Alexander Glazunov: Piano Concerto No. 1 in f Op. 92
Around the time of the turn of the century, Alexander Glazunov was encountering a kind of artistic crisis. Because of the work required of him as director of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, his artistic output started to decline. One piece that he composed during this period, yet managed to transcend the crisis, was his First Piano Concerto. It’s a two movement work that borrows its form from a Beethoven Piano Sonata; and the two-movement idea he took from Prokofiev. Yet the work is neither Beethoven-sounding nor Prokofiev-sounding. It is actually Elgar-like in terms of orchestration.