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Hindemith: Complete Viola Music Vol. 3 / Lawrence Power, viola

Album Summary

>Hindemith, Paul : Konzertmusik for viola & large chamber orchestra, Op. 48
>Hindemith, Paul : Der Schwanendreher
>Hindemith, Paul : Trauermusik for Viola and Strings
>Hindemith, Paul : Kammermusik no 5, for viola & orchestra, Op. 36/4
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Violist Lawrence Power’s revelatory Hindemith series concludes with this disc of music for viola and orchestra. Throughout the series, Power’s vivid and eloquent performances have left critics and the listening public with no doubt that the somewhat ‘difficult’ reputation of the composer is ill deserved. The works recorded here include Der Schwanendreher, Hindemith’s only concerto for viola and full orchestra. Also included is Trauermusik, one of Hindemith’s most celebrated works, written (in haste) especially for a BBC broadcast of his music. King George V had died the day before and funeral music had to replace the planned program. It is a shining example of an ‘occasional composition’ that far transcends its occasion and makes a distinct contribution to the general repertoire.

"Hindemith's music has held up remarkably well. Elements of his melodic and harmonic style that once seemed pedantic now come across merely as personal, even characterful. His music has humor, variety, more than a few good tunes, and of course his high level of craftsmanship speaks for itself. There have been remarkably few recordings of some of these pieces, especially the Konzertmusik Op. 48, which is really a delightful viola concerto in five brief but eventful movements. Like the fifth Kammermusik, it's scored for winds and lower strings, and this sets the solo lines in high relief and provides fetching and constantly changing washes of instrumental color. Both of these pieces come from Hindemith's "objectivist" neoclassical phase. Trauermusik and Der Schwanendreher are a touch (but only a touch!) more warmly lyrical.

All four works receive really excellent performances from violist Lawrence Power, whose consistently attractive tone and on-target intonation leaves no doubt that the sometimes off-kilter harmonies are the composer's and not an accident. David Atherton, as his earlier recordings of Kurt Weill reveal, also has a genuine feeling for music of this period. He projects the music's energy but never lets it turn mechanical or rhythmically stiff. Hyperion's engineering leaves nothing to be desired, making this a very rewarding and important disc. Even if you don't think you like Hindemith, you may want to give this a shot; it could change your mind."-classicstoday.com

"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

"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

"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

"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

"once again [Power] projects splendidly warm and rounded tone, bringing compelling focus to these performances."-BBC Music

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: City Halls,Candleriggs, Glasgow (2010-03-30&2010-03-31&2010-).



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>Hindemith, Paul : Konzertmusik for viola & large chamber orchestra, Op. 48
  • Performer: Lawrence Power (Viola)
  • Conductor: David Atherton
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony
  • Notes: City Halls,Candleriggs, Glasgow (2010-03-30&2010-03-31&2010-)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1930

>Hindemith, Paul : Der Schwanendreher
  • Performer: Lawrence Power (Viola)
  • Conductor: David Atherton
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony
  • Notes: City Halls,Candleriggs, Glasgow (2010-03-30&2010-03-31&2010-)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1935

>Hindemith, Paul : Trauermusik for Viola and Strings
  • Performer: Lawrence Power (Viola)
  • Conductor: David Atherton
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony
  • Notes: City Halls,Candleriggs, Glasgow (2010-03-30&2010-03-31&2010-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Hindemith, Paul : Kammermusik no 5, for viola & orchestra, Op. 36/4
  • Performer: Lawrence Power (Viola)
  • Conductor: David Atherton
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony
  • Notes: City Halls,Candleriggs, Glasgow (2010-03-30&2010-03-31&2010-)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1927