WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Hindemith: Complete Orchestral Works Vol 2 / Albert, Et Al


Release Date: 02/20/2001 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 999783   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Siegfried MauserDavid GeringasAnnie Gicquel
Conductor:  Werner Andreas Albert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tasmanian Symphony OrchestraTasmanian Symphony Orchestra membersFrankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra Members,   ... 
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 5 Hours 22 Mins. 

In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The bulk of this second volume of CPO's Hindemith orchestral cycle, repackaged from earlier individual releases, explores his concerted works--which turn out to be quite a few, even though he did not always identify them as such. CD 1 offers the 1921 Film Music, which in the mocking grandiosity of its opening is curiously reminiscent of George Antheil. The bright coloring and frenzied pacing of Kammermusik No. 1 (1922) make it the most consistently arresting among the set of seven. Much calmer moods prevail in 1927's Five Pieces for String orchestra, to be followed by some not very interesting music composed in 1932 for the Plon Boarding School's music students. The disc ends with Hindemith's quaint arrangements of 16th-century French Read more dances.


CD 2 begins with Hindemith's astringent Kammermusik No. 2 (1924) for piano and 12 Instruments, which features endlessly busy piano writing, flawlessly rendered by Siegried Mauser. Konzertmusik for Piano, Brass, and Harps of 1930 offers a far more reflective mood accented by the seductive sounds of the harp as well as some menacing brass interjections. CD 3 smartly collects Hindemith's three works for cello and orchestra, allowing for a broad overview of his compositional evolution: from the late-romantic surgings of the Op. 3 concerto of 1916, to the angular and dissonant Kammermusik No. 3 of 1925, to the brass-drenched, post-Mathis der Maler lyricism of the 1940 Cello Concerto. All three works are masterfully rendered by cellist David Geringas.


CD 4 returns Siegfried Mauser to center stage both for The Four Temperaments, Hindemith's coldly beautiful 1940 ballet for piano and strings, as well as the 1945 Piano Concerto, written in his wonderfully rich and sonorous late orchestra style, with a brilliantly virtuoso piano part to boot. Mauser, as before, excels in both works. CD 5 presents two more Hindemith ballets, both of which feature substantial solo parts for the piano. The early Der Dämon (1922) is striking in its heavy rhythmic emphasis and stern countenance. The greatest contrast imaginable comes with the serene opening strains of Hérodiade, composed in 1944 to Mallarmé's poem. Both the narrated and purely orchestral versions are presented here.


Werner Andreas Albert has fully absorbed Hindemith's unique orchestral style, and it shows in the remarkably consistent and idiomatic sound he draws from all three of the featured orchestras. While most of these works are available separately in competing recordings (such as Tortelier and the BBC Philharmonic's Four Temperaments and Cello Concerto, and Riccardo Chailly's brilliant and bracing Concertgebouw recording of the complete Kammermusik), this set allows for a more comprehensive overview at an attractive price. CPO's first-class sound naturally reflects the venue in question: brighter in Australia, bigger and more reverberant in Frankfurt. Hindemith fans have rarely been so fortunate. [5/6/2001]
--Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. In Sturm und Eis by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Werner Andreas Albert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Government House Ballroom, Tasmania 
Length: 13 Minutes 48 Secs. 
2. Kammermusik no 1 for Orchestra, Op. 24 no 1 by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Werner Andreas Albert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Government House Ballroom, Tasmania 
Length: 15 Minutes 40 Secs. 
3. Kammermusik no 2 for Piano and 12 Instruments, Op. 36 no 1 by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Siegfried Mauser (Piano)
Conductor:  Werner Andreas Albert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra Members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Germany 
Venue:  Hessian Radio Studios, Frankfurt 
Length: 20 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Recorded 12/1990 and 1/1992 
4. Kammermusik no 3 for Cello and 10 Instruments, Op. 36 no 2 by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  David Geringas (Cello)
Conductor:  Werner Andreas Albert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Ferry Road, Brisbane, Australia 
Length: 16 Minutes 23 Secs. 
5. Schulwerk, Op. 44: no 4, Stückes (5) for String Orchestra by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Werner Andreas Albert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Government House Ballroom, Tasmania 
Length: 12 Minutes 0 Secs. 
6. Plöner Musiktag by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Werner Andreas Albert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Government House Ballroom, Tasmania 
Length: 17 Minutes 34 Secs. 
7. Konzertmusik for Piano, Brass and 2 Harps, Op. 49 by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Siegfried Mauser (Piano)
Conductor:  Werner Andreas Albert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra Members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; Germany 
Venue:  Hessian Radio Studios, Frankfurt 
Length: 26 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Recorded 12/1990 and 1/1992 
8. Concerto for Cello in E flat major, Op. 3 by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  David Geringas (Cello)
Conductor:  Werner Andreas Albert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Ferry Road, Brisbane, Australia 
Length: 26 Minutes 1 Secs. 
9. Concerto for Cello by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  David Geringas (Cello)
Conductor:  Werner Andreas Albert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Ferry Road, Brisbane, Australia 
Length: 23 Minutes 7 Secs. 
10. Theme and Variations for Piano and Strings "The Four Temperaments" by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Siegfried Mauser (Piano)
Conductor:  Werner Andreas Albert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra Members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1989 
Venue:  Hessian Radio Studios, Frankfurt 
Length: 28 Minutes 30 Secs. 
11. Concerto for Piano by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Siegfried Mauser (Piano)
Conductor:  Werner Andreas Albert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1989 
Venue:  Hessian Radio Studios, Frankfurt 
Length: 33 Minutes 45 Secs. 
12. Der Dämon, Op. 28 by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Siegfried Mauser (Piano)
Conductor:  Werner Andreas Albert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1992 
Venue:  Hessian Radio Studios, Frankfurt 
Length: 33 Minutes 48 Secs. 
13. Hérodiade by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Werner Andreas Albert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1992 
Venue:  Hessian Radio Studios, Frankfurt 
Length: 21 Minutes 30 Secs. 
14. Suite of French Dances after Gervaise, du Tertre by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Werner Andreas Albert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Government House Ballroom, Tasmania 
Length: 9 Minutes 30 Secs. 
15. Hérodiade by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Annie Gicquel (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Werner Andreas Albert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1992 
Venue:  Hessian Radio Studios, Frankfurt 
Length: 21 Minutes 30 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook