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HINDEMITH, P.: Nobilissima Visione (Complete Ballet) / 5 Pieces for String Orchestra (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)


Naxos 8.572763

   Fanfare, January 2015
   Chicago Tribune, December 2014
   Fanfare, November 2014
   Fanfare, November 2014
   American Record Guide, November 2014
   Audio Video Club of Atlanta, October 2014
   Gramophone, October 2014
   MusicWeb International, September 2014
   Classical Net, September 2014
   MusicWeb International, September 2014
   Classical Music, September 2014
   BBC Music Magazine, September 2014
   Musical Toronto, August 2014
   MusicWeb International, August 2014
   MusicWeb International, August 2014
   Classical CD Choice, August 2014
   Sinfini Music, August 2014
   Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, July 2014
   Infodad.com, July 2014
   ClassicsToday.com, July 2014
   The Buffalo News, July 2014
   David's Review Corner, July 2014

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Phillip Scott
Fanfare, January 2015

…Naxos has put us in its debt once again with a complete recording of a ballet previously known only through an orchestral suite.

Needless to say, this is an excellent performance, stirringly played and conducted, and cleanly recorded…

The Seattle musicians are…stylish, and these pieces provide a pleasant and appropriate makeweight to the ballet. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



John von Rhein
Chicago Tribune, December 2014

The music Paul Hindemith wrote for Leonide Massine’s 1936 ballet about St. Francis of Assisi is almost always heard in the composer’s three-movement concert suite. But hearing the complete score is a revelation, and Naxos’ fine new recording does it full justice. © 2014 Chicago Tribune



Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, November 2014

The music is relatively attractive…[and I was] struck by the wonderful lilt that Schwarz gives to the music; he makes it dance, indeed.

Overall…a good disc. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



James H. North
Fanfare, November 2014

The performance is excellent…Naxos’ clean, clear recorded sound gives us vastly more detail within the orchestra…

…some previously unknown music and some little known, all of it top-of-the-line Hindemith. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review




Roger Hecht
American Record Guide, November 2014

…suitable and cleaner than some early Seattle issues. In short, the Schwarz will do just fine. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, October 2014

…nowhere will you find [these works] performed more convincingly than in this beautifully detailed recording by Schwarz and the Seattle. Schwarz handles the cool lyricism and the glowing harmonies of Hindemith’s score with the greatest assurance, and he receives a superb response from every desk of the orchestra. Of particular notice are the contributions of Ko-ichiro Yamamoto, whose gorgeous trombone artistry informs so much of the score of Nobilissima Visione, and the violin of Emma McGrath, whose playing serves a similar purpose in illuminating the companion work on this CD, Five Pieces for String Orchestra. © 2014 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review



Guy Rickards
Gramophone, October 2014

…what appeals here is that Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony play it as a theatre score, so the familiar episodes from the concert suite sound quite different played by a smaller band in context. Yamamoto renders the various trombone solos very nicely indeed and overall one is surprised by how much superb invention is in the music Hindemith left out of the suite. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Nick Barnard
MusicWeb International, September 2014

Gerard Schwarz and his nimble Seattle players are energetic and skilled guides. In Schwarz’s complete score the sonorous string writing is prefaced by a beautiful—and beautifully played—bassoon elegy. Indeed time and again the complete score struck me with the fluent skill with which the eleven sections flow together both musically and as a narrative in a most satisfying way.

…the ninth section which features a spectacular trombone solo [is] played with gleeful brilliance by Ko-ichiro Yamamoto.

Emma McGrath’s violin solos [in the Five Pieces for String Orchestra] are beautifully played.

Overall, an interesting addition to the Hindemith discography… © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Robert Cummings
Classical Net, September 2014

Nobilissima Visione’s scoring is often modest and transparent and features much writing for winds, in particular for the trombone. The performance under the masterly baton of Gerard Schwarz is convincing and totally committed.

The Five Pieces for String Orchestra, Op 44…is a rather modest collection of pieces originally meant to have educational value for student performers…the scoring is very transparent and the expressive language accessible…[this] makes a splendid filler for this disc, especially as the performance is once again excellent. The sound reproduction in both works is powerful and clear. Highly recommended! © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review



Brian Wilson
MusicWeb International, September 2014

…there is plenty of fine music in the complete ballet…[and] there’s no need to hesitate. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Guy Weatherall
Classical Music, September 2014

Hindemith fans will know the suite he extracted from Nobilissima Visione; they will not know the 25 minutes he opted not to include, nor the tightly-argued structure of a ballet written for Massine and based on Giotto’s magnificent frescoes on the life of St Francis. It gets a fine performance here. © 2014 Classical Music




John Allison
BBC Music Magazine, September 2014

Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony prove ideal exponents, capturing the essence of the music in a searing performance, and making the Five Pieces despite their pedagogical origin—more than a mere filler. © 2014 BBC Music Magazine



Paul E. Robinson
Musical Toronto, August 2014

The Naxos all-Hindemith CD is one of the last recordings made by Gerard Schwarz in Seattle before he stepped down as music director. The repertoire is interesting.

The performance is quite good with particularly fine solo work by trombonist Ko-ichiro Yamamoto. © 2014 Musical Toronto Read complete review



Leslie Wright
MusicWeb International, August 2014

This is a very colourful score with every movement providing plenty of musical interest and memorable themes. Gerard Schwarz and his Seattle Symphony clearly have the measure of the work, the Hindemith idiom seeming second nature to them. The whole orchestra plays splendidly throughout.

Naxos has provided Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony with a big, bold sound, recorded upfront that suits this music well. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, August 2014

…this is a significant and enjoyable release for all Hindemith fans. It’s done with utter conviction and apposite style by Schwarz and the Seattle orchestra who have already gained fame for their outstanding Borodin, Rimsky and Shostakovich discs for this company. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Barry Forshaw
Classical CD Choice, August 2014

…Nobilissima Visione (The Noblest Vision), is a work of lyricism, elegy and majesty performed by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra under Gerard Schwarz. © 2014 Classical CD Choice Read complete review




Warwick Thompson
Sinfini Music, August 2014

There’s more of Hindemith’s tonal-with-a-twist sound world, his folk-inspired melodies, and some fugues and marches too. If you’re a fan of the composer, then the overall austerity might convey a mood of cool, mystic exaltation…it’s beautifully performed by the Seattle Symphony under Gerard Schwarz, and they make a good case for it: the strings sound especially silken, and the energy never flags. © 2014 Sinfini Music Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, July 2014

Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony do us a real service with their excellent performance of the entire work (Nobilissima Visione). They give it the full treatment, dazzlingly spectacular and tender at turns.

So here we have a major event, a great recording of artistically and historically important Hindemith. Needless to say this is an essential Naxos release that nobody who follows the modern path can afford to miss. © 2014 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review



Infodad.com, July 2014

Schwarz conducts this work with considerable sensitivity, and Ko-ichiro Yamamoto handles the prominent trombone part with a smooth, well-rounded sound. © 2014 Infodad.com Read complete review




David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, July 2014

Schwarz’s performance is markedly superior to Rickenbacher’s. Just compare Schwarz’s “Wedding with Poverty” to Rickenbacher’s… its characteristic emphasis on lively tempos, transparent textures, and strong rhythms serves the music best in any context, and the Seattle Symphony plays very well.

Fine sonics make this a valuable addition to the Hindemith discography, restoring a major and unjustly neglected work to the catalog. © 2014 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review




Jeff Simon
The Buffalo News, July 2014

On this, many of us are—somewhat incredibly—hearing the whole ballet for the first time. So it is—to me anyway—a bit of recording history. It’s also a sample of history’s sound musical judgment in never demanding its recorded appearance before. The 20-minute suite is, by far, the best of “Nobilissima Visione.”

To hear it complete is, nevertheless, a wonderful curiosity for those who know and even love Hindemith. The five pieces from 1927 were originally pedagogical (as was so much of his music) and little more than filler for “Nobilissima Visione” on this disc. © 2014 The Buffalo News Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, July 2014

This disc marks the first recording of the complete ballet, Nobilissma Visione, a score written in collaboration with the famous choreographer, Leonide Massine. Here the conductor, Gerard Schwarz, creates a very Germanic and idiomatic sound from his Seattle Symphony that makes out a very good case for the work’s longevity. Completing the disc is the Five Pieces for String Orchestra dating from 1927, originally intended as an introduction to modern music for young people, each piece being well within the capability of early students. Excellent performances throughout and very good sound quality. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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