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Glazunov: Masquerade (Incidental Music) - Gnesin Academy Chorus (choir, chorus); Russian Philharmonic Orchestra; Dmitry Yablonsky (conductor)
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  1. Masquerade, incidental music, Op. 102
  2. Pieces (2) for orchestra, Op. 14
  3. Pas de caractère for orchestra in G major, Op. 68 (insert for ballet "Raymonda")
  4. Romantic Intermezzo for orchestra in D major, Op. 69
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Alexander Glazunov's colorful incidental music for the Lermontov play Masquerade exists only in manuscript, and though it is a little difficult to piece together the 26 short selections to correspond to the dramatic action, this performance by Dmitry Yablonsky offers a version that conveys both the animated atmosphere of the play's ball scenes and a sense of its tragic and lugubrious ending. Glazunov's score shows the strong influence of Tchaikovsky and much of the dance music evokes his great ballets, though the ...