No 1: Veloce
No 2: Andante con moto
No 3: Sordamente
Alexandrov possesses simultaneously the typical characteristics of both the academy and the salon. He is without doubt a composer who is concerned with style and whose compositional technique is perfect. There are no particular innovations in the dreams of this art, which is tightly locked in a world of old traditions, and in which occasional concessions to the modern era sometimes ring out shyly. […] Located somewhere between the two extremes of the innovators and the extreme conservatives, he is held in equal esteem by both camps. A certain anaemic quality, a lack of fiery emotion, a rational approach to composition, that is neither hot nor cold but lukewarm, distinguishes his lyricism from that of Rachmaninov. […] Yet Alexandrov must be considered as one of the most powerful composers of our time and on a par with Myaskovsky, who is likewise little tempted by innovation and is equally devoted to the unwritten rules of ‘old music’.
from notes by Christoph Flamm © 2002
English: Roland Smithers