In this 2003 review Paul Shoemaker wrote: "Fedoseyev's Glazunov Fifth Symphony recording is one of the greatest recordings of anything ever made, but unfortunate deterioration of the master tape probably means we'll never see it on commercial CD."
I'm glad to report that the impossible has happened, and moreover that the famous recording of the fifth sounds pretty good with no obvious flaws. The whole cycle has been re-issued on the Russian "Venezia" label, and a great deal of care has been taken in the transfer. Hearing this set again has re-inforced my opinion that it is consistently the most vital of any of the complete cycles, and (with all due respect to messrs. Svetlanov, Rozhdestvensky Polyansky et al) the most Russian sounding.
There doesn't appear to be a distributor for this label anywhere in Western Europe (hope you are taking note of this, Len!) but you can order it from Japan of all places, see the link below.
Glazunov symphonies - Fedoseyev
Now all I need is for someone to re-issue Nathan Rakhlin's 1975 version of the Fourth - an "Indian Summer" effort in every sense.
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