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ClassicsOnline Home » GLIERE, R.: Symphony No. 3 (Ormandy) (1956)
Ormandy on great form
The Philadelphia Orchestra recorded this Symphony under their previous conductor Stokowski, and it was only a matter of time before Ormandy would turn his attention to a score whose Romanticism makes it ideal territory for the sumptuous playing of the "fabulous Philadelphians".
Stokowski's version is heavily cut, and Ormandy, whilst including more music, still gives us a truncated version. For a complete, modern version, you need to go to Faberman and the RPO on Unicorn, or Downes on Chandos.
The performance is full of atmosphere, and plenty of urgency where needed. Ormandy was always at home in Russian music, as his many Tchaikovsky discs confirm. The orchestra plays with great virtuosity and the recording, while hampered by mono sound, is still amazing for its age (1956). After moving back to RCA in the 60s, the orchestra recorded it again, but I feel this version has much to commend it.more....
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GLIERE, R.: Symphony No. 3 (Ormandy) (1956)