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Hindemith: Mathis Der Maler, Etc / Blomstedt, Sf Sym Orch


Release Date: 05/22/2009 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 421523   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Geraldine Walther
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The Mathis der Maier symphony, with its combination of orchestral and contrapuntal virtuosity, nobility, tenderness and tense excitement, is truly a twentieth-century classic...The new Decca recording (one of the first of what promises to be a fruitful association with the San Francisco orchestra under Blomstedt, who took over its direction in 1984)...is by no means clinical; and Hindemith's counterpoint has never been presented with greater lucidity. If the sound does not match that of Karajan's EMI version for warmth, this is partly due to the violin tone having less roundness and weight; but the brass section deserve special commendation, and Blomstedt's reading conveys a sense of drama and passion which neither Karajan nor Read more Steinberg equals...Where the new recording of the Symphonic Metamorphosis—a hugely enjoyable work that deserved a less cumbersome title—scores over its rivals is in the matter of balance: the woodwind episode in the 'Hungarian' Allegro is admirably shaped; the flute's embellishments over the lovely theme of the Andantino are in just the right proportions, for once; and the madly busy background texture of the Turandot scherzo is not allowed to become heavy and clotted."

-- Gramophone [10, 1988]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony "Mathis der Maler" by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1987 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco 
2.
Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/1987 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco 
3.
Trauermusik for Viola and Strings by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Geraldine Walther (Viola)
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1987 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco 

Featured Sound Samples

Symphony "Mathis der Maler": I. Engelkonzert

Sound Samples

Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber: 4. Marsch
Symphonie "Mathis der Maler": 1. Engelkonzert
Symphonie "Mathis der Maler": 2. Grablegung
Symphonie "Mathis der Maler": 3. Versuchung des heiligen Antonius
Trauermusik
Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber: 1. Allegro
Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber: 2. Turandot (Scherzo)
Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber: 3. Andantino
Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber: 4. Marsch

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