The Idylle, Op 103, dates from 1926 and, together with the Prelude and Fugue in E minor, marks the end of Glazunov’s work as a piano composer. It is an extraordinary work for this period. Despite the appalling conditions in which Glazunov lived (the disappointments and frustrations, together with crushing poverty and illness), this piece has an almost joyful quality together with a heart-rending beauty. The earlier musical crisis of identity which had resulted in the tonal experiments of the Two prelude-improvisations has now been resolved. This is a wonderful swan-song with all the traits of Glazunov’s musical character—melodic invention, harmonic sophistication and a wealth of contrapuntal detail.
from notes by Stephen Coombs © 1996