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Hindemith: "Mathis der Maler"; Nobilissima Visione; Symphonic Metamorphoses
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Hindemith: "Mathis der Maler"; Nobilissima Visione; Symphonic Metamorphoses

19 Mar. 1997 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1995
  • Release Date: 19 Mar. 1997
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1995 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 1:09:34
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  • ASIN: B001N042QE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,553 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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Doubt whether I have heard the metamorphosis for 25 years, since the days of a Szell vinyl that I had. I'm now making up for lost time collecting Abbado's back catalogue; he is amazing. This is an astonishing disc, which is really accessible, with memorable themes. As well as the brilliant playing, this disc is most remarkable for its colossal dynamic range which makes you sit up and pay attention. Tried it on a long tedious journey, but it's really too overwhelming for driving! One to listen to. My favourite disc of the moment.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d1500e4) out of 5 stars A Luxurious Set of Hindemith Orchestral Works 9 July 2005
By Grady Harp - Published on
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For some reason recent years have found Paul Hindemith's important orchestral works appearing less frequently on the concert repertoire. While the interest in the symphonies of Mahler, Bruckner, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and the other composers of 'big sounds' continues to grow, Hindemith seems to have fallen out of grace. Even surveying the recorded library finds only the chamber music by this gifted composer well represented. So it is with great pleasure that this 1995 recording by Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic is as fine as any available recordings of the three large symphonic works.

Abbado appears to have an affinity for these works. His conducting pays strict attention to all of the intricacies of the inner voices of the orchestra while never allowing these vividly drawn details to wander away from the overall architecture of the works. 'Symphony, Mathis der Maler' was Hindemith's own compilation of the orchestral interludes from his opera by the same name. This is romanticism at its highest level - passion, heavenly illusions/delusions, big brass choirs crowning lush massed strings, arching singing lines that reach organ-like climaxes. It is majestic!

'Noblissima Visione' was written as ballet but it works extremely well as a symphonic tone poem. The work is one of the least performed of Hindemith's: here Abbado makes a staggering case for the powerful range of expression it holds. And finally the 'Symphonische Metamorphosen' is given the concerto for orchestra treatment it deserves. Each of the sections of the Berlin orchestra demonstrates why their sound remains at the top of the lists for the world's great orchestras. The work is complex in construction, and yet as with all of Hindemith's works, the complexities when performed to perfection as here with Abbado at the helm make the work seem light and simple.

The recorded sound is rich and full. This is a generous CD and for those looking for the penultimate Hindemith recording of these three masterpieces, there is at present none better. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, July 05
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d150138) out of 5 stars Are there no limits to Abbado's genius? 2 Jan. 2013
By stevenrothbard - Published on
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Claudio Abbado is generally not known for his playing of Hindemith, but this recording shows that such an idea should be changed. There are few recordings of these well-known works as well played as they are here by the world's greatest orchestra lead by the world's greatest conductor, especially in such sumptuous sound. Just listen to the stunning ending of the Symphonic Metamorphoses in which every detail is clear as is the summer's sun, and you'll give special attention to this disc. It's interesting what Hindemith could do with the little pieces of Weber he was working with, and like Beethoven, he makes a great piece from minor material. The sound and playing on this disc are so good that I got up and conducted the music myself. It provided a good ti chi sort of work out we all need.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c46c9d8) out of 5 stars First-class performances of Hindemith's most popular works 27 Oct. 2011
By Joey Joe Joe Jr. Shabadoo - Published on
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We should feel thankful that conductors like Abbado venture off the beaten path in terms of repertoire, as it affords us the opportunity to hear the works of lesser-known composers performed and interpreted by a top-notch ensemble and conductor. Hindemith was often criticized as a workmanlike and uninspired composer, but at his best he combines impeccable craftsmanship with memorable melodies and complex development. Abbado certainly makes a strong case for the composer on this disc. Abbado pays great attention to the inner voicing present in these scores, which for a contrapuntist in Hindemith's class is extremely important. However he also has his ear on the overall structure of these works, which again is highly important for a composer as meticulous and Hindemith. The Berlin Phil, as usual, demonstrates its virtuosity with aplomb in these difficult-to-play 20th century scores.

Don't let the fact that Hindemith is a 20th century composer put you off. His music is very listenable and approachable, and always rooted in tonality, unlike the work of many of his contemporaries. He pays quite a bit of homage to Bach, as counterpoint and fugue are omnipresent throughout his ouevre, albeit colored by 20th century harmonic language. Here we are given perhaps his two most famous orchestral works, namely the Symphonic Metamorphoses and Symphonie "Mathis der Maler", along with another work which should be better known, Nobilissima Visione. All works resonate with dense polyphonics and feature some surprisingly catchy themes. The works are performed excellently, and number among the finest performances of these works available. Blomstedt, Kletzki and Bernstein are also worth checking out - if you like Hindemith, you'll likely want more than one interpretation of these works - but for me, this disc has to be at the top of the heap for any Hindemith fan.

The recording quality is exceptional. This is a late 1990s, high quality digital recording and all parts are easily heard. The liner notes are also excellent, written in multiple languages and providing a lot of detail on the works and the composer.

This disc should not be missed. Hindemith's star waned towards the end of the 20th century, but he appears to be making a bit of a comeback. It's good that a modern conductor of Abbado's stature is willing to champion his work, as Bernstein did so many years ago. This disc serves as an excellent introduction to the surprisingly accessible works of this very hardworking German expatriate, a composer who in many ways carried the torch of the Austro-Germanic tradition into the 20th century through successful fusion of old and new. Highly recommended for the slightly adventurous.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d1503c0) out of 5 stars Excellent performance and recording 3 Nov. 2013
By Dean Sigler - Published on
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The performance and recording are both excellent, with a slightly more somber sound and approach than that for that by the San Francisco Orchestra with Blomstedt. I purchased both at the same time since the SFO recording is a triple disk set with additional works.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d1501f8) out of 5 stars Great Mathis der Maler from Abbado, but... 15 April 2009
By Guitar - Published on
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I wish that Abbado released a studio recording of Mathis der Maler. This is a live recording, but Nobilissima and Metamorphoses are studio recordings. I still feel that Blomstedt's performance with the SF Symphony is the greatest version of Mathis. Blomstedt has the overall proportions judged to perfection. Abbado does a tremendous job, it's just that Blomstedt's performance was legendary. I still give Abbado 5 stars - a great job, indeed.
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