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Hindemith: Violin Concerto; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik, Op. 50 / Midori, violin

> Symphonic Metamorphosis after Themes by Carl Maria von Weber - I. Allegro
> Symphonic Metamorphosis after Themes by Carl Maria von Weber - II. Scherzo (Turandot): Moderato - Lebhaft
> Symphonic Metamorphosis after Themes by Carl Maria von Weber - III. Andantino
> Symphonic Metamorphosis after Themes by Carl Maria von Weber - IV. Marsch
> Violin Concerto - I. Massig bewegte Halbe
> Violin Concerto - II. Langsam
> Violin Concerto - III. Lebhaft
> Konzertmusik, Op. 50, "Bostoner Sinfonie" - Part I: Massig schnell, mit Kraft - Sehr breit, aber stets fliessend
> Konzertmusik, Op. 50, "Bostoner Sinfonie" - Part II: Lebhaft - Langsam - Im ersten Zeitmass

Album Summary

>Hindemith, Paul : Symphonic Metamorphosis
>Hindemith, Paul : Concerto for Violin & orchestra
>Hindemith, Paul : Konzertmusik for Brass and Strings, Op. 50
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Featuring Midori, the NDR Symphony Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach, this release commemorates the anniversary of Hindemith's death 50 years ago. Midori is an extraordinary artist, a devoted and gifted educator and a community engagement activist. Her enthusiasm for playing music of different times is seen on her CDs and concert repertoire. This recording is her first for Ondine.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013
Midori taps into the msuic's vein of anxiety, delivering taut sinewy playing in the outer movements and bringing lyrical eloquence to the more reflective passages...Eschenbach is absolutely inspired in the Konzertmusik, the NDR's strings and brass relishing the music's ebullience and dynamic power.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2013
The NDR players audibly relish [the Metamorphosis'] challenges and elan...theirs is a highly engaging version...

MusicWeb International, 11th December 2013
Midori and Eschenbach approach the work in the spirit of refinement and purity of tone...Midori's approach is one of concentration of tonal projection - a ringing, tight, silvery sound that opens up principally in the slow section of the finale where she widens her vibrato appreciably.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Laeiszhalle, Hamburg.



Reviews

A mix of the enjoyable and slightly eclectic
The music on this disc consists of three works of Paul Hindemith, the earliest being from 1930, and the latest having been written in 1943. The oldest work is presented first, the “Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by C.M. von Weber”, a work in four movements that features delightful interplay between the various sections of the orchestra that is based on pieces of Weber’s for piano for four hands. The well-written liner notes indicate that Hindemith and his wife would have been familiar with several piano four-hands pieces of Weber’s since they played them at home. This composition is one of Hindemith’s most popular orchestral works, and it is a pleasure to listen to.

What you would expect to be the highlight of the CD is the “Konzert for Violine und Orchester” featuring Midori on her amazing del Gesu violin. Her playing is virtuosic and warm, but the piece itself does not have the form where the soloist and orchestra are having a conversation – rather, the composer set them against each other, but not in a manner in which they play over each other. Hindemith makes sure that instruments that would drown out the solo violin are not playing while the violin is, so the piece has a somewhat dynamic clarity in which the listener can hear every nuance. However, the work itself was soimewhat less than satisfying for me due to the constant feeling of contrast. That being said, Midori is amazing – no surprise there!

The final work on the disc is the “Konzertmusik for Streichorchester und Blechblaser, Op. 50” in which Hindemith’s skills writing horn music are on display right form the get-go, the interplay between the horns and the rest of the orchestra being done in a way that is again both contrasting and partnering. The recording quality of this piece is particularly impressive, as the dynamic range explored by the orchestra is wide. As for the piece itself, I found the Weber work to be more aesthetically pleasant, but this work was intellectually stimulating.

The NDR Sinfonieorchester sounds fantastic, and the recording captures the nuances that these marvelous musicians bring to life. That being said, Hindemith’s works are certainly not of the “easy listening” type for many. Recommended.if you like Hindemith’s music and you are not off-put by pieces that tend to have a more contrasting style.

Submitted on 11/08/13 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Hindemith, Paul : Symphonic Metamorphosis
  • Performer: Midori (Violin)
  • Conductor: Christoph Eschenbach
  • Ensemble: NDR Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Laeiszhalle, Hamburg (10/24/2012/10/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 20 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1943
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Hindemith, Paul : Concerto for Violin & orchestra
  • Performer: Midori (Violin)
  • Conductor: Christoph Eschenbach
  • Notes: Laeiszhalle, Hamburg (10/24/2012/10/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1939
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Hindemith, Paul : Konzertmusik for Brass and Strings, Op. 50
  • Performer: Midori (Violin)
  • Conductor: Christoph Eschenbach
  • Running Time: 17 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930
  • Studio/Live: Live