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Hindemith: Orchestral Music / Kegel, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra

Hindemith / Dresdner Philharmonie / Kegel
Release Date: 09/24/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 9441   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Paul HindemithRichard Strauss
Performer:  Ludwig GüttlerEckardt KönigstedtWalter HartwichRalf-Carsten Brömsel,   ... 
Conductor:  Herbert KegelOtmar SuitnerHans Sandig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic OrchestraLeipzig Radio Symphony OrchestraDresden Staatskapelle,   ... 
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here's a collection unrivalled in its scope within the current catalogue, of orchestral works by one of the most prolific of 20th-century, Paul Hindemith, whose reputation as a purveyor of 'useful' music has perhaps overshadowed his colourful orchestrations and often powerfully dramatic transformations of a wide range of extra-musical inspirations. His masterpiece may be the opera he based on the life and work of the painter of the Isenheim alterpiece, Matthias Grünewald, but the Mathis der Maler symphony he derived from its music is hardly less emotive. Nobilissima visione, originally a ballet on the life of St Francis, is as visionary as its title implies; and the Symphonia Serena is another under-estimated masterpiece of quiet Read more grandeur.

This set contains the most important works of Hindemith: the symphony Mathis der Maler, the orchestral suite Nobilissima Visione, der Schwanendreher (for viola solo, Hindemith's own instrument), Pittsburg Symphony, the moving Trauermusik for viola and strings, and the sumptuous Symphonic Metamorphosis after themes by Carl Maria von Weber.

The final disc pays homage to Hindemith's quest to involve the younger generations in music-making, including his 'play for children' Wir bauen eine Stadt, which was originally performed by school children in Berlin.

The performances here are all given by native and experienced Hindemith interpreters, in fine studio recordings from the 1970s.

Other information:
- Paul Hindemith was one of the most important and influential composers of 20-th century Germany. His eclectic style incorporated diverse influences such as expressionism, neo-classicism and even jazz. His music is energetic, rhythmically vibrant, witty and joyous, but also able to express deeper and tragic feelings.
- Excellent and authoritative performances by the Staatskapelle Dresden & Otmar Suitner and the Dresden Philharmonic & Herbert Kegel. - An important and well deserved tribute to a great composer!
- Booklet contains extensive liner notes on the works.
- Several of these works otherwise unavailable. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony "Mathis der Maler" by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Herbert Kegel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 03/1980 
Venue:  Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 27 Minutes 22 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Trumpet and Bassoon by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Ludwig Güttler (Trumpet), Eckardt Königstedt (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Herbert Kegel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1982 
Venue:  Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 16 Minutes 30 Secs. 
3.
Nobilissima Visione by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Herbert Kegel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 06/1980 
Venue:  Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 21 Minutes 5 Secs. 
4.
Symphony in E flat major by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Herbert Kegel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1981 
Venue:  Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 33 Minutes 9 Secs. 
5.
Symphonia Serena by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Walter Hartwich (Violin), Ralf-Carsten Brömsel (Violin), Gerd Grötzschel (Viola),
Herbert Schneider (Viola)
Conductor:  Herbert Kegel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1982 
Venue:  Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 32 Minutes 35 Secs. 
6.
Symphony "Die Harmonie der Welt" by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Herbert Kegel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
Date of Recording: 1984-85 
Venue:  Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 34 Minutes 38 Secs. 
7.
Pittsburgh Symphony by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Herbert Kegel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
Date of Recording: 1984-85 
Venue:  Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 27 Minutes 19 Secs. 
8.
Trauermusik for Viola and Strings by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Davia Binder (Viola)
Conductor:  Herbert Kegel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 
9.
Der Schwanendreher by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Alfred Lipka (Viola)
Conductor:  Herbert Kegel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Germany 
10.
Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Otmar Suitner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
11.
Wir bauen eine Stadt by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Hans Sandig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  Leipzig Radio Children's Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1929; Germany 

Sound Samples

Symphony, "Mathis der Maler": I. Engelkonzert (Angelic Concert)
Symphony, "Mathis der Maler": II. Grablegung (The Entombment)
Symphony, "Mathis der Maler": III. Versuchung des heiligen Antonius (The Temptation of St. Anthony)
Concerto for Trumpet and Bassoon: I. Allegro spiritoso
Concerto for Trumpet and Bassoon: II. Molto adagio - Allegro pesante
Concerto for Trumpet and Bassoon: III. Vivace
Nobilissima visione Suite: I. Einleitung und Rondo
Nobilissima visione Suite: II. Marsch und Pastorale
Nobilissima visione Suite: III. Passacaglia
Symphony in E-Flat Major: I. Sehr lebhaft
Symphony in E-Flat Major: II. Sehr langsam
Symphony in E-Flat Major: III. Lebhaft
Symphony in E-Flat Major: IV. Massig schnelle Halbe
Symphonia serena: I. Moderately fast - Animato - Broad - Tempo primo
Symphonia serena: II. Geschwindmarsch by Beethoven: Rather fast
Symphonia serena: III. Colloquy: Quiet - Fast - Scherzando - Fast
Symphonia serena: IV. Finale: Gay - Slow - Coda: Fast
Symphony, "Die Harmonie der Welt": I. Musica Instrumentalis
Symphony, "Die Harmonie der Welt": II. Musica Humana
Symphony, "Die Harmonie der Welt": III. Musica Mundana
Pittsburgh Symphony: I. Molto energico
Pittsburgh Symphony: II. Slow March
Pittsburgh Symphony: III. Ostinato
Der Schwanendreher: I. Zwischen Berg und tiefem Tal
Der Schwanendreher: II. Nun laube, Lindlein, laube! - Fugato: Der Gutzgauch auf dem Zaune sass
Der Schwanendreher: III. Variations: Seid ihr nicht der Schwanendreher
Trauermusik: I. Langsam
Trauermusik: II. Ruhig bewegt
Trauermusik: III. Lebhaft
Trauermusik: IV. Choral: Fur Deinen Thron tret ich hiermit
Symphonic Metamorphosis after Themes by Carl Maria von Weber: I. Allegro
Symphonic Metamorphosis after Themes by Carl Maria von Weber: II. Scherzo (Turandot): Moderato - Lebhaft
Symphonic Metamorphosis after Themes by Carl Maria von Weber: III. Andantino
Symphonic Metamorphosis after Themes by Carl Maria von Weber: IV. Marsch
Wir bauen eine Stadt: Marsch und Chor:
Wir bauen eine Stadt: Gibst du mir Steine (Choir)
Wir bauen eine Stadt: Musik, das Bauen darstellend
Wir bauen eine Stadt: Erst kommt der Backer (Choir)
Wir bauen eine Stadt: Mit dem Autobus (Choir)
Wir bauen eine Stadt: Musik: Ankommende Leute
Wir bauen eine Stadt: Ich bin ein Schaffner (Choir)
Wir bauen eine Stadt: Mehrere Kinder: Guten Tag, Frau Bergmann
Wir bauen eine Stadt: Jetzt ist's Nacht (Choir)
Wir bauen eine Stadt: Bei uns haben die Erwachsenen nichts zu sagen (Choir)
Wir bauen eine Stadt: Das Konzert
Wir bauen eine Stadt: (Choir)
Der Vogel sing, die Katze schnurrt (arr. H. Sandig for choir)
Lied Vom Angler (arr. H. Sandig for choir)
Miezekatze (arr. H. Sandig for choir)
Die Bimmelbahn
Der Container
Was Autos Alles Konnen
Es flog ein Auto in die luft des nachts bei Mittagshitze
Der Pfennig und das Zeitungsblatt
Vier Ecken hat das Zeitungsblatt
Kleines Zirkuspferd
Meine Mutter schickt mich her (arr. H. Sandig for choir)
Wir sind die Apfelkinder (arr. H. Sandig for choir)
Kleiner kafer, fliege (arr. W. Pauli for choir)

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