Glazunov Symphonies

Glaz fedoseyev

Alexander Glazunov [1865-1936] may not be as well-known as Tchaikovsky, but this Russian composer still has a lot to offer. Beautiful melodies and charming works abound in his compositions, and if you are a Tchaikovsky fan, he is well worth checking out. While his most popular works are theballets The Seasons and Raymonda along with the Violin Concerto, the 8 Symphonies also have a lot to offer.There are some super bargain sets of symphonies on MP3 that have been released lately, and if you want to explore Glazunov’s works more, here are a few sets to check out:

Vladimir Fedoseyev and theMoscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
This set is older and the sound is not spectacular, typical of Melodia era recordings from the 60s-70s, but the performances are right up there with the best, and at $3.99 for the whole symphony set, this is the best bargain out there.
http://world.ultramaroon.net/amz-glaz-fedoseyev

Otaka and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales on BIS has better sound, but the playing is missing that last bit of punch, but again, at $5.99 this is an excellent bargain.

My favorite recordings are by Jarvi on the Orfeo label with various orchestras, and these performances sing, but are currently only on CD, and at $25 or so per CD an expensive proposition. I have collected the entire set over the years used, and are definitely worth acquiring if you can get a reasonable deal on them, but the Fedoseyev set is a close second.

The recent-era recordings by Jose Serebrier and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra et. al. have been compiled in an 8-box set along with various concertos. If you are looking for a reasonable CD set with great sound, this is the way to go. I have several of the individual CD releases and none of them have disappointed.

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