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Louis Glass

Symphonies #1 & 5

  • Symphony #1
  • Symphony #5, 'Sinfonia Svastica'
Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra/Nayden Todorov
Danacord 544 86m DDD
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This is the fourth and final installment in Danacord's rather undistinguished set of Glass symphonies from Bulgaria.

The music is average and middle of the road true, but just listen to Launy Grondahl's fiery account of the Sinfonia Svastica on a historical Danacord reissue and you realize that Todorov is not a patch on his predecessor. However his is the only version of the First Symphony available and it is dispatched with fine temperament as the music is very much of an early post-Gade nature.

Danacord has also split the works onto two CDs with no fill-ups, this is quite miserly as both add up to just under ninety minutes. However if you have been collecting these symphonies you will obviously want to acquire this release. The recording is serviceable if slightly cluttered and foggy in places.

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