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Paul Hindemith: Ploner Musiktag

Hindemith / Henschel / Brso / Ysomh / Liebrecht
Release Date: 02/08/2011 
Label:  Wergo   Catalog #: 6728   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Rainer FeldmannJobst LiebrechtFlorian DörpholzGuido Klemisch,   ... 
Conductor:  Jobst Liebrecht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester BerlinEnsembles Der Hans-Werner-Henze-Musikschule
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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HINDEMITH Plöner Musiktag Jobst Liebrecht, cond; Dietrich Henschel (bar); David Reibel (speaker); RSO Berlin; Marzahn-Hellersdorf Youth SO; Ens of the Hans Werner Henze Music School; Berlin R Children’s Ch and other children’s and youth ch WERGO WER 6728 2 (71:36 Text and Translation)

Morgenmusik. Tafelmusik. Kantate . Abendkonzert.

On June 20, 1932, Read more Hindemith spent the day at a school in Plön, a small town between Hamburg and Kiel. The school specialized in music, and he had written a series of pieces for the students to learn and play. Thus: A Day of Music at Plön . The day opened with Morning Music , a complex set for brass instruments. Much of the day was spent rehearsing individuals and ensembles. For a boy who could play only the xylophone, Hindemith wrote a part, on the spot; for three boys who couldn’t play any instrument, he wrote recorder trios and had them trained to play the instrument. During breaks between courses of midday dinner, the orchestral Table Music was played. In the afternoon, a cantata (“Admonition to Youth to Apply Themselves to Music”) for two soloists, three choruses, and orchestra which urges children to learn music was sung, spoken (a melodrama), and played. Hindemith was renowned for his sense of humor; the cantata is supposedly mostly tongue in cheek, but any wit therein doesn’t translate—the texts seem deadly serious, almost boarding-school punitive in attitude. The Evening Concert , a 35-minute series of orchestral, ensemble, and instrumental works, closed the day.

The point of it all was performing, not creating music for the ages to be heard by the general public or even the Serious Record Collector. So there seems little point in evaluating the music (by what standards?) or the performances (measured against whom?). While parts of Table Music have a light touch, most of the Plön music is in Hindemith’s heavy, neobaroque style of the early 1930s. Morgenmusik and sections of Abendkonzert have been recorded before, but I have not previously encountered the cantata. This seems to be the first recording of the complete Plöner Musiktag.

A similar day took place at Montepulciano, Italy, in August of 1980, with local school children premiering Hans Werner Henze’s opera Pollicino. Jobst Liebrecht led another performance and a recording in December 1980, sung and played by Berlin school children ( Fanfare 28:1). Liebrecht founded the Marzahn-Hellersdorf Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2005 and performed Plöner Musiktag in 2008, at which time the music school was named after Henze. The booklet lists every performer—258 of them, by my count—but does not tell us who (or which ensemble) performs what. One must assume that all mix into most of the works; for example, there are not enough brass players in any one of the ensembles to fill out Morning Music . This studio recording documents that day in 1932 and a slice of Hindemith’s oeuvre, which Wergo is slowly producing in toto —at least the majority of it that is owned by Schott Music & Media, the label’s parent company.

FANFARE: James H. North
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Works on This Recording

Plöner Musiktag by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Rainer Feldmann (Guitar), Jobst Liebrecht (Voice), Florian Dörpholz (Trumpet),
Guido Klemisch (Recorder), Dietrich Henschel (), Anna Eichholz (Violin),
Yvonne Moser (Voice), Thomas Utke (Voice), Siegmar Gradl (Organ),
Maria Kopanou (Voice), Angelika Hohne (Voice), Iris Sobanski (Voice),
Mirjam Brullman (Viola), Carsten Schultze (Voice), Anja Kirov-Vogler (Voice),
Karl-Heinz Rudiger (Contrabassoon), Martina Feldmann (Recorder), Rainer Wolters (Violin),
Angelika Steinbeck (Viola), Cornelia Dohler (Cello), Rudolf Dobler (Flute),
Susanne Ehrhardt (Recorder), Maxi Kaun (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Jobst Liebrecht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin,  Ensembles Der Hans-Werner-Henze-Musikschule
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Germany 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem 
Length: 26 Minutes 37 Secs. 

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