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Hindemith: Kammermusik No 2, 3, 6 & 7 / Abbado, Vogt, Et Al


Release Date: 05/09/2000 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 56831   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Lars VogtGeorg FaustWolfram ChristWayne Marshall
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The long-awaited completion of Abbado's cycle lives up to the excellence of the first instalment with crisp, vibrant playing from the Berlin Philharmonic and friends

Not so long ago recordings of Hindemith's Kammermusiken were few and far between; now there are at least five available versions of each concerto (eight of Nos 2 and 4), while the present issue completes the fourth integral survey. As with RCA and Teldec, EMI omit - wrongly in my view - the Kleine Kammermusik for wind quintet that partnered No 1 in 1922, though as it has no fewer than nine versions in the catalogue, this is perhaps of less concern than it was once.

As with the first volume (12/96), Abbado's approach differs to that of Chailly
Read more or Stenz. Abbado places less emphasis on the music's (for the mid-1920s) radical aspects much as the composer might have done after 1945. There is an impressive solidity to the Berliners' playing, but they can be light and flexible as occasion demands, for instance in No 3, the Cello Concerto. Georg Faust here is scarcely less persuasive than Harrell (Decca) or Stirling (RCA), and preferable to Bylsma (Teldec) and Geringas. Lars Vogt is a revelation in No 2 (Piano Concerto), shading the decision over both Brautigam (Decca) and Wiget (RCA), and streets ahead of van Blerk on Teldec. Wolfram Christ (violist in No 5 on the first volume) is excellent, not discomfited by the competition; nor is organist Wayne Marshall, though I would have preferred a smaller-sounding organ. Haselbock is still my preferred choice for No 7.

EMI's sound is splendid, bright and crystal clear. Both this and the Gramophone Award- winning Decca sets are excellent, but if pressed I would now plump for Abbado's as market leader.'

Guy Rickards, Gramophone, 5/2000
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Works on This Recording

1.
Kammermusik no 2 for Piano and 12 Instruments, Op. 36 no 1 by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Lars Vogt (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Germany 
2.
Kammermusik no 3 for Cello and 10 Instruments, Op. 36 no 2 by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Georg Faust (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Germany 
3.
Kammermusik no 6 for Viola d'Amore and Orchestra, Op. 46 no 1 by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Wolfram Christ (Viola d'amore)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Germany 
4.
Kammermusik no 7 for Organ and Chamber Orchestra, Op. 46 no 2 by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Wayne Marshall (Organ)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Germany 

Featured Sound Samples

Kammermusik no 2: IV. Finale
Kammermusik no 3: IV. Mäßig bewegte Halbe. Munter aber immer gemächlich

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