The Music of Glazunov played by the Shostakovich String Quartet in a new ALTO release (ALC1444) is delightful in every aspect, from the clean engineering to the informative accompanying booklet.

The Shostakovich Quartet plays music by Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936), a Russian composer, and conductor, director of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory between 1905 and 1928 and a key figure in Russian music during the last two decades of the 19th century and the first three of the 20th century, even after the onset of the Bolshevik Revolution and his leaving the Soviet Union in 1938. 

Glazunov’s music is profoundly Romantic and Russian at its core, melodic, harmonically traditional though rich and now and then inspired by the folk melodies of his native country. His String Quartet No.3, “Slavonic” is structured in four movements: an opening Allegro, a quiet Lento, an Allegretto, and a finale featuring a lively Mazurka.

The CD also includes the String Quartet, No. 5 and music from “The Fridays

The estimable Shostakovich String Quartet draws out the Russian flavor in every bar of the charming compositions of this neglected figure.

Rafael de Acha     ALL ABOUT THE ARTS