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Raymonda

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Raymonda is a full-length ballet clearly inspired by Tchaikovsky's three great works for the dance, and it's not far inferior to them. Glazunov was an immense musical talent, and an excellent composer of dance music. His works do run the risk of being labeled "routine," to the extent that he had such an easy gift at writing for orchestra that his music can lack the ultimate melodic distinction. In other words, he sometimes sounds too comfortable. But when suitably inspired, as here, and given a subject that really got his juices flowing, he could rise to the occasion. This is the only complete recording of a ballet score than has many superb moments, and at budget price it's a great value for the money. --David Hurwitz
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 23, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00000149F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,099 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Unlike Tchaikovsky's three ballets, Alexander Glazunov's slightly posterior "Raymonda" isn't very well served on CD. The few full length recordings prove nonetheless that the score can easily stand on its own. "Raymonda" remains one of the youthful composers best efforts in the genre, and indeed in his whole orchestral output, deserving a wider exposure than the limited circle of balletomanes.
Evgeny Svetlanov's formidable version with the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra remains a clear first choice. Yet, the present Naxos release has the advantage of an excellent digital recording. Alexander Anissimov moreover knows Glazunov's music inside out, has conducted the ballet in the theatre, and obtains excellent results from the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. At this price, one doesn't need to hesitate. Recommended.
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For the composer very much a stranger to the stage, Alexander Glazunov surely knew what he was doing when composing the music for a theatrical work for the first time: the music for Raymonda remains as glorious and illuminating as ever. The story of Lydia Pashkova, from which the music is based on, is not quite a masterpiece (it lacks something of a continual inspiration, elegance, and flow of Jane Austen's novels). Yet, there's much to admire (its humaneness is inescapable), even though it takes rather too long for Raymonda to make up her mind. Once more, the over-abundance of divertissements threatens the flow of the ballet more so than in "Sleeping Beauty." Much of it was due to Marius Petipa himself, who wanted to show-off the dancing aspects and techniques of the ballet more than retaining the flowingly symphonic story-telling of Tchaikovsky's aforementioned masterpiece (or of Delibes' "Sylvia" for that matter). But the gamble paid off, at least for the most part, and "Raymonda" remains a well-beloved work for the stage, despite a whole variety of adaptations and changes since its 1898 premiere.

And it is the music that keeps the lustre of "Raymonda" from becoming obtuse. Glazunov, who was by 1896, a very well-known composer in his own right, was commissioned by Ivan Vsevolozhsky, the Director of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres to compose the music for Petipa's new project. The choice could not be any better, for the ancestry (or genealogy) of Glazunov's music extends to Tchaikovsky, Borodin, and Rimsky-Korsakov (and his ability to blend the schools of Russian musical art gives his works a rather unique stamp). Glazunov responded with enthusiasm (or 'animation' as he described the occasion once he was approached with the proposal).
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I can't get enough of this nice ballet music. I have the incomplete Glazunov: Raymonda - Music from the Ballet, and I am getting the complete one here by NAXOS very soon, but it is not the only complete Raymonda, as mentioned in the editorial reviews above. Glazunov: Raymonda (complete) is another complete version I discovered on Amazon, but it is ADD (or AAD?) and rather expensive! I am not a classical music expert, but the NAXOS version with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra sounds really good, and at the price it is offered, it's the one I am going for.
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I have come to know Alexander Glazunov's work too late in life: I fear I don't have enough time remaining to savor it. Now, like a potent German "Eiswein," I must take it in small, delectable amounts. I read that the composer was a 'natural' when it came to penning beauty. I heard he also was a carouser who could play the piano a virtuosi with a cigar in one hand. Having been born into late Imperial Russia privilege, he managed to hang on to it within the roiling, puritan early USSR and succeeded in removing himself to France toward life's end. This cat had and used all of his nine lives!

"Raymonda" certainly supports Glazunov's easy brilliance at the piano and on barred paper: I am neither an opera or a ballet fan, but am captivated by Annisov's NAXOS recording of the title. The work is delicate, smooth, melodious, balanced, and masterful - but it has a hidden aspect: it is comfortable and enticing. One hears the world in such music. When I listen to "Raymonda" I hear Tchaikovsky, a little Glinka, perhaps? and R-Korsakov. Listen closer and we hear Liszt and, maybe a skosch of Wagner. Is there an Austrian there, too? Glazunov links Russian classical sound to that of Western Europe, for which he was for a time revered - and now pays a price for same by not being well known outside Russia's frontiers. All the same, his countrypeople know him and claim him as their own justifiably. LISTEN to Glazunov and find yourself at a grand banquet of beautiful music. Only he, however, could bring the cigar....
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This is a beautiful version of Raymonda. Each selection of music is broken down into small tracts and works well for teaching variations. Though it seems complete, the music for the Bolshoi version of the variation I chose was not included on these discs.
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