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listen  1. Symphony No. 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 16: I. Andante maestoso: Allegro13:30Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 16: II. Andante10:33Album Only
listen  3. Symphony No. 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 16: III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace 8:23Album Only
listen  4. Symphony No. 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 16: IV. Intrada: Andante sostenuto12:28Album Only
listen  5. Symphony No. 7 in F major, Op. 77, "Pastora'nayal": I. Allegro moderato 8:03Album Only
listen  6. Symphony No. 7 in F major, Op. 77, "Pastora'nayal": II. Andante 9:16Album Only
listen  7. Symphony No. 7 in F major, Op. 77, "Pastora'nayal": III. Scherzo: Allegro giocoso 5:31$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Symphony No. 7 in F major, Op. 77, "Pastora'nayal": IV. Finale: Allegro maestoso10:00Album Only

Product Details

  • Orchestra: Moscow Symphony Orchestra
  • Composer: A. Glazunov
  • Audio CD (April 8, 1997)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000014F8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,705 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Evan Wilson on November 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Glazunov's eight symphonies (there is one movement from a projected 9th symphony) are somewhat of a mixed bag. They sound like a cross of the Russian romanticism of Rimsky-Korsakov with the emotionalism of Tchaikovsky. But, Glazunov was a facile composer who sometimes relied more on his formidable technique than on inspiration. The results, therefore, range from the wonderful spontineity of his precocious 1st symphony to the absolutely turgid 8th which lacks a single inspired bar.
This unevenness has apparently affected conductors, because there is no complete cycle by any conductor that is totally compelling. The recently completed Naxos series with Alexander Anissimov conducting the Moscow Symphony is an excellent example of this trend. One coupling in this series (Syms. 1 & 4) is an outright failure. Another (Sym. 6 with a filler) is pretty good, but not spectacular. The 3rd symphony is given about the best performance one can expect for such a monster, but the conductor trudges through the uninspired movement for the 9th symphony. The most recent (Syms. 5 & 8) finds the conductor interested in 5 and understandably bored by 8.
The best of the series is the one under review. Here Anissimov glories in the colors of these pieces and keeps things moving along. Both pieces contain wonderful themes and that bright Russian orchestration which makes pieces like the "Russian Easter Overture" of Rimsky Korsakov a joy.
Still, even here it appears that Anissimov is not totally sold on the quality of the music. Glazunov needs a conductor who will bull through the flat patches with flair AS IF they were great music. Instead, Anissimov seems to get bored with these patches.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Saemann VINE VOICE on December 6, 2008
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In its recordings for Naxos, the Moscow Symphony rarely performs under a first-rate conductor. So, the chance to hear them under the excellent Alexander Anissimov is extremely welcome. Here, the orchestra displays the best characteristics of Russian orchestral sound, a real plus when playing Glazunov. The strings are rich and dark. The winds and the brass are especially noble sounding, with particularly idiomatic playing from the first flute and the first clarinet. All this would be pointless if the interpretations weren't as satisfying as they are. As in his splendid Rachmaninoff Symphony cycle, Anissimov conducts with tremendous control, bringing out the subtlest effects that elude most other conductors. There is plenty of power when required, and the overall feeling is of the intense classicism that Glazunov subjects his symphonic writing to. The sound engineering has the typical characteristics of the Mosfilm Studio: a trifle murky, but basically full sounding and pretty clear. I have enjoyed no album of Glazunov Symphonies more than this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dmitri on April 22, 2014
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The Glazunov 7th symphony is my favorite. It is subtitled the "Pastoral," but is much more invigorating than other "pastoral" symphonies like those of Beethoven (his 6th) and Vaughan Williams (his 3rd). This is a symphony with energy and is the first Glazunov symphony to be composed entirely in the 20th century. It is in four movement layout: introductory first movement, slow movement, scherzo, and final movement. It also is the most rugged of Glazunov's symphonies in my opinion. Almost anyone can play it and it sounds convincing. Here it is given a good performance, but by no means am I the judge of what is the best.
Glazunov is more form than substance it seems at times. But the materials in the 7th are rich enough to make it a worth while listening experience.

The 2nd symphony is actually the main work on this CD as it takes up most of the time. It somewhat dwarfs the 7th by it's presence. In my opinion, which is probably in the minority, Glazunov's 2nd is better than his 1st. This is really where the form is over the substance though. Long stretches of music which sometimes seem like no man's land. It also is in a four movement layout: introductory first movement, a slow movement that is mystical and has good writing for winds, a scherzo, and a final movement. This isn't Glazunov at his very best in my opinion, but can be digested as near great Romantic music. It is said that Glazunov was the Russian Brahms. Not liking Brahms 2nd very much I might just reach for this Glazunov 2nd instead, but that is just me.

The Moscow Symphony orchestra is more than adequate for the job here. Anissimov gives fairly neutral performances of each symphony without coloring them too much.
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How should this music be characterised? Like watered-down Balakirev, perhaps? The recorded sound is fine, but would a more dynamic performance change the impression that we get from this disc? It is all very pleasant – euphonious, melodious, romantic, charming – but a bit insipid all the same. I could certainly imagine more impetus in the playing, but whether that would help or just seem out of style I’m not sure.

There is at least one fact that we can hang on to – this is how Moscow’s own symphony orchestra, directed by an all-Russian conductor, think these symphonies should be done. Looking at the composer’s own directions I can sometimes identify what I am reading with what I am hearing, at other times not so much. In particular the scherzo of #2 is marked ‘allegro vivace’: all I can say is ‘You could have kidded me.’ On the other hand (if we have enough hands) this is not my idea of allegro vivace music, more the kind of music suited to the way the Moscow artists play it, so I don’t know which way I should be facing. At least I am not suffering torments of indecision about the question, for the simple reason that I don’t find it a very involving issue.

I looked for guidance and illumination in the liner note, and to some extent I actually got it. The note is from the distinguished pen of Ates Orga. It consists largely of quoting what a variety of other musicians think of Glazunov. At first this annoyed me slightly, and I felt that Orga could have risked at least some kind of summary of his own. However perhaps he is being canny and realistic: very likely he can’t make up his mind about the music and has more sense and integrity than to talk as if he can. The performing artists don’t have the luxury of sitting on the fence, if it counts as a luxury.
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