Podcast: A legend lives on

8.573161Although Reinhold Glière’s Symphony No. 3, subtitled Il’ya Muromets, is rarely performed or recorded, this new Naxos recording confirms that the work deserves the attention of a much wider audience. Performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic and conducted by JoAnn Falletta, the work is presented here uncut as completed by the composer in 1911. The Glière Third is a monumental work for huge orchestra depicting four of the legends of the ancient Russian folk hero, Il’ya Muromets, at times almost cinematic in its portrayal. In this podcast Rick Phillips traces the path of the symphony and its central character, from hopeful beginning to tragic end.

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Catalogue No.: 8.573161