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GLAZUNOV: 5 Novelettes / String Quintet in A major

Composer(s):Glazunov, Alexander Konstantinovich
Artist(s) Rosen, Nathaniel, cello • Fine Arts Quartet, Ensemble
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.570256
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


A composer of precocious talent, Glazunov came of a generation that was able to benefit from the inspiration of the Russioan nationalost composers and the increased professionalism of the conservatories. His attractive Five Novelettes, a set of finely crafted genre pieces with hints of Spanish, Hungarian and Oriental dance rythms, were written when he was sixteen. His String Quintet of ten years later shows similar assurance. Like Schubert's it is scored for two cellos, an instrument for which Glazunov had a particular fondness.


Review By Guy Whit,,May 2009

Memorable in every way…Glazunov proves, if proof were needed, that he is a minor master. Maybe not original (all rather of the previous generation perhaps - Tchaikovsky, even Dvořák is apparent) but liltingly graceful and memorable. Yes, memorable. The performances are superb: fresh, alert and deeply musical. Recorded sound is similarly impressive. Another Naxos triumph in fact.

Review By Putti,,March 2009

Fantastische Rarität…Insbesondere die hier vom Fine Arts Quartett eingespielten “Noveletten” sind ganz fantastische Beispiele der feinen, angenehmen und dennoch tiefgründigen Kompositionskunst Glasunows. Das Fine Arts Quartett interpretiert die Stücke hinreißend, mit Schwung und Empathie für das Werk.

Review By ,Penguin Guide,January 2009

Glazunov’s warmly attractive lyricism as well as his technical mastery come out winningly in both these works, not least the Novelettes charming genre pieces, each echoing a different national dance, Spanish, Hungarian, Oriental, and so on. The String Quintet of 1891, like Schubert’s great C major Quintet, adds a second cello to the string quartet. It is beautifully fashioned and mellifluous, with the first movement introduced by the viola unaccompanied, a sonata movement full of attractive themes. The second-movement Scherzo with its pizzicato writing leads on to the Andante sostenuto, the longest and weightiest of the four. The work is brilliantly rounded off with a Russian dance. The Fine Arts Quartet plus Nathanial Rosen on the second


Review By ,,November 2007

I cannot resist Glazunov's sweetly melodious String Quintet and the Five Novelettes on a new Naxos CD (8.570256), gorgeously performed by the Fine Art Quartet, with Nathaniel Rosen playing the second cello. Full review

Review By ,,November 2007

Die hervorragende Einspielung von A. Glasunows Streichquintett op.39, einem Meisterwerk der Gattung, mit dem Fine Arts Quartett und Nathaniel Rosen schliesst eine Lücke im so reichhaltigen Katalog von Naxos...das Fine Arts Quartett und der Cellist Nathaniel Rosen legen eine in allen Belangen überzeugende Interpretation dieses Meisterwerkes vor...Die orchestrale Anlage des Quintetts scheint wie geschaffen für das Fine Arts Quartett und Nathaniel Rosen, die das Werk stets in vollen Zügen auskosten und technische oder intonatorische Probleme nicht zu kennen scheinen."

Review By Christopher Latham,Limelight Magazine,November 2007

I was delighted to review this particular CD because I have been waiting almost 20 years for a recording of the Five Novelettes by Alexander Glazunov, having bought the sheet music in a second-hand music store as a young student. I am also glad to see that Russian composers such as Glazunov are finally being recognized and played in the West…Glazunov was a great admirer of Brahms, and wrote a large body of late Romantic works which included nine symphonies, seven string quartets and a famous violin concerto. His music is very reminiscent of both Brahms and Tchaikovsky but sunnier and lighter than both of them. I found the Novelettes to be totally charming, in fact delightful. The string quintet is a good piece without being great, but is absolutely


Review By Andrew Fraser,Music Australia Guide,July 2007

Five Novelettes opening this CD were written at the age of 16, and what a joy they are. Using Spanish, Hungarian and ‘Oriental’ melodies, the Novelettes are free spirited and highly enjoyable. The String Quintet was written ten years later and is equally competent, but less energetic. The Fine Arts Quartet and cellist Nathaniel Rosen obviously enjoy this music, as weill anyone who takes the time to listen.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,March 2007

Seldom heard or recorded, the disc makes a welcome addition to the catalogue.


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