Glazunov/Dvorak

COMPOSERS: Glazunov/Dvorak
LABELS: Naxos
WORKS: Violin Concerto in A minor; Violin Concerto in A minor; Romance in F minor, Op. 11
PERFORMER: Ilya Kaler (violin), Polish National RSO/ Camilla Kolchinsky
CATALOGUE NO: 8.550758 DDD
Kaler’s playing of these Romantic, sweetly-tuned works is excellent. His technique copes more than adequately with the technical demands of the Glazunov, a composer considered bourgeois in post-1917 Russia and dealt an uncharitable blow here by a critic who said he led Russian music in a comfortable decline into ignominious mediocrity. Not so, his work deserves as high a profile as Dvorák’s whose concerto and Romance are sympathetically presented. Christopher Fifield

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