Louis Glass is often over-shadowed by his contemporary, Carl Nielsen, but the...
Andrew McGregor 2005
Glass is often over-shadowed by the popularity of his Danish contemporary, Carl Nielsen, but the Copenhagen Classic ensemble have given his repertoire a well deserved airing with the kind of stylish flair that just can't be ignored.
The group have earned themselves the reputation as one of the leading chamber ensembles in Denmark and the quality of this recording captures their talent and verve for Glass work magnificently.
The CD opens with the Sextet for strings in D flat, op. 15, and the group saunter through the first movement with lively confidence. The poignant melody that follows in the second movement sits in intense contrast to the humour and wit that the players reveal in the Scherzo, all the while demonstrating Glass' emotive late Romantic style. The final movement begins with a jaunty feel to it, before moving into more reserved territory with the short repetitive bursts of melody that became such a signature of Glass style.
The Quintet for piano and strings in C major, op. 22, features soloist Christina Bjorkoe at the keyboard - her performance brings out the brilliance of the piano from the almost regal opening of the first movement through to the lightness of touch in the Scherzo. The natural ease with which she is accompanied by the Copenhagen Classic ensemble only adds to the performance and their richness in tone really comes alive in the finale, with lavish swirls of piano weaving in and out amongst the strings.
What makes this recording all the more memorable is the warmth and depth of tone produced by the ensemble. Copenhagen Classic give the pieces plenty of room to breathe, whilst the quality of the recording preserves each instrument's own characteristic colour with crystal clarity, producing a breathtaking sound.
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