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Four Preludes and Fugues, Op 101
composer
1918

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'Glazunov: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 3' (CDA66855)
Glazunov: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 3
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No 1 in A minor. Movement 1: Prelude
Track 3 on CDA66855 [4'28] Archive Service
No 1 in A minor. Movement 2: Fugue
Track 4 on CDA66855 [9'22] Archive Service
No 2 in C sharp minor. Movement 1: Prelude
Track 5 on CDA66855 [2'18] Archive Service
No 2 in C sharp minor. Movement 2: Fugue
Track 6 on CDA66855 [6'29] Archive Service
No 3 in C minor. Movement 1: Prelude
Track 7 on CDA66855 [2'52] Archive Service
No 3 in C minor. Movement 2: Fugue
Track 8 on CDA66855 [4'29] Archive Service
No 4 in C major. Movement 1: Prelude
Track 9 on CDA66855 [2'33] Archive Service
No 4 in C major. Movement 2: Fugue
Track 10 on CDA66855 [4'31] Archive Service

Four Preludes and Fugues, Op 101
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In 1910 and 1915 Glazunov wrote two more preludes and fugues for organ, but it was not until 1918 that he completed his Four Preludes and Fugues, Op 101, for piano. They are a towering achievement. By 1918 Glazunov’s music must have seemed anachronistic. Stravinsky and Prokofiev were the new voices of Russian music and we can hear Glazunov’s attempts to keep up with the avant-garde in his Two Prelude-Improvisations, also written in 1918. It is all the more surprising, therefore, that at this particular time he should have embarked on a set of preludes and fugues. Whilst young composers quietly laughed behind his back, Glazunov set out to demonstrate his compositional skill in this most intellectually demanding medium. The result is amazing. The first in the set is in A minor and is the longest of the four. Solemn and imposing, it has a breadth and solidity which never becomes long-winded. The second, in C sharp minor, is more chromatic and intricate with a sinuous subject which seems to twist around itself. The third, in C minor, has a prelude of wonderfully delicate beauty, whilst its fugue has a first subject based on alternating fifths and fourths. The last of the four, in C major, is the shortest and has a five-voice fugue of imposing sonority.

from notes by Stephen Coombs © 1996

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Details for CDA66855 track 10
No 4 in C major, Movement 2: Fugue
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-96-85510
Duration
4'31
Recording date
27 October 1995
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Paul Spicer
Recording engineer
Ken Blair
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  1. Glazunov: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 3 (CDA66855)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: May 1996
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