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As so often, Glazunov’s music fills the bill without over-excitement. Listeners may have trouble remembering the themes afterwards – one hindrance is Glazunov’s chronic avoidance of perfect cadences; another is what one critic called his ‘over-use of the appoggiatura’. The slightly more popular first concerto has two movements, in which any bars’ rest for the soloist are rare. The shorter Second Concerto is more humane in this respect, with one movement, in five sections (unhelpfully, these are not separately tracked). The CD leaflet says nothing about the performers. Rivals include Stephen Coombs on full-price Hyperion and Oxana Yablonskaya on Naxos, fractionally cheaper than here. The new disc’s cheery Carnaval Overture (complete with organ) sounds like Eric Coates.

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