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Hindemith: The Four Temperaments, Nobilissima Visione / DePreist, RPO


Release Date: 12/14/1992 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 1006   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Carol Rosenberger
Conductor:  Brian De PreistJames DePreist
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"In reviewing the LP release of these recordings nearly nine years ago (1983), I noted that 'The Four Temperaments' had not been offered in stereo before and that no other recordings of either work was available at the time. Since both titles continue to be otherwise unavailable (the Delos LP itself has been deleted), it is especially good to have these performances on CD.... The orchestral playing per se is on a consistently high level and 'The Four Temperaments' is first-rate from start to finish. The transfer to CD brings the expected aural benefits to the smooth, well-balanced recording."

- R.F., Stereo Review

"These two Hindemith ballets constitute two of his most expressive and
Read more successful concert scores. 'The Four Temperaments' is a set of variations on three successive themes scored for piano and strings and describing the essential humors, much as Carl Nielsen does in his Second Symphony. It is a mellow, warmly-hued, and exciting score, romantic in tone. Carol Rosenberger plays it with great verve with good backing from the strings of the Royal Philharmonic.

'Nobilissima Visione' has a more archaic orientation as it describes the life of St. Francis as depicted by Giotto and employs certain medieval melodies. Less dissonant than the famous 'Mathis der Maler', it is equally rich in material and makes an effective three-movement symphony much on the same order. James DePreist conducts both of these works with sensitivity and they are recorded with resonance and a natural orchestral sound."

- Moore, American Record Guide
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Works on This Recording

1.
Theme and Variations for Piano and Strings "The Four Temperaments" by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Carol Rosenberger (Piano)
Conductor:  Brian De Preist,  James DePreist
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
Date of Recording: 1976 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 29 Minutes 40 Secs. 
2.
Nobilissima Visione by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Carol Rosenberger (Piano)
Conductor:  Brian De Preist,  James DePreist
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 1976 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 21 Minutes 36 Secs. 

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