Glazunov: Complete Concertos (2 CDs), Russian National Orchestra, José Serebrier

While Glazunov’s famous Violin Concerto in A Minor is a staple of the violin repertoire, the other concertos in this 2 CD set – including concertos for piano, cello, horn and alto saxophone – are rarely heard, making this release something of a rare gem. José Serebrier leads the Russian National Orchestra in brilliant performances that are tight and clear-headed, allowing Glazunov’s lyrical romanticism to speak for itself. Rachel Barton Pine gives a superb performance of the Violin Concerto. The Cello Concerto, performed by Wen-Sinn Yang, is another highlight – performed with a disciplined restraint that seems to suit Glazunov’s music, which, despite its lyricism, has a certain subtlety to it.

Evan Meagher is from Readings Hawthorn