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Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik for brass & string; Mathis der Maler / BBC Scottish SO, Brabbins

Notes & Reviews:

MusicWeb International, 18th December 2013
Thanks to Hyperion for their continuing commitment to this composer. As for the indefatigable Martyn Brabbins he's a maestro who is never less than engaging and is clearly committed to the music.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2014
The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra audibly relish the challenges of each work and turn in immaculate perforrmances of each, caught in superb sound by Mike Clements...Brabbins's interpretation have good rhythmic thrust and drive.

Sunday Times, 1st December 2013
Brabbins and co relish the contrast between abrasive, declaratory brass and singing, soaring strings in the Konzertmusik...The Mathis is entirely worthy of this oft-recorded masterpiece, but the Weber Metamorphosis is the highlight, one of Hindemith's most attractive works, delivered with rhythmic bite and colouristic flair.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2014
Hindemith's courageousness inspired music of great luminosity, a quality certainly captured by Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Scottish Symphony...if the BBC Scottish Symphony is never going to match the smoothness of, say, the Berlin Philharmonic...the new performances are no less memorable.

The Observer, 24th November 2013
This fine disc from Martyn Brabbins and the BBCSSO makes an eloquent riposte to all that nonsense [Nazi claims of Hindemith's degeneracy], illustrating in the Symphonic Metamorphosis and the Konzertmusik for brass and strings that Hindemith could be both warmly entertaining and bracingly intellectual at the same time.

This album contains Hindemith's most popular orchestral works, including the Balanchine-choreographed Symphonic Metamorphosis, performed with lapidary precision and great empathy by Hyperion regulars the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins, who have proved themselves consummate interpreters of this composer. Countermanding his reputation a composer of grim, gritty music, this is Hindemith at his most genuinely enjoyable - as Gavin Plumley writes in his informative booklet notes, "Hindemith's music is both intelligible and intellectual, as entertaining as it is finely wrought."


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