov's eight completed symphonies, plus the torso of a projected ninth, have established a valuable core of music in the catalogue, but this two-disc album of the concertos with the Russian National Orchestra is far more than merely an appendage. Glazunov had an instinct for the dynamics of concerto writing, his ear for orchestral colour combining with his mellow lyricism and secure architectural sense to create a frisson that some of the symphonies might lack. The Violin Concerto, winsomely played by Rachel Barton Pine, was the first to be composed in 1904; the pair of piano concertos, with Alexander Romanovsky here a soloist of soul and spirit, followed over the next couple of decades. True, Glazunov's style did not change markedly with the years - not even for the Saxophone Concerto of 1934 - but he knew precisely how to harness instruments' individual expressive qualities." Daily Telegraph - Geoffrey Norris
1) 交響曲 第3番 ニ長調 op.33
2) 交響曲 第9番 ニ短調 ガヴイリル・ユーディン（Gavriil Yudin）により補筆完成された第1楽章
1) 交響曲 第2番 嬰ヘ短調op.16
2) 交響曲 第1番 ホ長調 op.5「スラヴ」
1) 交響曲 第4番 変ホ長調 op.48
2) 交響曲 第7番 ハ長調 op.77「田園」
1) 交響曲 第5番 変ロ長調 op.55
2) バレエ音楽「四季」 op.67
1) 交響曲 第6番 ハ短調 op.58
2) 管弦楽のための幻想曲 ホ長調 op.28「海」
3) オスカー・ワイルドの劇のための付随音楽「サロメ」 op.90 ～ 序奏とサロメの踊り
1) 交響曲 第8番 変ホ長調 op.83
2) バレエ音楽「ライモンダ」組曲 op.57a
1) ヴァイオリン協奏曲 イ短調 op.82
2) チェロと管弦楽のための「吟遊詩人の歌」 op.71
3) ピアノ協奏曲 第2番 ロ長調 op.100
4) サクソフォン協奏曲 変ホ長調 op.109
1) ピアノ協奏曲 第1番 ヘ短調 op.92
2) ホルンと管弦楽のための「夢」 op.24
3) チェロと管弦楽のための「コンチェルト・バラータ」 op.108
4) ヴァイオリンと管弦楽のための「瞑想曲」 ニ長調 op.32
vn: レイチェル・バートン・パイン（Rachel Barton Pine 1974-）
vc: ウェン＝シン・ヤン（Wen-Sinn Yang 1965-）
p: アレクサンダー・ロマノフスキー（Alexander Romanovsky 1984-）
サクソフォン: マルク・シーソン（Marc Chisson）
hrn: アレクセイ・セロフ（Alexey Serov 1983-）
All these works are conducted and played magnificently by Jose Serebrier and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Russian National Orchestra. The recording quality is superb. In other words, everything comes together perfectly to provide a real treasure trove that I find myself returning to time and time again and again if I want some life-affirming and uplifting music.
So if you already own some Glazunov and want more, this is where to find it. And if you don't already have any, I suggest just going ahead and taking the plunge with this set (out of print on CD but available for download at a modest price). I very much doubt you'll have any regrets.
I won't dwell overmuch on individual works here - the discs were originally released separately by Warner and have been extensively reviewed in some depth on both US and UK Amazon sites, as well as in the musical press (and with a background knowledge and eloquence I can't hope to match). For me, what makes these recordings so invaluable is Serebrier's combination of an eye for detail with a strong sense of the larger picture; although every nuance of Glazunov's consummate scoring comes through, the conductor never loses the forward momentum or sense of line - no mean feat when the composer was sometimes all-too-easily tempted into (admittedly charming) digressions along his symphonic path. The expansive finales of the second, third and fourth symphonies in particular bear witness to what a really sympathetic and thoughtful conductor can achieve in music that would (and has) come across as long-winded in less careful hands. Paradoxically, the one movement that seriously disappointed me is the hectic and overcrowded cyclical finale to the seventh symphony - I say paradoxically because I think that movement's profusion of ideas and general busyness lend it a charm of its own that can seemingly overcome even the most disinterestedly waved baton yet here Serebrier pulls the music around too much for its own good and he makes portentous and heavy weather of the more grandiose brass pronouncements. It's not a deal-breaker by any means but, from a personal point of view, it slightly mars what is an exceptional reading of the score otherwise (I don't think I have heard a more beautiful performance of the `Andante' second movement, and I have multiple recordings of this work in my collection).
Welcome though these superb performances of the symphonies are, they are only half the story in this generous collection: Serebrier brings much the same insight to bear on the concertos and sundry orchestral works presented here. Of these, I was only really previously familiar with the violin concerto and Concerto Ballata (for cello) - they get fine readings here, both from Serebrier and his orchestra and from the soloists. The recording I have of the former is that by Oscar Shumsky and Neemi Järvi on Chandos, a sumptuous and full-blooded performance in no less opulent sound quality that really makes the most of Glazunov's orchestral textures; it is coupled with the short ballet, `The Seasons' (which shares all the same virtues, performance and sound wise) but no-one choosing this set need feel that they are missing out on worthwhile versions of either score and the sound quality of this Warner set has a clarity to it that really accentuates the filigree detail in Glazunov's instrumentation.
The cello and saxophone concertos are later works and strike me as rather wan compared to the music Glazunov wrote at the height of his creativity but he was, to the end, too much of a professional to produce music that doesn't at least bring pleasure and they balance any sense of routine with elegance of form and melodic amiability. The piano concertos were new to me, so I can't offer any comparisons to other performances but I thought them much stronger in invention and profile than the later concertos I just mentioned: they eschew the barnstorming Romantic-era rhetoric of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov and stand perhaps more in a line of descent from Rimsky-Korsakov and Balakirev, who admired the poetry of Chopin as much as they did the pyrotechnics of Liszt.
Aside from `The Seasons', the most significant filler here is the selection of music from the full length ballet, `Raymonda', a lovely score that is well-worth getting to know in its entirety. Glazunov was certainly on top form here and while there were episodes and dances from the complete work that I missed, the suite here is judiciously put together. Possibly Serebrier misses some of the fervour and theatricality that other conductors have found in the score - Svetlanov's complete recording on Melodiya, for example - but the sound quality is excellent and as a `concert hall' conception of the music it works well generally.
Indeed, sound quality is very good throughout. I read a review recently (of Glazunov's string quartets, if I recall correctly) that ventured the opinion that his richly decorative orchestration can sometimes hide or outshine the compositional ingenuity of his music and I think that it was a point well made. Whether it be the recording quality or Serebrier's careful handling of his orchestral forces or both combined, there is no such concern here: the heavily-scored opening movement of the fifth symphony, for example, is performed here with every intricate detail of Glazunov's argument to the fore but without any distortion of orchestral balance or any loss of weight; and it is similarly so in the seventh symphony, a work of considerable contrapuntal dexterity, in which Glazunov's thematic lines are clearly delineated to marvellous effect.
For a composer who is deemed to be neglected and undervalued, Glazunov has been served quite well on disc with several complete symphony cycles in the stereo era; of these alternative versions, the most successful to my mind are two of the oldest - that by Fedoseyev and Järvi's cycle for Orfeo. The sound quality of the former really doesn't measure up to this new recording, although the fervent and dramatic performances Fedoseyev elicits from his orchestra are well worth hearing, and while I retain a great deal of affection for Järvi's cycle, it really isn't competitive while it remains in the catalogues as full price (and not especially generously filled) individual discs. The Naxos recordings, despite some decent performances and reasonable sound quality, are completely outclassed by Serebrier's readings - and, despite Naxos being a budget label, they are completely outclassed in terms of value-for-money too now due to this repackaged Warner compilation. As far as other versions go, I have ventured into some of the Glazunov recordings by Rozhdestvensky (on Olympia, now defunct), Polyansky (Chandos) and Otaka (BIS) but found the results variable in success so didn't end up following the complete series.
I'm aware that I have probably dwelled too long on this review. I do urge you to read the reviews of the original discs that were posted as they were released individually - both on here and on the US Amazon site. For me, although I don't think Glazunov is an unrecognised genius and although I recognise that his symphonic structures could sometimes be hampered by his academic outlook, I really wouldn't want to be without his music. If you want to hear superlative performances of his symphonic works that showcase his best and make the best of his less good, you really need look no further than this invaluable set.