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Glazunov: Symphony No. 7 - Kütson

Glazunov: Symphony No. 7 - Kütson

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Glazunov: Symphony No. 7; Poème lyrique, Stenka Razin, Overture Carnaval

Niederrheinische Sinfoniker
Mihkel Kütson (conductor)

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Comment by hiredfox - January 16, 2022 (1 of 6)

I've never really understood why Alexander Glazunov's Symphony cycle has not enjoyed widely popularity, they are rarely heard on radio or in the concert hall yet all are most agreeable and provide satisfying listening. Sadly until now only the 4th and 5th symphonies have been recorded in SACD so this release on SACD of the 7th is welcomed with open arms.

Jaarvi's mid-80's's CD cycle was outstanding in every way and a must buy at the time. Hopefully with two SACD releases in quick succession recentlywe may yet see a flush of new recordings of these overlooked gems.

Comment by Contrapunctus - January 18, 2022 (2 of 6)

Thank you so much for pointing out this new release. I would have missed it without your comment, for sure. I have been an enthusiastic admirer, collector and listener of Glazunov's works for more than 30 years now. Although most of his works are not available on SACD/hires, I'd strongly recommend Utrecht String Quartet's recordings of Glazunov's complete string quartets (5 RBCDs, MDG).

Comment by Contrapunctus - January 20, 2022 (3 of 6)

For me, this 7th is without doubt and reservation my new favorite recording (I know and own the Järvi, Otaka, Serebrier, Polyansky, Fedosseyev, Svetlanov and Naxos cycles). I've never heard the 2nd movement played so relaxed and beautifully - and recorded in such a good sound. Kütson allows the music especially in slower passages to unfold all its late-romantic harmonic glory. Strongly recommended!

It would be fantastic if MDG, Kütson and the Niederrheinische Symphoniker could do more Glazunov! (Unfortunately, after reading the booklet, this disc seems to be only a one-shot.)

Comment by hiredfox - January 21, 2022 (4 of 6)

Excellent news

Comment by Adrian Quanjer - January 21, 2022 (5 of 6)

I have 4 (Nos 1,4,5,7) out of the 8 recorded By Melodia in Moscow (USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra / Gennady Rozhdestvensky) digitized by Distronics (UK) Ltd. (no dates given, but I assume copied from the old 1980-ies Vinyl series) the existence of which I had forgotten until reading these comments.

It is the kind of music everybody in Eastern Europe loves. My problem with the symphonies of Glazunov is that there is nothing wrong, nor anything special. Upon first hearing, they come across as charming, lyrical, and Russian, but upon repeated listening, one loses interest because they lack emotional character. A compilation of Russian folk tunes but no ingenuity. A far cry away from the impact any of the Tchaikovsky symphonies deliver time and again. But this is, of course, a personnel opinion and shouldn't distract Contrapunctes from enjoying the quality of Glasunov's craftsmanship

Comment by hiredfox - April 9, 2022 (6 of 6)

I can understand where Adrian is coming from as a general comment on Glazunov's music but don't let that deter you from buying this excellent disc.

The NDR Symphony play with admirable sensitivity and joie-de-vivre especially in the 7th Symphony in an engaging and uplifting performance of Glazunov's Pastoral which in my book has almost as much credence as the German Master's 6th. A trio of his most popular pieces completes the programme. MDG once again delivers a highly convincing and unadulterated acoustic from their 2+2+2 recording arrangement that is realised even in stereo.

If you like honey on your yoghurt this is for you, strongly recommended.