- Original Release Date: 13 April 2000
- Label: Naxos
- Copyright: (C) 2000 Naxos
- Total Length: 59:07
- ASIN: B001M0128Q
|Play||1. Symphony No. 6 in C minor, Op. 58: I Adagio - Allegro appassionato||11:05||Album Only|
|Play||2. Symphony No. 6 in C minor, Op. 58: II Theme and Variations||11:04||Album Only|
|Play||3. Symphony No. 6 in C minor, Op. 58: III Intermezzo: Allegretto||4:53||£0.69|
|Play||4. Symphony No. 6 in C minor, Op. 58: IV Finale: Andante maestoso - Moderato maestoso - Scherzando - Allegro pesante - Allegro moderato -||11:03||Album Only|
|Play||5. Les (The Forest), Op. 19: The Forest, Op. 19||21:01||Album Only|
The symphonic poem "The Forest", of 1887 is a more youthful endeavor from Glazunov. Despite some echoes from Liszt and Wagner, the piece is remarkably resourceful, inventive, and imaginative. I would not be surprised if Paul Dukas listened to this work before composing Sorceress Apprendice. The orchestration is especially a sign of sheer craftsmanship and certainly measures up to Stanka Razin, the Sea, and to a large extent, the Seasons.
Alexander Anissimov and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra performed the works with strong advocacy and commitment. The Sixth Symphony was especially well performed and I admire the warmth he brings @ the middle movements. Anissimov's chose of tempi in the First and Third movements is questionable, however. I find them lacking zest and a sense of urgency. Fedoseyev and the USSR Radio and Television Large Symphony Orchestra managed to be absolutely thrilling in their performance of the work. Meanwhile Golovanov and the Moscow Large Radio Symphony and to some extent Svetlanov and the USSR State Symphony added more charisma and individuality in theirs. Furthermore, the brass of Moscow Symphony under Anissimov is disappointinly muddled and lacks the crisp and bloom of the London Symphony under Yodani Butt (ASV recording) or of Fedoseyev's orchestra for that matter. The strings likewise lack a certain weight. Anissimov's performance of "The Forest" is altogether well done, although lacks Svetlanov's sense of refinement and imagination in places.
The recording quality is fair and tolerable, although rather congested and lacks atmosphere and dynamic range compared to the ASV's recording of the Symphony.
To sum up, this Naxos CD is recommendable, despite my strong preference towards Fedoseyev's Melodiya LP recording (never re-issued into a CD medium). Should you be a person who desires a first-class recording of the work, then go for Butt and the London Symphony under ASV (with the performance hardly less passionate than Anissimov's). But should you desire pure passion, authority, and charisma, then look for the Fedoseyev's Melodiya recording (in a library or in any record shops specializing in collecting old and new recordings of rare masterworks). The Olympia CD reissue of Rozhdestvensky & the Ministry of Culture Symphony is worth looking into, despite his questionable choice tempo in the First movement (Incidentially a little slower than Anissimov's). Otherwise, this Naxos CD is worth checking out, though not really a first choice.
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