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Louis Glass (1864-1936): Symphony No. 3; Summer Life / Rhenish PO; Raiskin

Album Summary

>Glass, Louis : Symphony no 3, in D major, Op. 30 "Skovsymfonien"
>Glass, Louis : Summer Life (Sommerliv), suite for orchestra, Op. 27
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine, January 2015
The orchestration is expertly tailored; and as an example of warm-hearted, serenade-like symphonism at the turn of the 20th century, Glass's Forest Symphony makes for a pleasant excursion, especially in a performance as refined and imaginative as this one.

MusicWeb International, 1st December 2014
If like me, you have no knowledge of what this music is like, think Schumann with lighter textures, Mendelssohn without quite the level of genius...Glass has his own voice, and wow, can he write a tune. Both works are strewn with memorable melodies.

Louis Glass (1864-1936) began his career as a pianist, but illness forced his retirement from active concertizing and his focus turned toward composing. His six symphonies clearly occupy the center of his oeuvre. Early influences of Schumann, Gade and Grieg soon yielded to influence from Cesar Franck. Glass also displays strong influence emanating from Bruckner, very unusual during this generation and beyond the borders of German-speaking Europe. CPO's new Glass Complete Symphonies, Vol. 1, features his idyllic Forest Symphony No. 3 and the Summer Life orchestral suite.

Expedition Audio Recommended
In these two works by Danish composer Louis Glass, musical reflections of our natural world are unmistakable; the idyllic air of a bucolic life surfaces time and again. Conductor Daniel Raiskin and the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie provide first class performances and cpo supplies remarkably vivid sound with just the right bloom. This is highly recommended to any listener interested in discovering unknown gems of the late Romantic orchestral repertoire. read more

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Symphony 3, The Forest (1902), is an amiable work, tuneful and expertly scored. The Summer Life Suite has five movements. I, 'The First Day of Summer', has relaxing woodwind burbling, overlaid by a more legato theme. The burblings generate themelets, their rhythms becoming more regularly accented, leading to an affirmative end. II, 'Forest Idyll', opens with a pentatonic birdcall on the flute. An expanded version later sounds strongly like the first phrase of 'Singin'in the Rain', itself pentatonic. The general mood of the entire work is of sweetness and light. The Rhenish Orchestra plays with just those qualities, and Raiskin's conducting enhances them. CPO's sound is, per normal, top-quality.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Rhein-Mosel-Halle Koblenz (09/01/2009-09/04/2009).



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>Glass, Louis : Symphony no 3, in D major, Op. 30 "Skovsymfonien"
  • Conductor: Daniel Raiskin
  • Ensemble: Rhenish Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Rhein-Mosel-Halle Koblenz (09/01/2009-09/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Glass, Louis : Summer Life (Sommerliv), suite for orchestra, Op. 27
  • Conductor: Daniel Raiskin
  • Notes: Rhein-Mosel-Halle Koblenz (09/01/2009-09/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1899