Hindemith: Mathis Der Maler
Format: COMPACT DISC
Ringelhahn, Oliver; Streit, Kurt; Hofmann, Magdalena Anna; Podkamenský, Ladislav; Billy, Bertrand de; Owens, Andrew; Hallon, Ladislav; Uhl, Manuela; Tretyakova, Katerina; Wiener Symphoniker; Slovak Philharmonic Chorus; Koch, Wolfgang; Reid, Charles; Grundheber, Franz; Snell, Martin; Connor, Ben; Blažo, Adam; Very, Raymond; Trávnicek, Matúš
Mathis der Maler is the central composition of Paul Hindemith’s output for music theater. The reception began with its successful premiere of a symphony of three orchestral parts from the opera, in March of 1934 in Berlin. That was still before the composer was attacked in the National-Socialist press which prompted a defense of Furtwängler’s in a newspaper article titled “The Hindemith Case”. The opera wasn’t premiered until May 1938, in Zurich, where the Hindemith’s had emigrated to, before moving on to the United States. Much as Mathis, who found his political engagement in the Peasant’s War and his calling to paint solely for the glory of God to collide with the expectation to positions himself on religious matters during the Reformation, Hindemith found himself torn between his refusal to propagate for the Nazis, his urge to follow his inner voice, and the demand that he position himself against the regime. These highly acclaimed performances from 2012 at Theater an der Wien with Opera Star Roland Koch in the title role is finally now available as an album release.