Hindemith - Symphony ‘Mathis der Maler’, Nusch-Nuschi-Tanze, Sancta Susanna | Naxos 8574283

Hindemith - Symphony ‘Mathis der Maler’, Nusch-Nuschi-Tanze, Sancta Susanna

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8574283

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 26th November 2021

Contents

Artists

Ausrine Stundyte (soprano)
Annette Schonmuller (mezzo-soprano)
Renee Morloc (contralto)
Caroline Baas (speaker)
Enzo Brumm (speaker)
Wiener Singakademie
ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Marin Alsop

Works

Hindemith, Paul

Das Nusch-Nuschi: Dance Suite, op.20
Sancta Susanna, op.21
Symphony 'Mathis der Maler'

Artists

Ausrine Stundyte (soprano)
Annette Schonmuller (mezzo-soprano)
Renee Morloc (contralto)
Caroline Baas (speaker)
Enzo Brumm (speaker)
Wiener Singakademie
ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Marin Alsop

About

Paul Hindemith’s life was dominated by the events of the two world wars. In 1917, his discovery of contemporary Expressionist poetry and drama transformed him from a talented student to Germany’s leading new composer. His one-act operas Sancta Susanna and Das Nusch-Nuschi date from this period. Sancta Susanna – Hindemith’s first masterpiece – combines religious and erotic symbolism into an eerie narrative that was shocking for its time, whereas the dance suite from Das Nusch-Nuschi emphasises the plot’s origin as a Burmese comedy. The three symphonic movements from the opera Mathis der Maler refer to the three panels of the Isenheim Altarpiece by Renaissance painter Matthias Grünewald, but also graphically reflect Hindemith’s own artistic struggles in Nazi Germany.

This new release follows the audiovisual release of the full opera Mathis der Maler recorded from Theater an der Wien (DVD – 2110691-92 / BD – NBD0130V), and praised by The Guardian: ‘Warner’s production [is] full of telling detail… It’s superbly conducted by Bertrand de Billy, making the most of the opera’s visionary moments’.

Marin Alsop is chief conductor of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, which she leads at Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein, and on recordings, broadcasts and tours. She is also chief conductor of Chicago’s Ravinia Festival where she conducts the Chicago Symphony’s summer residencies. In 2020 she was appointed music director of the National Orchestral Institute + Festival at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. The first and only conductor to receive a MacArthur Fellowship, Alsop received the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award and was the first woman to conduct the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms. In 2002 she founded the Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship.

An inspiring and powerful voice in the international music scene, Marin Alsop is recognised across the world for her innovative approach to programming. Her discography includes acclaimed Naxos cycles of Brahms symphonies with the London Philharmonic, Dvořák symphonies with the Baltimore Symphony, and Prokofiev symphonies with the São Paulo Symphony.

Alsop’s complete Bernstein recordings on Naxos were released as a special 8-disc set (8508018) in 2018 and met with critical acclaim. Gramophone commented: ‘Alsop, whether she’s in Bournemouth, Baltimore or São Paulo, always there’s that sense of enthusiastic authority, never overbearing which works in the music’s favour’.

Cast (Sancta Susanna):
- Susanna: Ausrine Stundyte (soprano)
- Klementia: Renée Morloc (contralto)
- Alte Nonne: Annette Schönmüller (mezzo-soprano)
- Eine Magd: Caroline Baas (speaker)
- Ein Knecht: Enzo Brumm (speaker)

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