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Original Masters - Hindemith Conducts Hindemith


Release Date: 02/10/2004 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000185302   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Monique HaasHans GieselerHans Otte
Conductor:  Paul Hindemith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra members
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 3 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Hindemith was not a particularly great conductor, and the Berlin Philharmonic of the 1950s was a pale shadow of the ensemble that it later became under Karajan, but there are insights here that more than signal the importance of these recordings for collectors. Hindemith's no-nonsense approach certainly suits his own music even if he tends to pull back from the more grandiose climaxes (such as at the end of the Symphonic Dances). But his swift and light opening movement of the same work is aptly bracing, as is the very slow tempo for the chorale at the beginning of Mathis der Maler. Modern conductors really should pay attention to Hindemith's handling of the percussion in the scherzo of the Symphonic Metamorphosis, and to the way he brings Read more out the brilliant horn writing in the finale.


Hans Otte and Monique Hass make sympathetic soloists in The Four Temperaments and the Concert Music Op. 49, though the brass playing in the Concerto for Orchestra and Die Harmonie der Welt has been trumped many times over. All things considered, it's something of a miracle that DG made these important recordings available again. The mono sound is clear and cohesive, lacking in bass focus but otherwise perfectly acceptable and certainly listenable. The climaxes of Die Harmonie der Welt sound a bit congested, but then that's a common fault on more modern recordings too. Hindemith's star seems to be on the wane at present, but he was a major composer and hearing this set only reinforces the increasingly positive impression that his music makes as time goes on. Grab it while you can.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Orchestra, Op. 38 by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Paul Hindemith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Germany 
2.
Symphonische Tänze by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Paul Hindemith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; Germany 
3.
Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Paul Hindemith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
4.
Symphony "Die Harmonie der Welt" by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Paul Hindemith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
5.
Konzertmusik for Piano, Brass and 2 Harps, Op. 49 by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Conductor:  Paul Hindemith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; Germany 
6.
Symphony "Mathis der Maler" by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Paul Hindemith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
7.
Theme and Variations for Piano and Strings "The Four Temperaments" by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Hans Gieseler (Violin), Hans Otte (Piano)
Conductor:  Paul Hindemith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
8.
Cupid and Psyche by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Paul Hindemith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 

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