Hindemith: The Complete Piano Concertos

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Hindemith: The Complete Piano Concertos



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30th Sept 2013




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Hindemith: The Complete Piano Concertos


Die vier Temperamente

Klaviermusik mit Orchester, Op. 29

Konzertmusik, Op. 49 for Mrs Elizabeth Coolidge

Olivia Coates & Chelsea Lane (harps)

Kammermusik No. 2 Op. 36 No. 1 Klavierkonzert

Idil Biret (piano)

Yale Symphony Orchestra, Toshiyuki Shimada

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Hindemith wrote many varied pieces of music for piano with orchestral accompaniment. He intended his Theme with Four Variations (The Four Temperaments) as an experimental ballet, and it was first performed in this way in 1946 with choreography by George Balanchine. The manuscript of the Piano Music with Orchestra was found amongst pianist Paul Wittgenstein’s papers after his wife’s death in 2001. The Concerto for Piano and Orchestra is astutely conceived, whilst the Concert Music for Piano, Brass and Two Harps reveals Hindemith’s constant search for varied sound colour in his instrumentation.

Paul Hindemith: Konzertmusik, Op. 49

I. Ruhig gehende Viertel

II. Lebhaft

III. Sehr ruhig, Variationen

IV. Massig schnell, kraftvoll

Paul Hindemith: Theme and Variations, "The 4 Temperaments"


Variation 1: Melancholisch

Variation 2: Sanguinisch

Variation 3: Phlegmatisch

Variation 4: Cholerisch

Paul Hindemith: Klaviermusik mit Orchester, Op. 29

I. Einleitung: Massige schnelle Halbe

II. Sehr lebhafte Halbe

III. Trio: Basso ostinato - Langsame Viertel, nur sehr wenig Ausdruck

IV. Finale: Bewegte Halbe

Paul Hindemith: Kammermusik No. 2, Op. 36, No. 1

I. Sehr lebhafte Achtel

II. Sehr langsame Achtel

III. Kleines Potpourri: Sehr lebhafte Viertel

IV. Finale: Schnelle Viertel

Paul Hindemith: Piano Concerto

I. Massig schnell

II. Langsam

III. Medley, "Tre Fontane"

Gramophone Magazine

December 2013

“Biret is not noted, perhaps, as a Hindemith specialist but she turns in polished performances throughout. Tempi are on the slow side...But this is good value, the performances by Biret and the accompanying Yale Symphony Orchestra very competent, one or two minor blemishes aside.”

MusicWeb International

6th January 2014

“Biret, who has dispelled the murmurs of the doubters and is now correctly recognised as a great artist, does sterling service to the memory of Paul Hindemith, as do both orchestra and conductor. This set should be explored by anybody who has not heard these works before. They will be pleasantly surprised by the wealth of enjoyment that is to be had in them.”

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