This second volume begins with the Three Études. These are among Glazunov's most important works for the piano and stand at the pinnacle of Russian virtuoso piano writing. The main work represented is the Theme and Variations, Op 72, which uses as the theme for fifteen variations the same folk-song as Glazunov's later Finnish Fantasy for orchestra. The work was written in the same year as the first piano sonata and is undoubtedly one of Glazunov's most successful forays into the piano medium.
The others pieces on this disc comes from the first and last years of the composer's life: from the early compositional attempts which so impressed Balakirev when Glazunov was thirteen, to the Two Prelude-Improvisations, written is his final period as a composer as he struggled to keep up with the new Russian avant-garde.