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Symphonic Movements (Rickenbacker)

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  • Orchestra: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Karl Anton Rickenbacher
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler, Paul Hindemith
  • Audio CD (4 Feb. 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Virgin Classics
  • ASIN: B00005UUQ9
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 623,377 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Totenfeier
  2. Blumine
  3. Adagio from Symphony No. 10

Disc: 2

  1. Allegro
  2. Turandot, Scherzo
  3. Andantino
  4. Marsch
  5. Ouvertuere: Neues vom Tage - Paul Hindemith
  6. Engelkonzert
  7. Grablegung
  8. Verschung des heiligen Antonius

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I write this only to mention that there is a very fine performance of Hindemith's 'Mathis der Maler' symphony to be had here. For whatever reason, Hindemith's symphony "Mathis der Maler" has special meaning for me, and this performance, with Karl Anton Rickenbacher conducting the Bamberg Symphony, has always seemed one of the most satisfying. It unfolds with a wonderful kind of unforced naturalness and grace that somehow seems completely in tune with Hindemith's unique idiom in this work. The 1989 recording shows only a slight trace of age, a slight sense of digital hardness, but nothing that should put off anyone who happens to love this work. I really have no idea who Rickenbacher is, but he works wonders with these pieces, and even if the recording quality isn't perfect, my sense is that the acoustic venue in which they play is near ideal, making it overall full-bodied, rich, and detailed, even with that tiny bit of "digital" sound. The other works are performed equally well by this conductor, who seems in special sympathy with Hindemith.
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It may seem a bit odd to combine Mahler with Hindemith, but the combination makes for a quite pleasant listening experience.
Most Mahler cycles tend to leave out Blumine (originally a part of his first symphony) and Totenfeier (which ultimately became the first movement of his second symphony) and sometimes also the adagio of the tenth symphony, so it is good to have them on one disc.
Hindemith lived to be 17 years older than Mahler, saw himself as a composer who also conducted (rather than the other way round like Mahler) and as a consequence composed a body of work next to which Mahler's is dwarfed (in numbers, not in stature).
The Sinfonische Metamorphosen is a splendid work (all four movements, but the march especially) and it is over in 21 very enjoyable minutes. Mathis der Mahler, an equally fine work is slightly longer while the tonally most modern sounding work, Neues vom Tage, is relatively short.
Rickenbacher and his Bambergers make the most of these harmonically dense works; all details are wonderfully clear and concentrated listening is a very rewarding experience indeed. Afraid of Hindemith or Mahler? Shove these discs in your player and all fear will disappear at the first drop of Rickenbacher's baton.
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