Berliner Philarmoniker, Abbado | Janacek/Sinfonietta | SACD


Sinfonietta is a late work for large orchestra by the Czech composer Leoš Janáček. It is dedicated “To the Czechoslovak Army” and Janáček said it was intended to express contemporary free man, his spiritual beauty and joy, his strength, courage and determination to fight for victory. The first performance was in Prague on 26 June 1926 under Václav Talich.

Symphonische Metamorphosen was written by German composer Paul Hindemith as an arrangement of Carl Maria von Weber’s music. These themes are taken from incidental music which Weber wrote for a play by Carlo Gozzi, based on the same Turandot legend, that later inspired Giacomo Puccini and others. The work was first performed on January 20, 1944, in New York City, with Artur Rodziński conducting the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra.

Mathis der Maler (Matthias the Painter) is among the most famous orchestral works of German composer Paul Hindemith. Music from the symphony was incorporated into Hindemith's opera Mathis der Maler, which concerns the painter Matthias Grünewald (or Neithardt). The conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler and the Berlin Philharmonic gave the first performance on 12 March 1934.

All three works on this album are interpreted by the Berliner Philarmoniker and conducted by Claudio Abbado. All audio has been expertly remastered in Japan at the JVC Mastering Center Daikanyama Studio for Esoteric.



SKU: ESSG90220
Format: SACD
Release Date: 2020



Sinfonietta (Leos Janacek)

  1. Allegretto
  2. Andante
  3. Moderato
  4. Allegretto
  5. Andante con moto - Allegretto

Symphonische Metamorphosen (Paul Hindemith)

  1. Allegro
  2. Turandot, Scherzo: Moderato
  3. Andantino
  4. Marsh

Mathis der Maler (Paul Hindemith)

  1. Engelkonzert
  2. Grablegung
  3. Versuchung des heiligen Antonius