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Louis Glass   (1864 - 1936)

composer

Louis Glass was an exact contemporary of Carl Nielsen, and was one of the most important and consistent Late Romantic composers in Denmark. His artistic integrity was highly esteemed, but his reflective idiom did not win him general popularity.

From his studies abroad Louis Glass brought home inspiration from Bruckner, Wagner and César Franck, and especially after his personal immersion in Theosophy produced a series of large-scale independent works.

In his six symphonies one find an unusually sure grasp of the technical and intellectual aspects of music. The Third and Fourth Symphonies are monumental, the Fifth Symphony is a high point of Danish Symbolism, while the Sixth was a vain attempt to revive National Romanticism. To these one can add many other orchestral works, including a Fantasia for piano and orchestra, and the Theosophical ballet Artemis. Louis Glass was both a pianist and a cellist, and his chamber works are very well-written.

After the deaths of Louis Glass and Carl Nielsen, Glass' music was ousted from the musical milieu by the standard-bearers of Carl Nielsen, and only in recent years have we re-discovered how he complements the Danish culture of the turn of the century in a very personal way.

Live Dates

20/07/2011   American Record Guide

GLASS, Louis: String Quartets
"The release is strong in all respects. Recommended to those who want to explore the little-known musical byways of a century ago."
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15/06/1994   American Record Guide

Louis Glass: Piano Works
"Nina Gade plays with good touch and tone and obvious sympathy for the music, and the sound is excellent."
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Discography

Romantic Violin Sonatas
Romantic Violin Sonatas
Børresen, Glass, Henriques

CD 8.226005 (2006)

Two full-blooded sonatas from the turn of the last century by Hakon Børresen and Louis Glass

Billedbogen (The Picture Book)
Billedbogen (The Picture Book)

CD 8.224703 (2005)

Piano music for children and the young at heart by among others Carl Nielsen and Fini Henriques

Music inspired by Hans Christian Andersen
Music inspired by Hans Christian Andersen

CD 8.226047 (2005)

Inspired fairytale music for orchestra by among others August Enna, Louis Glass and Finn Høffding

String Quartets
String Quartets
Louis Glass

CD 8.224048 (2000)

Stærke, indadvendte følelser præger Louis Glass’ udsøgte fin-de-siecle musik

Cello Miniatures
Cello Miniatures
Børresen, Emborg, Heise, Fabricius, L.Glass, L. Nielsen

CD 8.224092 (1998)

Stylish, elegant music by Danish composers from around 1900

Cello and Piano
Cello and Piano

CD 8.224052 (1996)

Piano Works
Piano Works
Louis Glass

DCCD 9306 (1994)


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