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Hindemith: Mathis Der Maler / Violin Concertos / Metamorphoses on Themes of Weber

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  • Composer: Paul Hindemith
  • Audio CD (21 July 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00000E4W6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,045 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Unless you're already interested in Hindemith and his music you won't even come across this review, in which case you probably already know that this is not the greatest recording of either 'Mathis der Maler' or the 'Symphonic Metamorphoses' - these are merely Decca using back-catalogue fillers to the main event, the definitive recording of the Violin Concerto with Hindemith conducting, performed by David Oistrakh.
If you have never come across David Oistrakh before, prepare for the most sublime experience of listening disbelief. A great international ambassador for peace and culture, rising above his use as propaganda by the Soviet authorities in the 1950s and 1960s, he was a supreme artist with a flawless technique and incomparable tone. Many of his recordings of the great violin repertoire are acknowledged references (especially Brahms, Sibelius, Beethoven, Shostakovitch, Prokofiev, Khatchaturian...) and are well worth hunting out by both the collector and the general listener, neither of whom will be disappointed. In these days of mass-marketed 'super-artists', most of whom are merely gloss and hype (and pretty face) rather than truly talented, it is easy to forget that towering giants like these existed, and that they were such stylistic individuals, as it often takes merely a few seconds to recognise their distinctive voice and tone quality. We are only fortunate that recordings like this can preserve some memory of the great interpreters of the past as beacons of true inspiration in the present sea of anodyne homogenity.
Enough of the lecture and pedigree - Oistrakh is superlative, Hindemith was a great conductor and interpeter of his own music with a good understanding of the violin (he was an excellent viola player - no joke!
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one of the greatest recordings of all time. there is a couple of moments of absolute beauty, sept 62 west hampstead, its not the beatles, but i know people feel the same way.
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For those who don't know the music of Hindemith (as I didn't for many years) try these for size. I think you will be suitably wowed!
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