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Hindemith: Ludus Tonalis & Suite ‘1922’

Hindemith: Ludus Tonalis & Suite ‘1922’


Hindemith:

Suite '1922' for piano, Op. 26

Ludus tonalis


John McCabe (piano)

Ludus Tonalis is that great work of intellectual gymnastics which has been called a ‘20th-century composer’s reappraisal of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier’, but its twelve fugues and their interludes are notable equally for their emotion as for their (indisputable) logic. The work represents a musical statement of Hindemith’s theories yet in it we encounter one of the most adventurous works for solo piano of the twentieth century.

The Suite ‘1922’ has five movements which stylize various American popular dance themes, each featuring Hindemith’s characteristically cavalier use of traditional harmony and Satie-like instructions to the performer: ‘Regard the piano here as an interesting percussion instrument … ’

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Hindemith: Piano Sonatas

Hindemith: Piano Sonatas


Hindemith:

Piano Sonata No. 1 in A

Piano Sonata No. 2 in G major

Piano Sonata No. 3 in B flat major

Variations

discarded second movement from Piano Sonata No. 1 in A major


It was in the second half of Hindemith’s career—after the composition of the opera Mathis der Maler (1933–5) and the campaign against it by the Nazis which eventually forced his emigration from Germany—that Hindemith produced his major utterances for solo piano. In his three piano sonatas, all written in 1936, Hindemith presents himself not as the rebel and revolutionary of the 1920s, but rather as an heir to the contrapuntal skill and keyboard dexterity of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Markus Becker has been acclaimed for his persuasive and authoritative recordings of German repertoire of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

“Becker commands the strcuture of each work, and if he finds less with than Gould in the lighter Second Sonata, he is still very impressive in the virtuosity of the Third...this profoundly rewarding music - like Becker's playing itself - repays the deeper acquaintance of repeated listening.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2013 ****

“He makes a particularly cogent case for the rarely performed five-movement First Sonata, bringing a welcome lightness and textural transparency to the sometimes dour keyboard-writing...Becker's intelligent, characterful and texturally varied pianism adds up to one of the Third Sonata's finest recordings” Gramophone Magazine, December 2013

“His richness of tone and clarity of touch suits these Hindemith sonatas very well indeed, avoiding rough edges and dealing with technical difficulties with refinement and character. He takes his time over Hindemith’s more searching passages and movements without lingering beyond all reason” MusicWeb International, 3rd January 2014

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Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis

Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis

& other orchestral works


Hindemith:

Konzertmusik, Op. 50 for strings & brass

Symphony 'Mathis der Maler'

Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber


‘This is ideal repertoire for the BBCSSO, with its beefy lower strings, its bright, biting brass and searing violins’ (The Guardian)

This album contains Hindemith’s most popular orchestral works, including the Balanchine-choreographed Symphonic Metamorphosis, performed with lapidary precision and great empathy by Hyperion regulars the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins, who have proved themselves consummate interpreters of this composer. Countermanding his reputation a composer of grim, gritty music, this is Hindemith at his most genuinely enjoyable—as Gavin Plumley writes in his informative booklet notes: ‘Hindemith’s music is both intelligible and intellectual, as entertaining as it is finely wrought’.

“This fine disc from Martyn Brabbins and the BBCSSO makes an eloquent riposte to all that nonsense [Nazi claims of Hindemith's degeneracy], illustrating in the Symphonic Metamorphosis and the Konzertmusik for brass and strings that Hindemith could be both warmly entertaining and bracingly intellectual at the same time.” The Observer, 24th November 2013 ****

“Brabbins and co relish the contrast between abrasive, declaratory brass and singing, soaring strings in the Konzertmusik...The Mathis is entirely worthy of this oft-recorded masterpiece, but the Weber Metamorphosis is the highlight, one of Hindemith’s most attractive works, delivered with rhythmic bite and colouristic flair.” Sunday Times, 1st December 2013

“thanks to Hyperion for their continuing commitment to this composer. As for the indefatigable Martyn Brabbins he’s a maestro who is never less than engaging and is clearly committed to the music.” MusicWeb International, 18th December 2013

“Hindemith's courageousness inspired music of great luminosity, a quality certainly captured by Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Scottish Symphony...if the BBC Scottish Symphony is never going to match the smoothness of, say, the Berlin Philharmonic...the new performances are no less memorable.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 *****

“The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra audibly relish the challenges of each work and turn in immaculate perforrmances of each, caught in superb sound by Mike Clements...Brabbins's interpretation have good rhythmic thrust and drive.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2014

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Hindemith: The Complete Viola Music Volume 1

Hindemith: The Complete Viola Music Volume 1

Sonatas


Hindemith:

Sonata for Viola & Piano in F major, Op. 11 No. 4

Sonata for Viola & Piano in C major (1939)

Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 25 No. 4

Meditation

from Nobilissima visione


Lawrence Power (viola) & Simon Crawford-Phillips (piano)

Lawrence Power, Britain’s acknowledged greatest living performer on the viola, turns his attention to an incalculably important body of work for the instrument: a complete survey of Hindemith’s music for viola. Hindemith himself was an internationally renowned violist and gave the premiere of Walton’s Viola Concerto, writing more solo repertoire for the viola than for any other instrument. Hindemith is a genuinely undervalued composer, with a popular impression of his music as uncompromisingly gritty which will be proved by this series to be entirely undeserved.

The Viola Sonata in F major Op 11 No 4 is a graceful and charming work that may surprise those who are only aware of Hindemith’s place in the European avant-garde. The stunningly melodic opening of the first movement and the lullaby-like tune which features in the Finale comprise some of the most romantic music the composer ever wrote. The Sonata Op 25 No 4, written only three years later, shows the development of Hindemith’s style in the intervening period: an altogether tauter construction, in the leaner, rhythmically highly directed idiom that had rapidly evolved in those years. The piano plays an unusually prominent role. The Meditation for viola and piano of 1938 is a transcription of a peaceful movement from his ballet of the same year about St Francis of Assisi, Nobilissima visiona, depicting the saint at prayer: it will be familiar to concert-goers as the opening portion of the orchestral suite that Hindemith also fashioned from the ballet. The music is a kind of distillation of his mature idiom, gravely flowing and serene.

“All the performances are superb, with Laurence Power lavishing all the richness of his velvety tone and generous phrasing on some of the most striking melodic ideas that Hindemith ever produced.” The Guardian, 19th June 2009 ****

“…the 1939 Sonata that opens this disc… receives a decisive performance from Lawrence Power and Simon Crawford-Phillips. The Sonata Op. 11 No. 4, dating from 1919, is written in Hindemith's early, Brahms-with-chromatic-twists style; it gives Power a chance to show off the gorgeously smooth tone of his 400-year-old instrument. ...the Sonata Op. 25 No. 4 features an uncharacteristically Bartókian finale and a big piano part that Crawford-Phillips... seizes gratefully. Power's acute sense of phrasing makes for an eloquent and elegiac Meditation...” BBC Music Magazine, July 2009 ****

“…not since the days of William Primrose have I heard Hindermith's viola music played with such warmth and conviction and… the pianist is first-rate. A 100 per cent success story.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2009

“Paul Hindemith isn't exactly the first composer you think of when the term 'hit tune' is mentioned but the opening Fantasie of his F major Viola Sonata (Op 11 No 4) of 1919 comes pretty close to providing one, especially as 'sung' by viola-player Lawrence Power. 'Might almost be by Brahms…' says Malcolm MacDonald in a typically persuasive and informative bookletnote, which is surely true. The finale is a fairly assertive mood-breaker, pianist Simon Crawford- Phillips marking a dramatic contrast in tempo and colour (now this really does sound like 'updated' Brahms). The grittier Sonata of 1939 also includes a Phantasie, placed third in the structure rather than first. This is the Hindemith of the Mathis der Maler Symphony, purposeful music, square-jawed, angular, confident and assertive, though with more fanciful elements too – especially in the finale, which at times is both playful and delicate.
Macdonald notes the possible influence of Bartók on the Sonata Op 25 No 4 (1922), which seems a justified claim. This is another strong piece, more percussive than the 1939 Sonata, with a desolate but heart-rending slow movement that is savagely interrupted by the finale's aggressive arrival. The CD (Vol 1 of 'The Complete Hindemith Viola Music' is what it's called), which is superbly recorded, is completed with a sensitive performance of the serene Meditation from Nobilissima visione in Hindemith's own arrangement for viola and piano. As to the per- formances, not since the days of William Primrose has Hindemith's viola music been played with such warmth and conviction. A 100 per cent success story.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - August 2009

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Hindemith: The Complete Viola Music Volume 2

Hindemith: The Complete Viola Music Volume 2

Solo Sonatas


Hindemith:

Sonata for solo Viola, Op. 11 No. 5

Sonata for Solo Viola, Op. 25 No. 1

Sonata for solo viola, Op. 31 No. 4

Sonata for solo viola (1937)


Lawrence Power, Britain’s acknowledged greatest living viola player, continues his fascinating and acclaimed series of Hindemith’s complete viola music. This second disc features Hindemith’s solo viola sonatas. These works were all written for Hindemith himself to perform, and are thus are of special significance—as near to a personal testament, an intimate soliloquy, as exists in his multifarious and genre-spanning output.

The shadow of Bach lies over any composer writing a solo string sonata, and this is clear in the Passacaglia Op 11 No 5 Sonata, where Hindemith’s ultimate model is unmistakably the famous D minor Chaconne from Bach’s second violin partita—but viewed through a post-Brahmsian sense of sonority and architecture that produces a truly contemporary result. This ardent (and arduous) movement, a most impressive compositional feat, is the first example of a form which was to be one of Hindemith’s trademarks throughout his career, and it makes the Sonata something of a personal manifesto of artistic ambition. In later sonatas the severity of Hindemith’s mature style becomes evident—but harnessed, here, to the extraordinary virtuosity of the composer-performer, it gives rise to the most exhilarating and eloquent music.

“Power's warmly rounded tone and searching interpretations cast the most favourable possible light on this wonderful if sometimes astringent music...few players can make this music more compelling than does Power.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2010 *****

“His prodigious technical ability - ideally suited to this repertoire - [is] allied to real musicianship in pieces which, for all their complexities, should sound grateful to play and hear...Power's firm line and clear tone, aided by Hyperion's superb recording, are splendid” Gramophone Magazine, May 2010

“Power’s performances – characterised by his trademark tonal richness and easy, almost nonchalant technical brilliance – leave no doubt about the weighty seriousness of the music, and its significance for Hindemith” The Guardian

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Hindemith: The Complete Viola Music Volume 3

Hindemith: The Complete Viola Music Volume 3

Concertos


Hindemith:

Konzertmusik, Op. 48 for viola & large chamber orchestra

Der Schwanendreher

Trauermusik

Kammermusik No. 5 Op. 36 No. 4 Bratschenkonzert


Lawrence Power’s revelationary series of Hindemith’s complete works for the viola continues into a third and final volume with the music for viola and orchestra. Hindemith was an internationally renowned viola player himself, and his legacy for the instrument is an inestimably important body of work. Throughout this series, Power’s searingly vivid and eloquent performances have left critics and the listening public in no doubt that the somewhat ‘difficult’ reputation of the composer is ill-deserved; that this is music full of striking melodic ideas, deep lyrical feeling and high drama.

The works recorded here include Hindemith’s only formally titled concerto for viola and full orchestra, ‘Der Schwanendreher’, based on old German folk-songs. Hindemith explained that in this concerto he saw the soloist as an itinerant fiddler who comes among convivial company and plays for them the repertoire he has learned on his travels, and like a good folk-fiddler, embellishes the melodies freely and sometimes fantastically. This whimsical idea succinctly describes the procedures of the three movements: and it is clear from the unaccompanied solo which begins the first of them that the folksongs are always given Hindemith’s personal colouring. Also included is one of Hindemith’s most celebrated works: ‘Trauermusik’, written at great speed for a BBC broadcast of his music when King George V had died the day before and funeral music had to replace the planned programme. It is a shining example of an ‘occasional composition’ that far transcends its occasion and makes a distinct contribution to the general repertoire. Closely allied in tone to the more reflective portions of the opera Mathis der Maler, it is a grave, shapely and eloquent lament, with a special quality of intimacy.

“This disc, featuring Britain’s star viola player, throbs with lyricism and displays a maligned composer’s true range...Sparks keep flying from Power’s multicoloured viola, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Atherton, is always clean and neat.” The Times, 7th January 2011

“The third instalment of Lawrence Power's Hyperion survey of Hindemith's works for viola is in many ways the most rewarding so far...Trauermusik is a particularly striking three-movement elegy, with David Atherton ensuring that the BBC Scottish Symphony's string textures perfectly cushion the viola's lament.” The Guardian, 6th January 2011 ****

“Trauermusik (Funeral Music), the masterpiece here, sounds like a great Shostakovich lament, but the Konzertmusik, Kammermusik No 5 and Der Schwanendreher are packed with some of Hindemith’s most attractive inventions.” Sunday Times, 9th January 2011 ****

“Lawrence Power lends poignancy to the slow movements and tremendous drive to the fast ones, and the BBC SSO under Atherton gives those machine rhythms real relish.” The Telegraph, 14th January 2011 ****

“once again [Power] projects splendidly warm and rounded tone, bringing compelling focus to these performances.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2011 *****

“Power's affinity with Hindemith's music is as evident in these new recordings as in previous installments, his tone perfectly balanced between strength and delicacy...Hyperion's beautifully natural recording is the best yet but it is the partnership with Atheron and the BBC Scottish that makes this such a rewarding listen” Gramophone Magazine, March 2011

“...a prince among violists. Hindemith’s modest scoring gives the soloist ample profile, and Power executes the virtuoso flights with easy aplomb.” Financial Times, 11th February 2011 ***

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - March 2011

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Hindemith: Violin Sonatas

Hindemith: Violin Sonatas


Hindemith:

Sonata for Violin & Piano in E flat major, Op. 11 No. 1

Sonata for Violin & Piano in D major, Op. 11 No. 2

Sonata for Violin & Piano in E major

Sonata for Violin & Piano in C major

Meditation


Tanja Becker-Bender (violin) & Péter Nagy (piano)

Hindemith’s Violin Sonatas fascinatingly mirror the various stages in the development of his musical language from the vocabulary of late Romanticism to the monumental, contrapuntal and revivified Baroque idiom of his maturity. They are performed here by virtuoso German violinist Tanja Becker-Bender who has made a speciality of the music of the early twentieth century.

“The final C major is one of the jewels in Hindemith's sonata crown and draws superb playing from Becker-Bender and Nagy. Indeed, they are superb throughout.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2013

“Becker-Bender and Péter Nagy are well matched and give thoroughly forthright performances of real integrity, vitality and intelligence.” MusicWeb International, 22nd January 2014

“the E flat Sonata opens with arresting gestures designed to let the performers show off, which Tanja Becker-Bender and Peter Nagy seize with relish. They give generally spacious readings of all four Sonatas” BBC Music Magazine, April 2014 ****

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Sure on this shining night

Sure on this shining night

The romantic song in America


Barber:

Sure on this shining night, Op. 13 No. 3

Beach, A:

The Year's at the Spring, Op. 44 No. 1

Bolcom:

Never more will the wind

Chadwick:

When stars are in the quiet skies (Bulwer-Lytton)

Chanler:

The Children (Feeney)

These, my Ophelia (MacLeish)

Charles, E:

When I have sung my songs

Copland:

Nature, the gentlest mother (No. 1 from Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson)

Corigliano, J:

Song to the Witch of The Cloisters (Hoffman)

Ewazen:

The Tiger (Blake)

Firestone:

If l could tell you (Marshall)

Friml:

Rose Marie (Harbach & Hammerstein)

Griffes:

An Old Song Re-sung (Masefield)

Hageman:

Do Not Go, My Love

Herbert, V:

Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life (Johnson Young)

Hindemith:

On hearing 'The Last Rose of Summer' (Wolfe)

Echo

Ives, C:

The Side Show

The Collection (Kingsley)

Korngold:

Songs of the Clown: 'Come Away, Death'

Malotte:

The Lord's Prayer

Marder:

To a Stranger (Whitman)

Musto:

Triolet (O'Neill)

Parker, H:

June Night (Higginson)

Romberg, S:

One Alone (Harbach & Hammerstein)

Rorem:

Little Elegy

Schuman:

Orpheus with His Lute

Thomson, V:

Sigh no more, ladies (Shakespeare)


Robert White (tenor), Samuel Sanders (piano)

Tenor Robert White sings 28 romantic songs spanning the century by both native American and immigrant composers, from Amy Beach in 1899 to Marc Marder's Walt Whitman setting of 1996. There are many favourites (or 'favorites') here from the musical stage, including Friml's Rose Marie and Victor Herbert's Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life. Malotte's famous setting of The Lord's Prayer is also included. The title of the CD is taken from Samuel Barber's beautiful setting of James Agee (the poet of Knoxville, Summer of 1924).

The accompanying booklet is packed with anecdotes from Robert White's personal acquaintance with the majority of the composers represented. Several of the songs were actually written specially for him to sing.

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