August 10, 2019
Russian composer, teacher, and conductor Alexander Glazunov was active during the late Russian Romantic period. As a teacher, Glazunov went on to mentor Dmitri Shostakovich and future violin star Nathan Milstein. Despite rumours of keeping alcohol in his studio desk and taking sips while teaching, he was a tireless advocate for his students and raised the prestige level at the St. Petersburg Conservatory.
Glazunov wrote lots of dense, heavily-orchestrated works, so I thought I’d go for something different – something lighter. This is the “Chant du Menestrel” performed by legendary Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Seiji Ozawa. It’s four minutes of loveliness if you need a short break.
Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov was born August 10, 1865, in St. Petersburg, Russia, and died March 21, 1936, in Paris, France.