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The Royal Edition - Hindemith: Symphony In Eb / Bernstein


Release Date: 03/12/2008 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 47566   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

No one touches Bernstein, whether for excitement in the brief, heroic first movement, or in the elegiac intensity of the second-movement funeral march. If you don't know this symphony, this is the version to get.

Among his many musical occupations, Leonard Bernstein was a lifelong champion of Hindemith, a composer who sorely could use another one. In Bernstein's hands the Symphony in E-flat becomes one of the 20th century masterpieces in the form. There never was much competition--a foursquare, flatulent approximation from Boult and the LPO, a couple of equally stiff and characterless German performances, and more recently a very good version from Tortelier and Chandos. Still, no one touches Bernstein, whether for
Read more excitement in the brief, heroic first movement, or in the elegiac intensity of the second-movement funeral march. If you don't know this symphony, this is the version to get.

Competition in the Symphonic Metamorphosis is a bit tougher (Szell, also on Sony, is magnificent), but this is still about as good as it gets. That's certainly true of the Concert Music, another classic version seriously challenged only by Steinberg/Boston (DG). Bernstein's later version (also for DG) is still very good, but not as spontaneous and wild as this impulsive romp through another piece that can sound unfortunately blatty and unwieldy in less supple hands. The jazzy music in the second movement really swings in this performance. Originally released on Sony's unfortunately themed "Royal Edition", complete with one of Prince Charles' nondescript watercolors on the cover, this essential recording is now available, cover art and all, on demand from Arkivmusic.com.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony in E flat major by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/07/1967 
Venue:  Avery Fisher Hall, New York City 
Length: 32 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/16/1968 
Venue:  Avery Fisher Hall, New York City 
Length: 10 Minutes 58 Secs. 
3.
Konzertmusik for Brass and Strings, Op. 50 by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/13/1961 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 17 Minutes 12 Secs. 

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