New CD of the Week | Glazunov: Complete Concertos 

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.