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Hindemith: Symphonia Serena, Etc / Tortelier, Bbc Phil


Release Date: 05/12/1994 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9217   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Dennis SimonsAndrew OrtonJanet FisherTania Maxwell
Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Recorded in: New Broadcasting House, Manchester 15-16 February 1993 Producer(s) Ralph Couzens Sound Engineer(s) Don Hartridge Recorded in: New Broadcasting House, Manchester 15-16 February 1993 Producer(s) Ralph Couzens Sound Engineer(s) Don Hartridge Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphonia Serena by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Dennis Simons (Violin), Andrew Orton (Violin), Janet Fisher (Viola),
Tania Maxwell (Viola)
Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1993 
Venue:  New Broadcasting House, Manchester 
Length: 30 Minutes 3 Secs. 
2.
Symphony "Die Harmonie der Welt" by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1993 
Venue:  New Broadcasting House, Manchester 
Length: 34 Minutes 15 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphonia serena: I. Moderately fast - Animato - Broad - Tempo primo
Symphonia serena: II. Geschwindmarsch by Beethoven: Rather fast
Symphonia serena: III. Colloquy: Quiet - Fast - Scherzando - Fast
Symphonia serena: IV. Finale: Gay - Slow - Coda: Fast
Symphony, "Die Harmonie der Welt": I. Musica Instrumentalis
Symphony, "Die Harmonie der Welt": II. Musica Humana
Symphony, "Die Harmonie der Welt": III. Musica Mundana

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 TWO GREAT SYMPHONIES---BUT NOT QUITE HERE... September 10, 2014 By Zita Carno (Tampa, FL) See All My Reviews "Many moons ago, when I was in music conservatory, someone showed me a very funny book called "The Complete Method for French Horn" by a certain Professor Eric von Schmutzig, which had me in stitches. One particular chapter was devoted to complaints, beefs, squawks, gripes and the like, some of which were aimed at---yes, conductors. There was one that really got me: How can anyone follow that @#$%^&*() conductor? Lousy beat...lousy tempo...lousy etc.It happened that my favorite Classical Masterpieces channel played Die Harmonie der Welt this afternoon, and I suddenly thought of that particular gripe with regard to the guy who conducted this piece. I like the piece, but I am not exactly fond of this particular baton-wielder with regard to his tempos: the beginning of the first movement could have been a little slower, more majestic, and the middle section of the movement just a shade faster---and the second movement likewise, a bit more flowing, almost in a subdivided 4 instead of 8...rather like the second movement of the Symphony in E-Flat, which was in 4. I have two other recordings that couple these two symphonies, which I like much better: the one Hindemith conducts himself, the other with Herbert Blomstedt, and I'll stick with those two. Also---I had occasion to conduct the second movement of the Symphonia Serena, back in 1984, and the middle part of that Beethoven paraphrase put me in mind of a pastoral scene with cows mooing and chewing so I did it piu tranquillo, very nice indeed and it set up the return to the first tempo. Next time I'll just change the station for 35 minutes or so." Report Abuse
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