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Hindemith: Mathis Der Maler, Etc; Walton / Ormandy, Szell

Release Date: 10/19/1993 
Label:  Sony Classical Essential Classics Catalog #: 53258   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Paul HindemithSir William Walton
Conductor:  Eugene OrmandyGeorge Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia OrchestraCleveland Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

Special Order: This CD requires additional production time and ships within 2-3 weeks.  

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The two Szell performances (Walton's variations and the Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis) belong among the great recordings. With playing that defines virtuosity, and interpretations that don't miss a trick, they belong in every collection. Szell was selective in his promotion of 20th century music, but his taste level was beyond reproach; and when he took on a new work, watch out! Walton's Hindemith Variations bid fair to be considered his orchestral masterpiece, and in Szell's hands you'd never doubt it.

Ormandy also was a lifelong and sympathetic exponent of Hindemith; his late recordings of the Symphonic Metamorphosis and the Concert Music for Strings and Brass are truly great ones. This performance of Mathis der Maler
Read more isn't quite so fine, being a touch soft-edged in the finale (and the loud cymbal roll on the last chord of the first movement isn't an improvement on what Hindemith actually wrote), but certainly there's little else to quibble about. Sonically the Cleveland items get more natural, better balanced engineering. A classic, available "on-demand" from Arkivmusic.com.

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

Symphony "Mathis der Maler" by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 01/17/1962 
Venue:  Town Hall, Philadelphia 
Length: 26 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/10/1964 
Venue:  Severance Hall, Cleveland 
Length: 18 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Variations on a Theme by Hindemith by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962-1963; England 
Date of Recording: 10/09/1964 
Venue:  Severance Hall, Cleveland 
Length: 22 Minutes 45 Secs. 

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