Glazunov: Symphony No. 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 16 (1886)

Shortly after his First Symphony was performed in Europe. It was included in the programme of the Weimar Festival where Glazunov and Belyayev set off to attend its performance. That was where Glazunov met Franz Liszt. Later Glazunov was a frequent visitor to Liszt's house and played his music for the host. After Liszt's death, Glazunov dedicated his Second Symphony (1886) to his memory. Borodin's influence was the most evident in it, especially its extreme parts. This music epic is filled with the spirit of ancient heroes and popular tales, while its slow portion channels Balakirev's images.


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