Evgeny Svetlanov

The Anthology of Russian Symphony Music, Vol. 3: Alexander Glazunov

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AllMusic Review by James Leonard

This second six-disc set of Alexander Glazunov's orchestral works led by Evgeny Svetlanov is every bit as good as the first set. Covering mostly works from the second half of the Russian late Romantic's career, it includes the entire three-act Raymonda ballet, the four-scene ballet The Seasons, the Ballet Suite, the Fortune-Telling and Dance, and the Introduction and Dance, from the incidental music for Wilde's Salome. Also included are three elegiac symphonic preludes, a march, a procession, an overture, an orchestral suite, a set of variations, and three works on Finnish subjects. Many of these works have rarely if ever been recorded before, and few recordings can compare with Svetlanov's signature grand manner. He makes Raymonda sing and dance and The Seasons fly by. He gets beneath the skin of Glazunov's tragic works, such as the Song of Fate, as well as his lighter works like the Suite From the Middle Ages, and he makes even slight works like the Ballet Suite seem as charming as possible. While it's impossible to pick a favorite out of so many fine performances, perhaps the most impressive is the Karelian Legend, a wonderfully evocative impression of Finland, which, in Svetlanov's hands, has hints of both Sibelius and Scriabin, while staying faithful to Glazunov's essential allegiance to both tonality and Romanticism. Though recorded over three decades, using a variety of unidentified orchestras, the performances here are uniformly well executed and for the most part reasonably well recorded. One hopes that a third set containing all of Glazunov's symphonies under Svetlanov's direction will not be far behind.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Raymonda, ballet, Op. 57
1 Evgeny Svetlanov 01:57 Amazon
2 Evgeny Svetlanov 04:01 Amazon
3 Evgeny Svetlanov 01:28 Amazon
4 Evgeny Svetlanov 01:12 Amazon
5 Evgeny Svetlanov 00:14 Amazon
6 Evgeny Svetlanov 00:33 Amazon
7 Evgeny Svetlanov 01:49 Amazon
8 Evgeny Svetlanov 00:51 Amazon
9 Evgeny Svetlanov 00:33 Amazon
10 Evgeny Svetlanov 00:45 Amazon
11 Evgeny Svetlanov 01:39 Amazon
12 Evgeny Svetlanov 02:01 Amazon
13 Evgeny Svetlanov 03:23 Amazon
14 Evgeny Svetlanov 01:15 Amazon
15 Evgeny Svetlanov 01:20 Amazon
16 Evgeny Svetlanov 03:27 Amazon
17 Evgeny Svetlanov 02:09 Amazon
18 Evgeny Svetlanov 01:13 Amazon
19 Evgeny Svetlanov 02:35 Amazon
20 Evgeny Svetlanov 03:25 Amazon
21 Evgeny Svetlanov 04:13 Amazon
22 Evgeny Svetlanov 01:28 Amazon
23 Evgeny Svetlanov 02:00 Amazon
24 Evgeny Svetlanov 04:38 Amazon
25 Evgeny Svetlanov 03:49 Amazon
26 Evgeny Svetlanov 00:57 Amazon
27 Evgeny Svetlanov 00:55 Amazon
28 Evgeny Svetlanov 00:53 Amazon
29 Evgeny Svetlanov 04:38 Amazon
30 Evgeny Svetlanov 00:36 Amazon
31 Evgeny Svetlanov 02:32 Amazon
32 Evgeny Svetlanov 00:24 Amazon
33 Evgeny Svetlanov 01:28 Amazon
34 Evgeny Svetlanov 01:31 Amazon
35 Evgeny Svetlanov 00:49 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Raymonda, ballet, Op. 57
1 Evgeny Svetlanov 02:02 Amazon
2 Evgeny Svetlanov 02:08 Amazon
3 Evgeny Svetlanov 01:44 Amazon
4 Evgeny Svetlanov 04:00 Amazon
5 Evgeny Svetlanov 00:57 Amazon
6 Evgeny Svetlanov 01:40 Amazon
7 Evgeny Svetlanov 01:11 Amazon
8 Evgeny Svetlanov 01:14 Amazon
9 Evgeny Svetlanov 02:39 Amazon
10 Evgeny Svetlanov 00:46 Amazon
11 Evgeny Svetlanov 01:21 Amazon
12 Evgeny Svetlanov 00:40 Amazon
13 Evgeny Svetlanov 00:48 Amazon
14 Evgeny Svetlanov 02:05 Amazon
15 Evgeny Svetlanov 01:56 Amazon
16 Evgeny Svetlanov 02:39 Amazon
17 Evgeny Svetlanov 01:41 Amazon
18 Evgeny Svetlanov 01:27 Amazon
19 Evgeny Svetlanov 02:20 Amazon
20 Evgeny Svetlanov 05:05 Amazon
21 Evgeny Svetlanov 02:45 Amazon
22 Evgeny Svetlanov 04:05 Amazon
23 Evgeny Svetlanov 03:45 Amazon
24 Evgeny Svetlanov 01:36 Amazon
25 Evgeny Svetlanov 02:20 Amazon
26 Evgeny Svetlanov 03:55 Amazon
27 Evgeny Svetlanov 00:59 Amazon
28 Evgeny Svetlanov 01:19 Amazon
29 Evgeny Svetlanov 00:54 Amazon
30 Evgeny Svetlanov 02:10 Amazon
31 Evgeny Svetlanov 02:04 Amazon
32 Evgeny Svetlanov 02:20 Amazon
33 Evgeny Svetlanov 02:20 Amazon
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