LOUIS GLASS (1864-1936): Symphony No. 3 in D, Op. 30, "Forest Symphony", Suite, Op. 27 "Summer Life".
Catalogue Number: 10Q001
Reference: 777 525-2
Description: Although the composer took the pains to identify his 1902 symphony as a psychological picture of a human soul, it is one of the most patently descriptive depictions of nature you'll have ever heard: forest rustlings, spring dances, a thunderstorm, nocturnal activities of invisible life, all presented in rich orchestral colors and with the hints of Franck and Bruckner which one finds in several of Glass' symphonies. 35 mintues of sheer late Romantic joy! The suite comes from 1899 and its five movements describe country summer atmospheres: "First Day of Summer", "Forest Idyll", "In Field and Meadow", "At Twilight" and "Farmers' Festival". Even more vivid tone pictures are pained for us in this lighter, serenade-like work of just under half an hour. Even better is the note on cpo's website that this is Volume One of a cycle of symphonies coupled with other orchestral pieces! Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie; Daniel Raiskin.