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German Wind Band Classics - Hindemith, Hartmann, Et Al


Release Date: 04/25/2000 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9805   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Paul HindemithErnst TochKarl Amadeus HartmannArnold Schoenberg,   ... 
Performer:  Murray Greig
Conductor:  Timothy ReynishClark Rundell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A crackingly well-played programme of wind-orchestral works featuring premiere recordings of [piece] pieces by Ernst Toch and Boris Blacher, as well as Schoenberg's rarely heard Theme and Variations

Hindemith's 1951 Symphony for wind band is a lively and appealing score, which grew from an initial request for a march from the US Army Band. It's a true symphony, with sonata-form first movement, serious central march enclosing a fleet Scherzo, and fugal finale. The composer himself led the way in the recording studio with the Philharmonia in 1958 for EMI (2/91 - nla) ; the 1959 Berlin RSO performance on Orfeo is from a concert given a year later. Reynish does not quite rise to the composer's massiveness of sound, but his
Read more is a fine and very welcome new version with excellent ensemble and solo playing caught in Chandos's bright, warm sound.

Hartmann's Fifth Symphony (1950, but originating in a much-altered trumpet concerto from 1932) inhabits a Hindemithian sound world. The present version is better played and recorded than the Bavarian RSO account under Kubelik (Wergo), and is a match for Metzmacher and Bamberg (EMI).

Schoenberg's Theme and Variations (1943) should not to be confused with the brilliant Op 31 set. For a start, Op 43 is tonal, one of several such works Schoenberg wrote during his American exile to 'soften his image'. A fine piece, the seven variations and finale are very diverse in character. If not a major utterance, it is of more moment than either the Toch or Blacher novelties that frame it. Toch's Spiel (1926) is energetic, but its resonances of popular musics have a trivial edge. Blacher's Divertimento sounds almost trite but, bizarrely, was commissioned in 1936 for a Luftwaffe band that employed 'degenerate' saxophones. The performances are exemplary, beautifully phrased and balanced, and the sound is rich.

-- Guy Rickards, Gramophone [6/2000]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony for Concert Band in B flat major by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Timothy Reynish
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
2.
Spiel, Op. 39 by Ernst Toch
Conductor:  Timothy Reynish
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Germany 
3.
Symphony no 5 "Symphonie Concertante" by Karl Amadeus Hartmann
Performer:  Murray Greig (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Clark Rundell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; Germany 
4.
Theme and Variations for Band, Op. 43a by Arnold Schoenberg
Conductor:  Timothy Reynish
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
5.
Divertimento for Winds, Op. 7 by Boris Blacher
Conductor:  Timothy Reynish
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 

Featured Sound Samples

Symphony for Concert Band (Hindemith): III. Fugue
Theme and Variations for Band (Schoenberg)

Sound Samples

Symphony in B flat major: I. Moderately fast, with vigour - Molto agitato
Symphony in B flat major: II. Andantino grazioso - Fast and gay
Symphony in B flat major: III. Fugue: Rather broad - Fast, energetic
Spiel, Op. 39: I. Overture: Sehr leicht und beweglich, prazisestes staccatissimo
Spiel, Op. 39: II. Idyll: Allegretto grazioso
Spiel, Op. 39: III. Buffo
Theme and Variations, Op. 43a
Divertimento, Op. 7: I. Intrada
Divertimento, Op. 7: II. March
Symphony No. 5, "Hommage a Stravinsky": I. Toccata [lebhaft]
Symphony No. 5, "Hommage a Stravinsky": II. Melodie [langsam] - Scherzo [sehr lebhaft] - A tempo
Symphony No. 5, "Hommage a Stravinsky": III. Rondo [lustig - sehr lebhaft]

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