Paul Hindemith: Symphony in E flat major (audio, score)

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Paul Hindemith: Symphony in E flat major (audio, score)

Post by maestrob » Fri Sep 23, 2022 9:10 am

The Symphony is in four movements, with the last two played without break. The opening panel is marked "Very lively," and begins with a fanfare-like theme of heroic character. The music bristles with energy as the main theme permeates the musical landscape throughout. The short first movement is followed by the relatively lengthy second, marked "Very slowly." It starts off in a funereal mood, with brass and winds presenting a somber theme. The strings take it up and the music gradually intensifies, producing several climactic episodes. The third movement, marked "Lively," is really a scherzo, though the composer did not designate it as such. The music is playful and energetic, full of high spirits and humor. The finale begins with a variant of the fanfare-like theme from the first movement. As the music progresses, this theme transforms more closely back to its original guise. The whole movement is dramatic and heroic and reaches a resoundingly triumphant conclusion.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jitbwlX0_ds

New York Philharmonic, Bernstein(?)

Enjoy!

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Re: Paul Hindemith: Symphony in E flat major (audio, score)

Post by Modernistfan » Fri Sep 23, 2022 12:05 pm

Bernstein recorded this for Columbia (now reissued on CD by Sony). I have had that recording for years. I cannot understand why that work is not played much more frequently.

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Re: Paul Hindemith: Symphony in E flat major (audio, score)

Post by maestrob » Fri Sep 23, 2022 12:27 pm

Modernistfan wrote:
Fri Sep 23, 2022 12:05 pm
Bernstein recorded this for Columbia (now reissued on CD by Sony). I have had that recording for years. I cannot understand why that work is not played much more frequently.
Agree completely.

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Re: Paul Hindemith: Symphony in E flat major (audio, score)

Post by Rach3 » Fri Sep 23, 2022 3:15 pm

Thanks for this ! My first hearing.Agree with you both, should be heard more often.

Fww, his almost unknown piano concerto of 1945; interesting, although not as inspired as his "Four Temperments " for piano and orchestra:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S62ePL-WLyI (Concerto)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1gk0p_De4w (Temperments)

And Maria Yudina playing his great Third Piano Sonata:

A 1960-64 recording, my recording is Gould, but enjoyed Yudina, too, hers a bit more Romantic than Gould.Gould’s at YT as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84Sn-KzsV94

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Re: Paul Hindemith: Symphony in E flat major (audio, score)

Post by Rach3 » Sat Sep 24, 2022 7:37 am

Good time to re-visit "Mathis Der Maler", here Bernstein again in 1989 with Israel Philharmonic on DGG: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rB3AZK4jXsg

I have a fond memory of hearing the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Kurt Masur do "Mathis" live in the late 70's, a programme with also included an opening Mozart 39th and Beethoven's 7th after Intermission .They did the final movement of the 7th as the encore.

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Re: Paul Hindemith: Symphony in E flat major (audio, score)

Post by Rach3 » Sun Sep 25, 2022 9:22 am

Rach3 wrote:
Fri Sep 23, 2022 3:15 pm

Fww, his almost unknown piano concerto of 1945; interesting, although not as inspired as his "Four Temperments " for piano and orchestra:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S62ePL-WLyI (Concerto)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1gk0p_De4w (Temperments)

And here is his Left-Hand PC, might have been my first hearing this am, also interesting, perhaps more so than the Piano Concerto, but "Temperments" still tops, IMHO:

Hindemith’s Piano Concerto for the Left-Hand, Leon Fleisher, live 2005, San Francisco Symphony under Herbert Blomstedt:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjvBcnjGhT0 (16 minutes )

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Re: Paul Hindemith: Symphony in E flat major (audio, score)

Post by Heck148 » Wed Sep 28, 2022 2:36 pm

Modernistfan wrote:
Fri Sep 23, 2022 12:05 pm
Bernstein recorded this for Columbia (now reissued on CD by Sony). I have had that recording for years. I cannot understand why that work is not played much more frequently.
Really!! this should be a repertoire staple...it's colorful, intense, exciting, very substantial...
orchestras should perform this work every time they think they need to give Tchaik 4, 5 or Rach 2 yet another go around...[aaaargh]

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