Oddly, this is the first-ever recording of the complete concertos by Russian master, Alexander Glazunov. Conductor, Jose Serebrier is already established as a Glazunov master. Exhibit A: his recording of the complete Glazunov symphonies with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Glazunov: Complete Concertos features Serebrier with the Russian National Orchestra. It includes five concertos, a pageantry of beautiful showpieces for violin, saxophone, cello and two for piano.
Having studied with Rimsky-Korsakov and Dmitri Shostakovich, Glazunov was hailed as the great torch-bearer of the Russian musical tradition heading into the 20th century. You can hear Glazunov's lyrical gift threaded throughout this bargain 2-disc set. In his Piano Concerto #1, you also hear a bit of Rachmaninov. The Piano Concerto #2, beautifully executed by Alexander Romanovsky, echoes Tchaikovsky.
Rachel Barton-Pine shines in the exquisite Violin Concerto on Glazunov: Complete Concertos (are we surprised?). The saxophone gets a rare nod in Glazunov's very last work (1935), written a year before the composer's death for saxophonist, Sigurd Rascher. One interesting historic connection: Serebrier recorded the Saxophone Concerto with Rascher in 1961. Finally, the Concerto Ballata for Cello and Orchestra was dedicated to cello icon, Pablo Casals.
Also included are three delightful miniatures: Chant du ménestrel (Minstrel's Song), Rêverie, and Meditation (played by Rachel Barton-Pine), adding a lovely touch to make Glazunov: Complete Concertos a great choice for any classical collection.