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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
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
III. Medley, "Tre Fontane"
“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.”
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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