Monday, December 7, 2009

Hindemith - Mathis der Maler - Sawallisch, Philadelphia Orchestra






Hindemith - Mathis der Maler - Sawallisch, Philadelphia Orchestra
Symphonic | Eac, flac, cue | no log, cover | 1CD, 305 MB
June 13, 1995 | EMI | RapidShare



A great recording, no doubt about it.


This disc brings together three of Hindemith's masterpieces dating from the 1930s and '40s, each presenting a unique take on the composer's mature style. The symphony Mathis der Maler, drawn from the opera of the same title, uses Lutheran chorales and Gregorian chant for its primary thematic material, while the ancient church modes also feature prominently in Hindemith's ballet about the life of St. Francis of Assisi, Nobilissima Visione. The Symphonic Metamophosis, on the other hand, turns a few tunes by Weber into a brilliant orchestral showpiece. Each of these pieces, then, demonstrates the composer's determination to write new music that remains in touch with the traditions of the past, and they find ideal interpreters in Sawallisch and the Philadelphia Orchestra--performances that combine New World brilliance and panache with Old World warmth and charm. A great recording, no doubt about it. --David Hurwitz



CD Content

# Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber, for orchestra
# Nobilissima visione, ballet suite for orchestra
# Mathis der Maler, symphony (from opera)



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