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Svetlanov’s Raymonda

Alexander Glazunov: Raymonda
Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra/Evgeny Svetlanov
Melodiya MELCD1001959 2CDs ADD

Glazunov's Raymonda

Glazunov’s Raymonda

Unlike the Tchaikovsky ballets there is little chance that Raymonda will mean much to outsiders. Alexander Glazunov’s first ballet, created as a 3-act production at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg in 1898 and performed by companies around the world to this day, remains nonetheless one of the finest scores in the genre. In many ways, Raymonda was continuing the trend set by Tchaikovsky, upscaling ballet music to an unsuspected level of sophistication and art, and making an essential contribution to the apotheosis of Russian Imperial Ballet at the close of the 19th century.
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