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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. 

Customer Reviews

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 ...I NEVER KNEW... January 25, 2015 By Zita Carno (Tampa, FL) See All My Reviews "...that Bernstein had such an affinity for Hindemith! I've been organizing my ever-burgeoning collection of CDs and I realized that I have this one, and it's a beaut! The first I ever heard this symphony was an old recording on LP with an aggregation called the Janssen Symphony Orchestra, with Werner Janssen conducting, and I fell in love with the piece and have thought about it for decades---now I've found it, and an exciting masterpiece it is indeed. The other two works on this disc are no less thrilling, and it makes for as fine a Hindemith sampler as anything extant. I've said it once before and I'll say it again---ah, Hindemith! You never cease to amaze and delight this forever music lover...I was listening to the symphony on the CD player in my car as I was driving to the dentist this afternoon, and I suddenly started chuckling at a particular passage in the first movement. I kept imagining a rhubarb at a ball game, with both benches clearing and the argument (brass and percussion vs. everyone else) getting more and more heated, until all the umpires broke it up! And in the scherzo movement, there was this lovely pastoral trio, a sort of dance episode, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Every time I hear this piece I find myself imagining different things, which add to my enjoyment. And let me say that Bernstein really gets into the spirit of the music---I wish he had also recorded the Symphonic Dances, another great favorite of mine. :)" Report Abuse
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