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Trio - Hindemith: Orchestral Works /Herbert Blomstedt, Et Al


Release Date: 03/09/2004 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000201102   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Geraldine Walther
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony OrchestraLeipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Much great music making happened in San Francisco well before Michael Tilson Thomas arrived on the scene. Herbert Blomstedt's individual discs of Hindemith's major orchestral works were among the highlights of his decade-long, highly musical tenure there (along with his Nielsen and Strauss), a trend that continued on his arrival in Leipzig. After a brief stint in the all-too-familiar "now out-of-print" category, these performances have made their much deserved reappearance on this handy-dandy Trio set. Can better recordings of some of the individual works be had? Perhaps, but certainly not by much. San Francisco's illustrious brass section gets put through its paces to maximum effect in the glorious Konzertmusik, as well as in the Read more "Alleluia" brass chorale coda to the Temptation of St. Anthony (Mathis der Maler).


The nearly Concertgebouw-like acoustics of the Gewandhaus help to clarify the dense and busy textures of Hindemith's over-the-top Die Harmonie der Welt (with the equally super-sounding Leipzig orchestra), a work that certainly deserves and rewards repeated listening. And speaking of deserving works, the almost completely unknown yet sunny Symphonia Serena earns the attention of even the most novice listeners, as well those suffering from modern-music-phobia--it's that good. Viola fans will receive quite a treat from super-virtuoso Gerald Walther on Der Schwanendreher, Hindemith's somewhat subdued yet attractive viola concerto. It's hard to imagine that a better performance of it is even possible, and Decca's sound quality is top-notch throughout. In sum, this is a hugely satisfying set: great works, great conducting, great playing. Yes, it's just that simple.
--Barry Guerrero, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony "Mathis der Maler" by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
2.
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 
3.
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 
4.
Konzertmusik for Brass and Strings, Op. 50 by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; Germany 
5.
Der Schwanendreher by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Geraldine Walther (Viola)
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Germany 
6.
Nobilissima Visione by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Switzerland 
7.
Symphonia Serena by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
8.
Symphony "Die Harmonie der Welt" by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 

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