WDR Sinfonieorchester Kooln & Marek Janowski – Hindemith (2018) [FLAC 24bit/48kHz]

WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln & Marek Janowski – Hindemith (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 58:20 minutes | 573 MB | Genre: Classical
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No, this is not a re-edit, but really a brand new recording – January 2017 – made by the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne and Marek Janowski. In addition to the vigorous and explosive Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber, the theme in question stemming from Schiller’s version of Gozzi’s Turandot, the recording also features the rarer – and much less “fun” – Nobilissima visione suite. In the initial eponymous ballet from which the suite is derived, Hindemith depicted in musical tones a few episodes of the life of Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, better known as Saint Francis of Assisi. The last movement depicts, provided such a text can even be depicted, the Canticle of the Sun; Hindemith turns it into an immense and intense passacaglia that instead of actually “telling” the Canticle, manages to convey its sheer grandeur. The album closes on another splendour, Konzertmusik for Brass and String Orchestra, Op. 50 from 1930, as ordered by Serge Koussevitzky and the Boston Orchestra. In the great polyphonic tradition, the composer “opposes” groups, in this case the brass – 4 trumpets, 4 horns, 3 trombones, 1 tuba – and the strings (for which the partition requires the largest possible headcount), resulting in a fantastic musical, contrapuntal and architectural richness, not to mention a touch of humour in the race between both ensembles in the second part, as the brass play a rather quirky waltz with jazzy accents and the strings a much more “serious” style is adopted. For anyone barely familiar with Hindemith, these two latest works are a must-have, and more than likely a true revelation!

01. Symphonic Metamorphosis After Themes by Carl Maria von Weber: I. Allegro
02. Symphonic Metamorphosis After Themes by Carl Maria von Weber: II. Scherzo. Moderato-Lebhaft
03. Symphonic Metamorphosis After Themes by Carl Maria von Weber: III. Andantino
04. Symphonic Metamorphosis After Themes by Carl Maria von Weber: IV. Marsch
05. Nobilissima visione Suite: I. Einleitung und Rondo
06. Nobilissima visione Suite: II. Marsch und Pastorale
07. Nobilissima visione Suite: III. Passacaglia
08. Konzertmusik, Op. 50″ Bostoner Sinfonie: Pt. 1, Mäßig schnell, mit Kraft-Sehr breit, aber stets fließend
09. Konzertmusik, Op. 50″ Bostoner Sinfonie: Pt. 2, Lebhaft-Langsam-Im ersten Zeitmaß

WDR Symphony Orchestra
Marek Janowski, conductor