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Franck: Symphony; Hindemith: Mathis Der Maler / Celibidache

Release Date: 06/24/2010 
Label:  Dg Deutsche Grammophon Catalog #: 469071   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  César FranckPaul Hindemith
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Franck Symphony receives a fine, well-reasoned account, powerful and unsentimental. The opening phrase is predictably slow. It is not unlike Giulini's late DG recording, though it lacks the Italian maestro's conviction. Celibidache gets the tempo relationships between the work's sections absolutely right, and his care for detail and dynamics informs and elucidates every phrase. Even more impressive, he maintains the tension of the line across subtle tempo and dynamic changes, achieving an almost balletic grace in the famous slow movement.

Celibidache's curiously impersonal Franck is followed by a performance of Hindemith's Mathis der Maler Symphony ablaze in power and glory. It says much about this contradictory artist
Read more that he misses the unusually obvious emotional shape of the Franck but finds magic in the counterpoint of Hindemith. The sheen of gold permeates this performance. Every note counts, every phrase and inner voice makes sense. I have been enjoying the powerful and dramatic live Bernstein New York Philharmonic account recently released as Bernstein Live. Celibidache surpasses Bernstein's exultant drama and adds a sublimity of details. The opening of the final "Temptation of St. Anthony" has a savagery well in tune with the Saint's harsh personal regimen. Celibidache makes this movement sound like a personal meditation on good and evil.

-- Michael Fine, FANFARE [9/2001]
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Works on This Recording

Symphony in D minor, M 48 by César Franck
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1888; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1967 
Venue:  Eskilstuna, Stĺlforsskolan, Konserthalle 
Length: 42 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Symphony "Mathis der Maler" by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 11/1970 
Venue:  Hamburg, Musikhalle 
Length: 27 Minutes 23 Secs. 

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