Hermann Von Glenck
Carità eterna, Sinfonie für grosses Orchester mit einem Sopransolo; Liebesklage und Trauerhymnus, Rhapsodisches Tongedicht für grosses Orchester; Variationen-Suite, über ein eigenes Thema und Orchester
Hermann von Glenck belongs to the most important Swiss composers of the late Romantic era. His compositional style remained single-mindedly fixed on the path that he had chosen for himself. He consciously avoided following the latest developments. The Symphony Carità eterna was performed for the first-ever time on this recording. In 1906, it was accepted by Ernst von Schuch (the General Music Director of the Dresden Opera) for performance at the German Musicians' Festival ('Tonkünstlerversammlung') due to take place in Dresden that year. However, its performance was cancelled at short notice by the local committee, on the grounds that it was too long and too demanding for the public. A performance was later planned in Zurich by Volkmar Andreae, conductor of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, but that also fell through. The present recording is thus, in effect, the world première of the work. The rhapsodic tone poem was written in 1910 and was first performed in November 1911 by the Stuttgart Court Orchestra under the baton of the composer. Hermann von Glenck dedicated his 'Variation Suite on an original theme' to his wife on the birth of their first daughter. The revised version recorded here was first performed - with much success - on 20 January 1930 in Darmstadt under Karl Böhm.
Hermann Von Glenck (1883-1952)
Radio-Sinfonieorchester Prag, Zsuzsa Alföldi, Sopran, Vladimír Vàlek, Leitung
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