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Track(s) taken from CDA66855

Prelude and Fugue in E minor


Stephen Coombs (piano)
Recording details: October 1995
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Ken Blair
Release date: May 1996
Total duration: 11 minutes 47 seconds


'Wonders unfold still further in [this] third disc in the series … Glazunov has not enjoyed such persuasive advocacy in recent years. Stephen Coombs really succeeds, where others have not, in making the listener believe that this is not only music of charm but of quality' (Gramophone)

'When in the past we have written that Glazunov is not at his best in his piano music we obviously did not have the benefit of such persuasive advocacy as this' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)
Finally we have the Prelude and Fugue in E minor which was written in 1926 and, like the earlier Op 62, was also later arranged for organ. It is dedicated to Leonid Nikolayev, a friend of Glazunov and also Shostakovich’s piano professor at the St Petersburg Conservatory. There is a great confidence in the musical material which, like the Idylle, Op 103, written in the same year, is surprising considering Glazunov’s poor health and general difficulties at the time.

from notes by Stephen Coombs © 1996

À l’instar de l’op. 62 antérieur, le Prélude et fugue en mi mineur composée en 1926 fut, par la suite, arrangée pour orgue. Glazounov la dédia à son ami Leonid Nicolayev, également professeur de piano de Chostakovitch au conservatoire de Saint-Pétersbourg. Une superbe assurance émane du matériau musical qui est—comme l’Idylle, op. 103, composé la même année—surprenant, compte tenu tant de la santé précaire de Glazounov que des difficultés de l’époque.

extrait des notes rédigées par Stephen Coombs © 1996
Français: Hyperion Records Ltd

Schließlich haben wir Präludium und Fuge in e-Moll, ein Werk, das 1926 komponiert und wie das frühere op. 62 später für Orgel umgeschrieben wurde. Es ist Leonid Nikolajew gewidmet, einem Freund Glasunows und zudem Klavierprofessor von Schostakowitsch am Petersburger Konservatorium. Zieht man Glasunows schlechten Gesundheitszustand und seine allgemeinen Schwierigkeiten in Betracht, so strahlt das musikalische Material eine erstaunliche Zuversicht aus, so wie Idylle, op. 103, das im selben Jahr erschien.

aus dem Begleittext von Stephen Coombs © 1996
Deutsch: Ute Mansfeldt

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