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This must be the bargain of the year. Glazunov's superb symphonies,if much underrated, in excellent performances and recordings! Not only are symphonies 1-9 included but all the concerti, plus The Seasons and excerpts from Raymonda. Ideal listening for someone coming 'new' to this melodious, beautifully crafted late-romantic music. VERY strongly recommended - especially at the price!
There are some excellent performances here and some delights to enjoy: the Violin Concerto, Chant du Menestrel, some sparkling scherzi from the symphonies, and generally Glazunov's wonderful orchestration. You can hear a "but" coming though. Over the years I have listened to most of these works many times and haven't changed my views that the melodic content is often rather weak, and there is too much reliance on sequence and canonic repetition which just becomes tiresome. If you do want these works, the set is a bargain.
This is a glorious collection. Serebrier really understands this music very well.
Glazunov may not be up to the standard set by Borodin, Mussorgsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. And he is certainly not in Tchaikovsky's league. But when he is at his most truly inspired, as in many of the symphonic scherzos, the listener is transported to that exotic world of late-nineteenth century Russian classical music which is so entrancing.
The recordings are excellent; the performances (so far as I can judge, not having previously heard the music) are also excellent. The problem is that there is no information about the composer or the music. All we are told about the composer is his year of birth/death. We are told nothing about his life. There is no information about the music - such as when it was composed, the circumstances of composition. Eg. The seventh symphony is subtitled "The Pastoral"; why? For this reason alone, I can only give this item 3 stars
For anyone wanting to explore Glazunov's orchestral works this set is a must. Excellent performances , clear well recorded sound and a generous amount of music packed into 8 discs. Glazunov works have been eclipsed over time by those of his immediate Russian contemporaries Rachmaninov and Skriabin, but there is much to enjoy here beyond the often performed "Seasons". I found the fourth and eighth symphonies and the violin concerto particularly compelling and the set is in my view a bargain.