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Hindemith: Music for Viola' - Sonata for Viola & Piano Op.11, no.4; Sonata Op.25 no.1; Sonata Op.11 no.5; Trauermusik / Jitka Hosprova (viola), Cechova (piano), Prague CO

Album Summary

>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for Viola and Piano in F major, Op. 11 no 4
>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for solo viola, Op. 25/1
>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for solo viola, Op. 11/5
>Hindemith, Paul : Trauermusik for Viola and Strings
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This Jitka Hosprová homage honors Paul Hindemith (1895-1963); a composer and virtuoso violist who wrote all his viola works within twenty years or so and then abandoned composing for the instrument for good. The pieces featured here also bear witness to Hindemith's journey from reverberations of Romanticism and Impressionism to attaining his own singular musical language, already evident in Sonata Op. 25. This music remains profound and colorful, as is the viola itself.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
With no piano in Opus 25:1, the sound is much improved. Hosprova makes the opening movement's motifs long-lined, even lyrical, compared to Tamestit. Her intensity conveys a grasp of structure; she always knows where she's headed. Her vibrato is very subtle in the quiet movements. In Opus 11:5, again for solo viola and in a style more radical than Opus 11:4, she again swept me up into the work's unique rhetoric, vocabulary, and gait, once again giving its recitative style a long-lined lyricism, as she laces together seemingly different voices an octave or more apart. This lady has soul!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Prague (2014).



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>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for Viola and Piano in F major, Op. 11 no 4
  • Performers: Jitka Cechová (Piano); Jitka Hosprova (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Prague Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Martinu Hall, Academy of Music, Prague, Czech Republic (02/14/2014-02/15/2014)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for solo viola, Op. 25/1
  • Performer: Jitka Hosprova (Viola)
  • Notes: Domovina Studio, Prague (2014-01-19&2014-01-27&2014-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922

>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for solo viola, Op. 11/5
  • Performer: Jitka Hosprova (Viola)
  • Notes: Domovina Studio, Prague (2014-01-19&2014-01-27&2014-)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Hindemith, Paul : Trauermusik for Viola and Strings
  • Performer: Jitka Hosprova (Viola)
  • Notes: Domovina Studio, Prague (2014-01-19&2014-01-27&2014-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936