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Hindemith Conducts Hindemith [3 CD Box Set] Box set
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Title: HINDEMITH CONDUCTS HINDEMITH
Street Release Date: 02/10/2004
Genre: CLASSICAL COMPOSERS
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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.Read more ›
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.
here definitively rendered! ER
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Highly recommend this box set - Hearing the composer conduct his own works gives a very clear impression of how he visualized the interpretation of his own works. Read morePublished 11 months ago by KathyK
Valuable historical recordings for musicologists and Hindemith aficionados. They also show the composer's intent in pieces that have been widely interpreted. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Capt. Bill
Authenticity is obviously guaranteed when a composer conducts his own music. Too often, however, the composer lacks the skill and personality to conduct, especially a major... Read morePublished 22 months ago by George Goldberg
Hindemith's 64 year old recordings (almost as old as I am!) still reign supreme. There is an immediacy to the works performed in this DG set. Read morePublished on April 15, 2014 by Joseph Kline PhD, MD
Genius however flawed still utterly stands out from mediocrity. And so with the phenomenon of Paul Hindemith who used to be routinely regarded along with Stravinsky, Schoenberg and... Read morePublished on November 16, 2012 by Joshua Konigsbeg
Just buy it. If you like neoclassical or Hindemith just buy it. These performances are the best and the recording quality is great. Go Hindemith!Published on July 3, 2011 by DroneDaily
Hindemith will always be known as one of the 20th Century's great composers and musical innovators. He also should be known as a superb conductor, at least of his own works. Read morePublished on May 23, 2011 by MildCritter
Among the annals of the most emotive, vibrant and priceless recordings made by any composer, these recordings are of priority importance, because the directorial gifts of Pual... Read morePublished on September 18, 2007 by Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela
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