Symphony No.2 (Op.16, 1886) was composed by A. Glazunov under the influence of symphonic works by A. Borodin. E. Svetlanov characterizes the symphony in the following way: „…heroic scope, undoubtedly coming from Borodin, will be later revealed in a remarkable poem "Stenka Razin". One is tempted to call Symphony No. 2 "Volzhskaya'".
A. Glazunov's Symphony No.8 (Op.83,1906) is his last one and "the most perfect one", says Evgeni Svetlanov. The Symphony is full of meditations of essence of life and existence of all alive.
At the end of the score Glazunov wrote "finished on the 18th of October, 1905 the day of granting Russian people freedom or, better to say, peaceful winning this freedom".
True to A. Glazunov's vital and creative optimism the development of the 8th Symphony ends with the triumph of will, light and reason.
The work which conductor Evgeni Svetlanov has been carrying on together with the USSR Symphony Orchestra has no analogy in the recording business. They have recorded "Anthology of Russian Symphony Music", and all symphonies by A. Glazunov concluded this unique work.
"Karelian Legend" (Op.99,1916) is one of the last works by A. Glazunov. Karelian folk fairy-tales inspired the composer to write it. Music of the Legend is remarkable for its splendour and ornament. Here Glazunov used various orchestral effects being in perfect command of them.
Symphony No.6 (Op.58, 1896) created by A. Glazunov only a year after Symphony No.5, is distinguished among his other symphonies by its dramatic psychology, passionate agitation, particularly in the 1st movement. The 2nd and 3rd movements — Tema con variazioni and Intermezzo — are distinguished by light and clearness of colouring, even by a slight touch of chamber. The CD also features the symphonic miniatures by A. Glazunov: arrangement of «Volga Boatmen's Song» (1905), Serenade No.1 (Op.7) one of the earliest works of the composer, dated back to 1883 and Characteristic Dance (Op.68) composed in 1899.
Symphony No.3 (Op.33, 1890) is the only lyrical symphony in A. Glazunov's heritage. Its genre peculiarity reveals itself already in dedication to P. Tchaikovsky, one of the teachers of the composer, whose influence is felt both in the compositional structure of the whole cycle and in its separate parts. One can trace a certain analogy with Symphony No.4 by P. Tchaikovsky. The interpretation of Symphony No.3 by A. Glazunov given on this CD suggests the same idea.
Of all the Blue Note artists of the 1960s, tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley may very well be the most underrated. A consistent player whose style evolved throughout the decade, Mobley wrote a series of inventive and challenging compositions that inspired the all-stars he used on his recordings while remaining in the genre of hard bop. For this lesser-known outing, Mobley teams up with trumpeter Donald Byrd, pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Billy Higgins for four of his songs (given such colorful titles as "A Dab of This and That," "No Argument," "The Hippity Hop," and "Bossa for Baby"), along with a song apiece from Byrd and Jimmy Heath. An excellent outing, fairly late in the productive career of Hank Mobley.
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