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Hindemith: Nobilissima Visione, Mathis Der Maler, Symphonic Metamorphosen / Neschling

Hindmith / Osesp / Neschling
Release Date: 07/26/2011 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1730  
Composer:  Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


All politics is local: John Neschling left the São Paulo Symphony a few years ago, which is a pity because, on disc at least, it was a splendid collaboration. Neschling offers exceptional performances of these three works, and the competition is very strong, including the likes of Bernstein, Szell, Ormandy, Steinberg, and (for all three works) Levi/Atlanta on Telarc. Nobilissima Visione and the Symphonic Metamorphosis usually go well; while they don't exactly play themselves, most recordings of them are good to excellent. These are excellent. The march finale of the Metamorphosis has real swagger, and Neschling captures the serenity of the opening of Nobilissima Visione quite beautifully,
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Getting the symphony right is another matter. The problem usually is the finale: it's often taken too slowly, its galloping rhythm stiff and (ultimately) dull. The classic failure in this regard is Horenstein's Unicorn recording, but Neschling passes the test with flying colors. Indeed, this finale is certainly one of the most exciting on disc. Neschling captures the decadent romanticism of the central section particularly well. There's not a mechanical or cold measure anywhere, not even in the broken rhythms of the central "Entombment", and the sonics are rich, warm, and thrilling, making the orchestra's opulent brass and ringing horns sound surprisingly Germanic.

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

1. Symphony "Mathis der Maler" by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
2. Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
3. Nobilissima Visione by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Switzerland 

Sound Samples

Symphony, "Mathis der Maler": I. Engelkonzert (Angelic Concert)
Symphony, "Mathis der Maler": II. Grablegung (The Entombment)
Symphony, "Mathis der Maler": III. Versuchung des heiligen Antonius (The Temptation of St. Anthony)
Nobilissima visione Suite: I. Einleitung und Rondo
Nobilissima visione Suite: II. Marsch und Pastorale
Nobilissima visione Suite: III. Passacaglia
Symphonic Metamorphosis after Themes by Carl Maria von Weber: I. Allegro
Symphonic Metamorphosis after Themes by Carl Maria von Weber: II. Scherzo (Turandot): Moderato - Lebhaft
Symphonic Metamorphosis after Themes by Carl Maria von Weber: III. Andantino
Symphonic Metamorphosis after Themes by Carl Maria von Weber: IV. Marsch

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