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« Reply #3300 on: December 20, 2021, 04:31:40 am »

Neglect can happen to a big name,it seems! Hindemith seems to be costing me a bit of money,currently! :( I should never have played that Hindemith cassette,should I?! ::) ;D But,listening to this,and some of the music here,I really can't see why anyone would regard his music as "dry"! This music is full of interesting orchestration and always absorbing. I am impressed by both these symphonies. At times beautiful. At others,thrilling,majestic! Always approachable!

Hindemith seems to get a bit of a bad press. His music is well worth investigating and Chandos did some wonderful discs with Tortellier and the BBC PO. Another composer drowned in the twentieth-century deluge of repertoire...

Allot of this music is,actually new to me! So far,it has no resemblance to what I might expect from the "bad press"! You start to wonder whether these people have actually really listened to his music?!! Hindemith's scoring is very far from "grey" or "dry"! It is often colourful and not lacking in humour! Most importantly,what I am hearing is consistently inventive and very absorbing! I have read more than once the suggestion that the reason for Daniel Jones' neglect is that "his music falls between two stools; too progressive for traditionalists yet too conventional for the avant-garde"*. When I was looking at reviews at recordings of Hindemith I have seen this cited (but perhaps,not in those exact words!) as a possible reason (or at least one of them) for Hindemith's relative neglect! Albeit,not to the extent of Jones! Of course,Daniel Jones never having been regarded as a major figure,in the way that Hindemith was. Nevertheless,it is true to say that Hindemith's fall from favour has been quite spectacular.

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