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Prelude and two Mazurkas, Op 25
composer
1888

Recordings
'Glazunov: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 4' (CDH55224)
Glazunov: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 4
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55224  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
Movement 1: Prelude
Track 1 on CDH55224 [3'47] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 2: Mazurka 1
Track 2 on CDH55224 [5'52] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 3: Mazurka 2
Track 3 on CDH55224 [5'00] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Prelude and two Mazurkas, Op 25
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Although written in 1888, the Prelude and two mazurkas, Op 25, were published after the Two pieces, Op 22 (1890), and the Waltzes on the theme ‘SABELA’, Op 23 (1890). Mazurkas were a particularly popular idiom for piano pieces at the time and most of Glazunov’s contemporaries wrote several examples—Balakirev is a good example. However, in this case Glazunov has managed to create a truly stunning technical tour de force from the relatively simple dance form, something he was to repeat later in his brilliant piano waltzes.

from notes by Stephen Coombs © 1996

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