From my collection.
Bought in 2010.
First listen: 22-2-2010.
Second listen: 16-3-2010.
Third listen: 30-11-2016.
Recording dates: 28-30 April 1989.
Recording venue: St Jude's Church, Central Square, London.
Recording engineer: Ralph Couzens.
Running time: 60:55.
Classical relevance: Worth having.
Der beherrscher der Geister.
Symphonic metamorphoses on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber.
The Philharmonic, Neeme Järvi.
Weber's overtures are great fun and are extremely well written, and do shine in the hands of this orchestra and Järvi as their conductor. Weber virtually crossed every emotional road there is to travel, and did this in a very short time, concise and energetically pushing his way through the crevices of the human heart, mostly in a positive way. I enjoyed the performance, for Järvi has a tendency to bring out all felicitous details, and coaxes a very fine pianissimo out of the strings, as well as banging you on your head with a witty crescendo. Gets full marks from me, and is excellently recorded.
I have practically all orchestral works by Hindemith, but forgot about this one. It is a totally different beast of a composition, but fits in the context admirably. Hindemith made a feast of the notes he scribbled down, and knitted the whole thing together with gorgeous melodies and sumptuous harmonies. His counterpoint is something that keeps me in respectful awe for his capabilities. Full of surprises this one. And more than a bit better recorded as the Weber pieces.
The performance does honour to the composer, a CD not to be missed, although it's a few years old already, it can stand up to the competition any time.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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