Personalities | Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov | Late Romantic | Classical

(Al-yek’-san’-der Kon-stan-te-no’-vich Gla’-zoo-nof) 1865–1936
Russian composer

Glazunov was heir to the nationalism of ‘The Five’ and the cosmopolitanism of Tchaikovsky. He studied with Rimsky-Korsakov and completed many of Borodin’s works after he died, notating the overture to Prince Igor from memory. In the 1880s and 1890s he enjoyed international fame for works such as the tone-poem Stenka Razin (1885), the ballet Raymonda (1896–97) and early symphonies. While Director of the St Petersburg Conservatory (1905–22) he composed his finest works, the Seventh and Eighth Symphonies (1902, 1906) and concertos for violin and piano; after the 1917 Revolution he was honoured as People’s Artist of the Republic. In 1928 Glazunov settled in Paris, but composed little apart from a masterly Saxophone Concerto (1931).

Recommended Recording:
Violin Concerto in A Minor, op. 82, Nathan Milstein, Pittsburgh SO (cond) William Steinberg (EMI/Warner)

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