Friday, November 4, 2016

Glass, Louis. (1864-1936) Complete Symphonies, Volume I.

New acquisition.
Bought in September 2016.
First listen: 3-11-2016.
Label: CPO.
Recording dates: September 2009.
Recording venue: Rhein-Mosel-Halle, Koblenz.
Recording engineer: Holger Urbach.
Running time: 65:10.
Classical relevance: Well worth your attention.

Works performed:
Symphony No. 3, opus 30, Forest Symphony.
Summer Life, Suite for Orchestra, opus 27.

Works performed by:
Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, Daniel Raiskin.

My first CD of this composer, and a successful entry into his sound world. He is a tone painter, clearly, and a good orchestrator, so much is obvious right from the start. He is a storyteller, with an abundance of ideas and fantasies, which he is able to put into notes that speak of magical worlds, the depiction of nature, which he does extremely well, and create a huge amount of musical colours that will dazzle your ears, by its brilliancy but more importantly by its spiritual context. His writing is extraordinary to say the least. I am pretty much impressed. His music starts a whole chain of emotions that connect with rapidity to your mood, such is the sinergy. What a amazing experience his music is. Tonal, a bit stretched, but never much, it leaves you in a romantic mood and in awe for nature. You can hear the leaves rustle, trees creaking, and fairies dancing through the forest. Holger Urbach made a fantastic recording, lucid, with a see through orchestral image that is stunning. The performance of this orchestra is up to the very best. Raiskin keeps a firm hand on the proceedings without quenching the freedom of expression of individual players. 
Recommended.



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