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Hindemith: Mathis der Maler Box set

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  • Performer: Roland Hermann, Josef Protschka, Victor von Halem, Hermann Winkler
  • Orchestra: North German Radio Chorus, Cologne Radio Chorus
  • Conductor: Gerd Albrecht
  • Composer: Paul Hindemith
  • Audio CD (1 July 1994)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Wergo
  • ASIN: B000025SIQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 430,569 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Vorspiel: Engelkonzert
2. Sonniges Land. Mildes Drangen Schon Nahen Sommers
3. Rector Potens, Verax Deus
4. Aufmachen! Helft Uns!
5. Woher Kommt Ihr Denn?
6. Was Redest Du Da?
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Disc: 2
1. Man Konnte Papstlich Werden
2. Was bin ich Anderes in Dieser Manner welt
3. Unsre Schande Leuchte in Des Feuers Schein
4. Du Hast uns Lange Getreten
5. Wer Heiss Euchden Grafen Ermorden?
6. Das Sieht Euch Gleich
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Disc: 3
1. Du Wirst Mich Verlieren
2. Alte Marchen Woben Uns Fromme Bilder
3. Du Hast ihn Verschleudert
4. Gibst Du Noch So Viel
5. Und Dich Hat der Tod Vergessen
6. Du Bist zu alt Geworden
See all 12 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Mathis the Painter, Opera in seven scenes, 3 CD`s and 88page booklet
choir: Kölner Rundfunkchor
choir: Chor des Norddeutschen Rundfunks
chorus master:
-Werner Hagen
-Godfried Ritter
conductor: Gerd Albrecht
-Ulrich Ress
-Victor von Halem
-John Cogram
-Hermann Winkler
-Sabine Hass
-Harald Stamm
-Gabriele Rossmanith
-Heinz Kruse
-Roland Hermann
-Marilyn Schmiege
-Ulrich Hielscher
-Josef Protschka
composer: Paul Hindemith
"...Ancient folksongs, battlesongs from the time of the Reformation, and Gregorian chant, these provide the fertile soil from which the music in 'Mathis' grows, which hopefully spreads at least a faint reflection of the light under whose warming rays it was able to bloom: the spirit of one of the greatest artists we have ever seen."(Hindemith,1938) Hindemith's opera "Mathis der Maler" was written between the years 1933 and 1935. The relevance of the material, especially the problem of combining artistic activity and politics, was immediately recognized. For Hindemith- as he mentioned himself several times - the period of artistic noncommitment was over; the works to be created would have to be of a different kind, a music emphasizing more than mere virtuosity or entertainment; he became aware at this time that the artist holds a position of high responsibility toward humanity as well as for art and the defence of art. Hindemith shares this attitude towards art with Mathis, who- at the beginning of the 16th century- experienced the dawn of a new age with its inevitable destruction of the perceptions which until then had held sway, and who also chose to concentrate in his work on the unfolding of tradition. The opera "Mathis der Maler" is the first document of this new position; it is a work that seeks to cause everything personal and temporal, if not to be forgotten, at least to recede into the background.

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fox on 1 Sept. 2010
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This is probably as good a recording as you could want with fine digital sound and being very well played. However, it offers some of the poorest documentation available for a CD opera. The background information is scant and poorly written, and comes without a libretto in english - a major setback for a piece like this for the English public where text and music dialectically complement each other. Contrast this set with Wergo's 'Harmony of the Universe' where Hindemith and the buyer are far better served: as a reviewer says, this is a model of how to package and document, unlike this Mathis. At thirty pounds, this is poor value and over-expensive. The record company are working on the basis that as the only Mathis available currently, this monopoly position merits the neglect of the normal standards for an opera production on disc. A pity. But if these reservations do not bother you, then I advise you to go for it. This is undeniably a good performance, if not quite having the vocal and orchestral power that the old (deleted) Jochum DG version offered.
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