About This Event
When the Nazis won power in 1933, Paul Hindemith was caught in the crossfire: acclaimed as a model composer by some of Hitler’s National Socialists, condemned as a degenerate artist by others. His first response was this Technicolor symphony, inspired by the life of a medieval painter who rebelled against an establishment that tried to box him in. The Nazis got the message, banning Hindemith’s music from the concert hall and forcing him to flee the country. We stay in Germany for Brahms’s elegant ‘St Anthony’ Variations and Mahler’s rich settings of traditional German folk poems.