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José Serebrier's Glazunov recording reviewed in Diapason

José Serebrier's Glazunov recording reviewed in Diapason

ALEXANDRE GLAZUNOV Symphony No. 5, The Seasons Royal Scottish National Orchestra, José Serebrier Warner Classics José Serebrier is revealed as a conductor particularly inspired by the music of Glazunov: he infuses the music with an élan, enthusiasm and clarity which finally does justice to this music. We admire also the balance between the Schumannesque lyricism of the grand romantic themes in the Symphony No. 5 (1895) and the scintillating orchestration in the bubbling scherzo (superbly performed) and in the vibrant finale. Served by a remarkable orchestra, this performance is ideally vibrant and alive, in contrast with those heavy versions on Chandos (Polyansky) and BIS (Otaka). To complement the symphony, Serebrier follows with a brilliant and choreographic interpretation of The Seasons, the post-Tchaikovsky pastiche composed for Petipa (1900), ending with charm, virtuosity and enthusiasm in the final Bacchanale. The conductor gives us a recording of demonstration quality, particularly adapted to music which does not pretend to be profound, but achieves formal perfection. Jean-Claude HULOT