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  • Audio CD (February 10, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: AAD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B0000U1NHE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,373 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Concerto for Orchestra, Op. 38: 2. Sehr schnelle Halbe
2. Concerto for Orchestra, Op. 38: 4. Basso ostinato. Schnelle Viertel
3. Konzertmusik for piano, 10 brass instruments & 2 harps, Op. 49: 1. Ruhig gehende Viertel
4. Konzertmusik for piano, 10 brass instruments & 2 harps, Op. 49: 2. Lebhaft
5. Konzertmusik for piano, 10 brass instruments & 2 harps, Op. 49: 3. Sehr ruhig. Variationen
6. Mathis der Maler, symphony (from opera): 1. Engelkonzert: Ruhig bewegt
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Disc: 2
1. Symphonic Dances, for orchestra: 1. Langsam
2. Symphonic Dances, for orchestra: 2. Lebhaft
3. Symphonic Dances, for orchestra: 3. Sehr langsam
4. Theme with Four Variations. The Four Temperaments, ballet for piano & strings: 1. Thema: Moderato - Allegro assai - Moderato
5. Theme with Four Variations. The Four Temperaments, ballet for piano & strings: 2. Variation I: Melancholisch. Langsam - Presto - Lang
6. Theme with Four Variations. The Four Temperaments, ballet for piano & strings: 3. Variation II: Sanguinisch. Walzer
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Disc: 3
1. Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber, for orchestra: 1. Langsam
2. Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber, for orchestra: 2. Lebhaft
3. Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber, for orchestra: 3. Sehr langsam
4. Amor & Psyche, overture for chamber orchestra
5. Symphony, 'Die Harmonie der Welt' (The Music of the Spheres): 1. Musica Instrumentalis: Breit
6. Symphony, 'Die Harmonie der Welt' (The Music of the Spheres): 2. Musica Humana: Sehr getragen
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I find this music to be riveting, exciting, intellectual and heartfelt.
Brucknerian2006
This despite the fact that even though the recorded sound is excellent for its time, the perfomance level often borders on the ragged.
Joshua Konigsbeg
Hindemith will always be known as one of the 20th Century's great composers and musical innovators.
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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Victor A. Grauer on March 6, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Hindemith may not have been a Schoenberg or Stravinsky, but at his most inspired he was certainly way up there near the top of the heap, among the greatest composers of the late lamented 20th Century. What these recordings tell us, however, and to me this comes as something of a shock, is that he was also a truly great conductor. All the performances in this set are in my opinion truly extraordinary, among the very best orchestral performances I've ever heard -- of any music by any composer of any period.

Everything one would expect of a superlative performance is here, the tempi, the balances, the shadings, accents, nuance, intonation, attention to detail, attention to overall structure, sweep, authority, intensity, even expressiveness (YES, expressiveness!) and passion (yes, passion too).

To get a sense of how remarkable a conductor Hindemith is, listen carefully to the slow movement of Mathis. With tempi this slow (and this is the slowest I've heard for this piece, extremely slow), it's very difficult to maintain interest, not to mention control. However, in the hands of Hindemith and this remarkable orchestra, with whom he's obviously established an extraordinary rapport, the tempo works beautifully and the piece takes on an almost Mahlerian intensity I'd never heard before.

As if this weren't enough, the set contains one of the most remarkable pianistic performances I've ever heard, from Hindemith's composition student, Hans Otte.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brad Richman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"Hindemith Conducts Hindemith: The Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon" is another essential release in Universal's "Original Masters" series. This 3CD set features the composer himself conducting some of his best known works, including his two Symphonies, Symphonic Metamorphosis, Concerto for Orchestra, and Konzertmusik with Monique Haas on piano. All of the recordings hail from 1954-57 and while they are in mono, the DG sound is clear as a bell. Previously I owned a dozen or so CDs featuring various Hindemith works (performed by conductors Abbado, Bernstein, Blomstedt, Goossens, Kletzki, Kubelik, Szell, etc.), but only one with Hindemith himself conducting his own music (the Violin Concerto with David Oistrakh -- see my review). Well if you like a composer and have the ability to hear them conduct their own music, then you should do it, whatever the cost. I mean what would you give to have the opportunity to hear Beethoven or Mozart perform! Luckily in this case you don't have to fantasize, you just have to buy this affordable, budget-priced box set.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Snyder on February 4, 2006
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Hindemith jumped at the chance to record his major works with Deutsche Grammophon when it was offered in the early 1950s.

First, was his theory of conducting. He felt the conductor should, as much as possible, be "transparent" and not add anything to the music, i.e., through not gesticulating (especially wildly), etc.

Second, he had seen and heard conductors do just that to his works. And he had heard this result in what he considered overconducting.

Now, that doesn't mean that Hindemith wanted some "native" style of conducting, or even people conducting his works as sight-reading exercises. He expected a piece to be properly understood so that such overconducting was unnecessary.

The result is to be heard here. Now, by "lean and clean," we're not not talking Boulez. But, compared to his day and age, to the Furtwaenglers and others, we are talking something almost that spare.

When you hear these CDs, you'll immediately understand why Hindemith thought that other composers made his music sound too muddy.

These are mono recordings, but in studio in the early and mid 1950s with the Berlin Philharmonic, the baseline sound quality was quite good and the CDs have been well-engineered.

This is an outstanding buy of a great 20th-century composer.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Eckhart H. Richter on November 9, 2006
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The musician's musician, the most versatile, skilled and knowledgeable composer of the 20th Century can be heard with delight in this excellently remastered Deutsche Grammophon recording of him conducting the Berlin Phiharmonic Orchestra in definitive renditions of some of his own masterpieces. Hindemith by and large was the best interpreter of his own works. Under his direction pure, unadulterated, joyfull music-making of great vitality prevails, thoroughly unpedantic, yet devoid of vanity, pretentious display or exaggeration. The rendition of the Mathis Symphony is, of course, definitive and the nowadays most frequently perfomed Symphonic Metamorphosis is done with gusto. But we would like to call special attention to such an inexplicably neglected masterpiece as the thoroughly delightful, but substantial Symphonic Dances and the unique and profound Konzermusik for piano, brass & harp. What neo-Baroque, roaring twenties exhuberance displayed in the Concerto for Orchestra and what a gem of human insight "The Four Temperaments",

here definitively rendered! ER
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