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Hindemith: Sonatas for Viola and Piano; Kleine Sonata for Viola d'Amore / Luca Sonzò, viola; Maurizio Paciariello, piano

Album Summary

>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for Viola and Piano in F major, Op. 11 no 4
>Hindemith, Paul : Little Sonata, for viola d'amore & piano, Op. 25/2
>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for viola & piano, Op. 25/4
>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for viola & piano in C major
>Hindemith, Paul : Meditation (from ballet "Nobilissma visione"), for violin (or viola or cello) & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

The viola's shadowy veiled timbre and reserved, almost retiring character is such that it is rarely called upon to take the lead. Granted, a substantial number of concertos were composed for it during the 18th to 19th centuries, but it was not until the 20th century - when several hitherto neglected instruments acquired a new identity in a solo capacity - that the viola became the object of serious attention. Probably the most underrated composer of the 20th century, it was Paul Hindemith - himself an excellent violist - who was largely responsible for rescuing the instrument from relative oblivion. Detailing a selection of his sonatas for viola (of which there number seven in total - four solo and three with piano,), this release charts the development of the composer's style - from the post-war years, the setting of his Sonata Op.11 No.4 and during which time he was experimenting with all the current idioms and trends such as Expressionism and Gebrauchsmusik, to the Sonata in F major of 1939 - written in keeping with his belief that the time had now come to reconnect with the great German tradition, and thus revisiting the formal structures of the Baroque period, such as the fugue. All the while Hindemith's distinctive style prevails - in the Kleine Sonata of 1922, for example, the composer's use of the viola d'amore recalls the two arias composed for this instrument in the Johannes Passion, though there are plenty of angular rhythms and pungent dissonances confirming his fidelity to his own interpretation of the musical language of the 1900s. Violist Luca Sanzò and pianist Maurizio Paciariello are the performers on this recording, both sought-after interpreters of contemporary music as well as conservatoire professors in their native Italy. Other information: Recorded 26 - 28 July 2013, Chiesa di S. Terenziano, Capranica (province of Viterbo), Italy.

MusicWeb International, 8th October 2014
The present performance is strong and whereas it might not hit the heights achieved by some, at the price it is a real winner, especially as it also offers the sonata for viola d'amore. The recorded sound is well balanced and the booklet notes are informative - an attractive disc all-round.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
In Opus 25:2, as in Opus 11:4, Maurizio Paciariello's superior piano work is highly rhythmic, with keen articulation and dramatic, intelligent phrasing. The best recording on the album is of the sonata (1939). Suddenly all engineering problems go away and the sound is excellent. This very strong substantial 25-minute work is bigboned, intellectually challenging, and takes staying power to get through. But both players are fully involved and perfectly matched for once.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chiesa di S. Terenziano Capranica - Viterbo (07/26/2013-07/28/2013).



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>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for Viola and Piano in F major, Op. 11 no 4
  • Performers: Maurizio Paciariello (Piano); Luca Sanzò (Viola)
  • Notes: Chiesa di S. Terenziano Capranica - Viterbo (07/26/2013-07/28/2013)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Hindemith, Paul : Little Sonata, for viola d'amore & piano, Op. 25/2
  • Performers: Maurizio Paciariello (Piano); Luca Sanzò (Viola d'amore)
  • Notes: Chiesa di S. Terenziano Capranica - Viterbo (07/26/2013-07/28/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922

>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for viola & piano, Op. 25/4
  • Performers: Maurizio Paciariello (Piano); Luca Sanzò (Viola)
  • Notes: Chiesa di S. Terenziano Capranica - Viterbo (07/26/2013-07/28/2013)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922

>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for viola & piano in C major
  • Performers: Maurizio Paciariello (Piano); Luca Sanzò (Viola)
  • Notes: Chiesa di S. Terenziano Capranica - Viterbo (07/26/2013-07/28/2013)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Hindemith, Paul : Meditation (from ballet "Nobilissma visione"), for violin (or viola or cello) & piano
  • Performers: Maurizio Paciariello (Piano); Luca Sanzò (Viola)
  • Notes: Chiesa di S. Terenziano Capranica - Viterbo (07/26/2013-07/28/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938