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Hindemith: Sonatas For String Instruments And Piano

Release Date: 06/01/1999 
Label:  Equilibrium   Catalog #: 11   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Andrew JenningsSiglind BruhnYizhak SchottenKatherine Collier,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Five traits characterize the man Paul Hindemith: his extensive experience as a performing artist; his endeavors to bring contemporary music to a wider audience; his enthusiasm for education; his respect for, and active promotion of, early music; and his outstanding wit and sense of humor. He began as a violinist, being appointed concertmaster at the Frankfurt Opera at age 19. Later he had a brilliant career as one of Europe's foremost viola soloists and founded the famous Amar Quartet, with whom he toured widely. Other instruments on which he was an accomplished performer include the viola d'amore, the piano and the clarinet. In the course of his development there were two phases during which he dedicated himself primarily to the Read more composition of sonatas: the time from 1917 to around 1924, and the time from 1935 to the late 1940s (and, for a few pieces, even beyond). When composing the earlier sonatas, Hindemith relies on the string instruments with which he was most familiar: the violin, viola and cello. In a letter of September 28, 1918, Hindemith outlines his plan: "I want to write a whole series of such...small sonatas...Each is to have a character entirely distinct from the previous one, and a unique structure. I am curious whether in such a series I shall succeed in stretching the expressive possibilities - which, in this form and setting, are not all that large to begin with - and to push them against the horizon. Several years may pass until I complete this work, provided I live to see it completed. I think it will be an interesting task." Read less

Works on This Recording

Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat major, Op. 11 no 1 by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Andrew Jennings (Violin), Siglind Bruhn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Germany 
Sonata for Viola and Piano in F major, Op. 11 no 4 by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Yizhak Schotten (Viola), Katherine Collier (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Germany 
Kleine Sonate for Viola d'Amore and Piano, Op. 25 no 2 by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Bruce Smith (Viola d'amore), Siglind Bruhn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Germany 
Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 11 no 3 by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Anton Nel (Piano), Anthony Elliot (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Germany 
Sonata for Double Bass and Piano by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Siglind Bruhn (Piano), Derek Weller (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949 

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