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Glazunov * Kalinnikov * Khachaturian: Glazunov Symphony No 5

Magazine article Gramophone

Glazunov * Kalinnikov * Khachaturian: Glazunov Symphony No 5

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Glazunov * Kalinnikov * Khachaturian

Glazunov Symphony No 5, Op 55

Kalinnikov Symphony No 1

Khachaturian Masquerade--Suite

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra / Kazuki Yamada

Exton [F] (2) [SACD] OVCL00487 (69' * DDD/DSD)

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Now holding posts in Tokyo, Geneva and Monte Carlo, 30-year old Kazuki Yamada has perhaps been too busy to return to London after a fine debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 2011. This latest addition to his growing Exton discography confirms his natural way with the long lines of Silver Age symphonies after the Rachmaninov Second in that concert, and with a great European orchestra that seems to love Exton's microphones (I'm guessing the Japanese market loves the Czech Philharmonic back). The balance of harp, oscillating fiddles and cello melody at the start of the slow movement of the Kalinnikov is magically transparent but never surgical, thanks to the players' feeling for rubato, gently harnessed by Yamada. It's all a far cry from the equally impassioned but more abruptly sectional approach of Hermann Scherchen with the same orchestra back in 1951, and makes me understand, better than the rough-and-ready competition, how and why Tchaikovsky prized Kalinnikov's gifts so highly, if necessarily briefly, before the younger man died in penury at the age of 35. …

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