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Celebrated Conductor and Composer José Serebrier Talks to Robert Matthew-Walker t is an extraordinary fact that in the current interpretation – an art not often I climate of new classical recording projects by major international companies, a conductor encountered these days.” The listener cannot but agree: when in his per- such as the Uruguayan-born José Serebrier has formances José Serebrier delves beneath undertaken, with the Royal Scottish National the surface of the music a whole world Orchestra in Glasgow, what is hoped will be of this composer’s creativity is opened an integral set of the Symphonies of Alexander up. Glazunov for the Warner Classics label. Music-lovers will hope that the A few months ago, José Serebrier recorded project will not only be ongoing, but with the Orchestra the Sixth Symphony in C also will be completed with the very minor, Opus 58, which was composed in the rarely encountered single-movement mid-1890s – no less a figure than Rachman- Ninth Symphony. Glazunov worked on Photo courtesy of José Serebrier inov prepared the two-piano version – to this symphony intermittently over the follow previous issues of the Fourth, Fifth, final decades of his life – he died in Seventh and Eighth Glazunov Symphonies, 1936 aged 71 – leaving only the first coupled with other orchestral works by this movement completed. Those who have composer. Those music-lovers who have heard investigated this music know that it can earlier issues in this series will know of the stand perfectly satisfactorily as a single- high standards they have come to expect from movement coherent work on its own, this outstandingly gifted musician and his and José Serebrier is particularly keen to team. Their first CD in the series, containing bring this very fine, but little-known, music to series of orchestral transcriptions by Leopold the Fifth Symphony and The Seasons ballet a world-wide audience. José Serebrier took Stokowski, a mentor and early champion of [2564 61434], was received – quite rightly, in care to study Glazunov’s own recording of The Serebrier’s music, who conducted the prem- my opinion – with world-wide rave notices Seasons, made in London in 1929, which was ieres of several of Serebrier’s works, including from the critics. Personally, I was so impressed in fact the only recording the composer ever the First Symphony, composed when Serebrier with that initial CD that I played it – without made. Serebrier is at pains to point out that it was just 19. The most recent release in this revealing the identity of the conductor – to a was not his intention to carbon-copy Glaz- series is a DVD of Stokowski’s orchestration of m
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