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Hindemith: 'Sonatas forà' Althorn, Cello, Trombone, Violin & Trumpet / Alexander Melnikov, piano; Teunis van der Zwart, althorn; Alexander Rudin, cello;

Album Summary

>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for saxophone (or alto horn or horn) & piano
>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for cello & piano in E major
>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for trombone & piano
>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for violin & piano in E major
>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for trumpet & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine, March 2015
These three brass sonatas generally come across with more subtlety than on the well-known recordings by Glenn Gould and friends. Anchoring this new project, Alexander Melnikov is a superbly thoughtful and questing pianist. Isabelle Faust finds the Apollonian restraint of the E major Sonata for Violin and Piano yet also its intensity.

International Record Review, March 2015
A most attractive anthology...every performance is of the highest character...Melnikov's contributions throughout are outstanding. Recorded in ideally clear sound, and with interesting notes, this is a really fine disc that deserves to do very well. It should be snapped up by every Hindemith collector.

The Guardian, 22nd January 2015
Melnikov proves to be the perfect chamber musician, knowing exactly when to assert himself and when to let his colleagues have the limelight...The real stars, though, are athletic trombonist GTrard Costes, and trumpeter Jeroen Berwaerts, who combines lyrical warmth with an intensity that is often breathtaking.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2015
Melnikov's role parallels that of Glenn Gould but his accounts are less wayward than the Canadian's, his soloists generally stronger...this is a magnificent disc, with leading or contending versions of all the works in terrific, beautifully balanced Harmonia Mundi sound. Let's hope Melnikov & Co return record some more.

Hindemith composed more than thirty sonatas for an incredibly diverse collection of instruments - all of which he was capable of playing himself. This fascinating selection of works written between 1935 and 1948 is played by some of today's finest soloists, with the guiding spirit of Alexander Melnikov at the piano. Soloists include violinist Isabelle Faust, cellist Alexander Rudin, trumpeter Jeroen Berwaerts, trombonist Gérard Costes and Teunis van der Zwart playing the rarely heard althorn.

MusicWeb International, April 2015
There are some front-ranking performances here in a programme that makes chronological and artistic sense.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (09/2013/12/2013).



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>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for saxophone (or alto horn or horn) & piano
  • Performers: Alexander Melnikov (Piano); Teunis Zwart (Horn)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for cello & piano in E major
  • Performers: Alexander Melnikov (Piano); Alexander Rudin (Cello)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for trombone & piano
  • Performers: Gerard Costes (Trombone); Alexander Melnikov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for violin & piano in E major
  • Performers: Isabelle Faust (Violin); Alexander Melnikov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for trumpet & piano
  • Performers: Jeroen Berwaerts (Trumpet); Alexander Melnikov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939