Louis Glass - Symphony no.5, Fantasy op.47 | CPO 7774942

Louis Glass - Symphony no.5, Fantasy op.47

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Label: CPO

Cat No: 7774942

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 29th September 2017

Contents

Artists

Marianna Shirinyan (piano)
Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie

Conductor

Daniel Raiskin

Works

Glass, Louis

Fantasy for piano and orchestra, op.47
Symphony no.5 in C major, op.57, 'Svastika'

Artists

Marianna Shirinyan (piano)
Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie

Conductor

Daniel Raiskin

About

The theosophical worldview, to which Louis Glass increasingly felt drawn, found expression in only a very few of his compositions. Of all the works influenced by theosophy, the fifth symphony – Sinfonia svastika – from 1919-20 is the one based on the most extensive overall idea. The symbol of the swastika had the significance of a lucky charm but also served as a symbol of the sun or the wheel of the universe. (Our current relation to the swastika is very decisively conditioned by the role that this symbol played as the hooked cross in the national flag of the German Third Reich hoisted in 1933 – while the original meaning was lost.) In a footnote on the first page of the printed score the composer described the swastika as ‘The Wheel of Life, a symbol of circulation’. The Sinfonia svastika became one of the composer’s most performed works and no doubt conveys a particularly accurate impression of him. His Fantasia for Piano and Orchestra above all adheres to the work’s introspective motto alluding to theosophy: ‘From the spirit’s eternal canopy, tones calling man sound down. And man turns away from the world and remains alone in order to find peace.’

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