Notes & Reviews:
Gliere's most successful orchestral work, the spectacular Symphony No.3, is heard on this recording in its uncut version. Scored for a large orchestra including eight horns, two harps and celesta, it was inspired by the adventures of Il'ya Muromets, the legendary warrior from the Middle Ages of Mother Russia.Notes & Reviews:
Recording information: Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, New York, USA (05/03/2013-05/05/2013).
The first recording of this work was with Stokowski, who (with Gliere's permission) trimmed the work down from 70+ minutes to a svelte 38 minutes. Although it's a thrilling performance (it is Stoki, after all), it didn't do the work justice. Because Gliere's third symphony has no filler -- every note is there for a reason, and every note helps further the story.
Others have recorded the complete version of this work, but somehow failed to completely communicate overarching dramatic motion of the music. There are plenty of beautifully written sections that its tempting the linger over, but just as with the organic music of Wagner and Mahler, they're most effective in context.
And JoAnn Falletta understands that context. Her performance with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is one that delivered new pleasures every time I listened to it. The story for this programmatic work is quite detailed -- but you really don't need to follow it with this recording. Falletta and the BPO effectively paint each scene completely.
The release is beautifully recorded, allowing the listener to hear Gliere's subtle orchestrations. A joy to listen to from start to finish.
Submitted on 03/13/14 by RGraves321
Works DetailsReinhold Glière (Composer) (1875 - 1956) : Symphony no 3 in B minor ("Il'ya Muromets"), Op. 42
- Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
- Ensemble: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
- Notes: Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, New York, USA (05/03/2013-05/05/2013)
- Running Time: 71 min. 35 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1909-1911