Among twentieth century musical figures, Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) was more respected by his peers than embraced by the public -- musicians in the twenty-first century seem to love encountering his work by chance, on speaker systems and other means of popular circulation; and I personally know at least one French hornist who played under him with the New York Philharmonic; but he is a mostly mysterious figure to most casual classical listeners (about 25 years ago, I succeeded in getting him added to Sony Music's "Essential Classics" series, but it took some persuading). True, once a lot of people hear the Mathis Der Maler Symphony, they quickly get to know him, at least through that work. This set -- which includes an excellent performance of that piece -- encompasses a rich cross section of his orchestral works, in notable (if not always the very best) recordings, all gathered together rather neatly in one place at a price that is impossible to argue about. The sound is more than acceptable, and the annotation is very thorough, and this set can reasonably be taken as a fine introduction to the broader swathe of the composer's work. As it has many times in the past decade or thereabouts, Brilliant has brought us a bracing body of musical brilliance, and at an accessible price.