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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 

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