A humorous (but maybe also serious?) article Glazunov submitted to a magazine after he was asked to make an opinion about Richard Strauss... yep, we can see where this is going...
On the Dangers of Music
I can cite a few examples of the negative impact of music, but I can not help, first of all, not expressing perplexity for the following reason.
How can the public understand the work of Strauss's Elektra? We, the professionals do not understand the
Updated Feb-27-2016 at 01:52 by Huilunsoittaja
Coombs divides the solo piano music of Glazunov into 4 volumes, each one featuring at least one long work. Thus, the Theme and Variations op. 72, the 2 piano sonatas, and the Prelude and Fugues op. 101 are all on separate discs. Coombs made sure to add works without opus number as well, including a few student works of bizarre maturity. In this way, Coombs gives each work its due, and thus making the volumes have a kind of big-picture progression in and of itself.
1. Barbirolli (cond.), City of London Sinfonia (1962)
2. A. Davis (cond.), BBC Symphony Orchestra (1990)
3. Marriner (cond.), Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (1972)
Stephen Coombs is the only person on the planet to have learned the near entirety of Glazunov's piano music, and also to have recorded it. There are a number of complete solo music compilations out there, most notably by Duane Hulbert and Tatiana Franova, but neither of those pianists have also done the 2 Piano Concertos whereas Coombs has, all for the Hyperion label. If there was a pianist who monopolized on a single composer, Coombs would be it for Glazunov. His discography:
Updated Dec-27-2015 at 05:23 by Huilunsoittaja
1. Heifetz, Reiner (cond.), Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1955)
2. Oistrakh, Klemperer (cond.), French National Radio Orchestra (1958)
3. Oistrakh, Szell (cond.), Cleveland Orchestra (1969)