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Rhine Philharmonic State Orchestra|L. Glass: Symphony No. 5 in C Major, Op. 57 "Svastika" - Fantasy for Piano & Orchestra in D Minor, Op. 47

L. Glass: Symphony No. 5 in C Major, Op. 57 "Svastika" - Fantasy for Piano & Orchestra in D Minor, Op. 47

Rhine Philharmonic State Orchestra, Daniel Raiskin, Marianna Shirinyan

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Of course, two of the words in this album’s title might confuse the listener: Glass and Svastika. May the reader of these words therefore be informed: the music presented here is not by Philip Glass, but Louis Christian August Glass (1864-1936), a Danish composer, contemporary of Carl Nielsen, and like him a disciple of Niels Gade. Closer to Franck and Bruckner than Nordic language, he turned his attention at the start of the century to modern theosophy – with one of its symbols being no other than the Swastika, which the Nazis later assimilated to symbolise the imaginary Arianism born from their ethnic purity delirium… That’s how a beautiful symbol was tarnished for eternity, a symbol that dates back to the Bronze Age and has been appropriated by countless religions and philosophical movements for millennia. It is obviously this Swastika − the one from Buddhism among others − that Louis Glass wanted to evoke in his Symphony No. 5 “Svastika” from 1919-1920.

Here is a wonderful occasion to rediscover a composer and his work that was completely forgotten for no justified reason, except maybe for the contemporary powerhouse that was Carl Nielsen, who completely dominated the Danish musical scene – even though the two characters only share the time period in which they lived, not their style of music. Glass’ language timidly borrows from late romanticism, but moving towards widely original musical worlds, and a strongly iridescent orchestration. To complete the programme, the album features the Fantasy for piano and orchestra, written before the First World War, still suffused with Brahms and Bruckner influences, but with numerous intriguing modal hues. © SM/Qobuz

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L. Glass: Symphony No. 5 in C Major, Op. 57 "Svastika" - Fantasy for Piano & Orchestra in D Minor, Op. 47

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Symphony No. 5 in C Major, Op. 57 "Svastika" (Louis Christian August Glass)

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I. Daily Toil
Rhine Philharmonic State Orchestra
00:10:28

Daniel Raiskin, Conductor - Rhine Philharmonic State Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Louis Christian August Glass, Composer

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

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II. Rest
Rhine Philharmonic State Orchestra
00:06:42

Daniel Raiskin, Conductor - Rhine Philharmonic State Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Louis Christian August Glass, Composer

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

3
III. Shades
Rhine Philharmonic State Orchestra
00:05:50

Daniel Raiskin, Conductor - Rhine Philharmonic State Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Louis Christian August Glass, Composer

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

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IV. Dawn
Rhine Philharmonic State Orchestra
00:12:20

Daniel Raiskin, Conductor - Rhine Philharmonic State Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Louis Christian August Glass, Composer

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

Fantasy, Op. 47 (Louis Christian August Glass)

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Fantasy, Op. 47
Marianna Shirinyan
00:24:43

Marianna Shirinyan, Artist, MainArtist - Daniel Raiskin, Conductor - Rhine Philharmonic State Orchestra, Orchestra - Louis Christian August Glass, Composer

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

Album Description

Of course, two of the words in this album’s title might confuse the listener: Glass and Svastika. May the reader of these words therefore be informed: the music presented here is not by Philip Glass, but Louis Christian August Glass (1864-1936), a Danish composer, contemporary of Carl Nielsen, and like him a disciple of Niels Gade. Closer to Franck and Bruckner than Nordic language, he turned his attention at the start of the century to modern theosophy – with one of its symbols being no other than the Swastika, which the Nazis later assimilated to symbolise the imaginary Arianism born from their ethnic purity delirium… That’s how a beautiful symbol was tarnished for eternity, a symbol that dates back to the Bronze Age and has been appropriated by countless religions and philosophical movements for millennia. It is obviously this Swastika − the one from Buddhism among others − that Louis Glass wanted to evoke in his Symphony No. 5 “Svastika” from 1919-1920.

Here is a wonderful occasion to rediscover a composer and his work that was completely forgotten for no justified reason, except maybe for the contemporary powerhouse that was Carl Nielsen, who completely dominated the Danish musical scene – even though the two characters only share the time period in which they lived, not their style of music. Glass’ language timidly borrows from late romanticism, but moving towards widely original musical worlds, and a strongly iridescent orchestration. To complete the programme, the album features the Fantasy for piano and orchestra, written before the First World War, still suffused with Brahms and Bruckner influences, but with numerous intriguing modal hues. © SM/Qobuz

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