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Hindemith: Violin Sonatas & Concerto / Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin; Enrico Pace, piano

> Violin Concerto - I. Massig bewegte Halbe
> Violin Concerto - II. Langsam
> Violin Concerto - III. Lebhaft
> Violin Sonata, Op. 31, No. 2, "Es ist so schones Wetter draussen" - I. Leicht bewegte Viertel
> Violin Sonata, Op. 31, No. 2, "Es ist so schones Wetter draussen" - II. Ruhig bewegte Achtel
> Violin Sonata, Op. 31, No. 2, "Es ist so schones Wetter draussen" - III. Gemachliche Viertel
> Violin Sonata, Op. 31, No. 2, "Es ist so schones Wetter draussen" - IV. 5 Variationen uber deas lied "Komm, lieber Mai"
> Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op. 11, No. 1 - I. Frisch
> Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op. 11, No. 1 - II. Im Zeitmass eines langsamen, feierlichen Tanzes
> Violin Sonata in E major - I. Ruhig bewegt
> Violin Sonata in E major - II. Langsam - Sehr Lebhaft
> Violin Sonata in C major - I. Lebhaft
> Violin Sonata in C major - II. Langsam
> Violin Sonata in C major - III. Fuge: Ruhig bewegt

Album Summary

>Hindemith, Paul : Concerto for Violin & orchestra
>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for solo violin, Op. 31/2
>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for violin & piano in E flat major, Op. 11/1
>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for violin & piano in E major
>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for violin & piano in C major
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Paul Hindemith's first instrument was the violin, and so thoroughly did he master it that he rose to become leader of the Frankfurt Opera Orchestra at the age of 19. Even if his focus soon shifted to the viola and to composing, he continued to play and to write for the violin, creating a series of works that fascinatingly mirror the various stages in the development of his musical language, from the vocabulary of late romanticism to the monumental, revivified Baroque idiom of his maturity. In a generous selection of these works, the eminent violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann, who in 2010 was awarded the international Paul Hindemith Prize of the City of Hanau, makes an eloquent case for them, from the Sonata in E flat, composed in 1918 while Hindemith was still serving in the German army on the Western Front, to the strikingly emotional Violin Concerto of 1939, written during his first year of exile from Nazi Germany. Besides the masterly Sonata in C, composed shortly before the Concerto, and the tuneful 1935 Sonata in E, Zimmermann also includes the Solo Sonata, Op.31 No.2, with its final movement a set of variations on a Mozart song. In the accompanied sonatas Zimmermann enjoys the support of a regular chamber music partner, the pianist Enrico Pace, whereas in the concerto he teams up with Paavo Järvi, another recipient of the Paul Hindemith Prize and principal conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. Together they convey an unusually colourful, shimmering and passionate image of Paul Hindemith, in a commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the death of the composer.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2013
This rewarding new release is a reminder of [Hindemith's] continued close affinity with the [viola]...Virtuosity is not so much the music's aim as expressivity, yet Zimmermann plays with brilliance throughout.

MusicWeb International, 8th October 2013
Such a fine production can only be greeted in the warmest possible terms. If your idea of Hindemith is one of him as a rather dry 20th century Germanic caste give this disc a try - a juicier programme of violin music would be harder to find this side of WWI.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany (05/2012); Toblach Kulturzentrum, Dobbiaco Centro Culturale, Italy (05/2012); Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany (09/2009); Toblach Kulturzentrum, Dobbiaco Centro Culturale, Italy (09/2009).



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Works Details

>Hindemith, Paul : Concerto for Violin & orchestra
  • Performer: Frank Zimmermann (Violin)
  • Conductor: Järvi Paavo
  • Ensemble: Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 27 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1939

>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for solo violin, Op. 31/2
  • Performer: Frank Zimmermann (Violin)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for violin & piano in E flat major, Op. 11/1
  • Performers: Frank Zimmermann (Violin); Enrico Pace (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1918

>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for violin & piano in E major
  • Performers: Enrico Pace (Piano); Frank Zimmermann (Violin)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for violin & piano in C major
  • Performers: Enrico Pace (Piano); Frank Zimmermann (Violin)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939