Hindemith’s ballet about St. Francis of Assisi, "Nobilissima Visione" is better known as the orchestral suite taken from the ballet, which has three movements or five sections. Here the ballet is presented in it's entirety, eleven sections of beauty, power and lyricism composed during the early stages of Hindemith's "mature" style. The brilliant "Mathis der Maler" had been introduced to the world only two years earlier. The inclusion of the "Five Pieces for String Orchestra" is a welcome bonus, as it's an early delicious work, unmistakably Hindemith.
Naxos is actually incorrect about this disc being the "first complete recording" of the ballet, however the earlier recordings, and I believe there's at least two-are both out of print.
| Hindemith conducting in (I believe) 1960|
|A pea-sized Hindemith grew up here|