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Hindemith: Kammermusik / Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker

Hindemi: Kammermusik / Various
Release Date: 02/07/2012 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 678411  
Composer:  Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Lars VogtGeorg FaustKolja BlacherWolfram Christ,   ... 
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There are basically two reference sets for these works: this one, and Chailly’s on Decca. Ensemble Modern on RCA is also quite fine, but (to my taste) a touch colder and more angular in music that doesn’t need any more of those qualities than it already has. This Berlin set, one of the best things Abbado did with the orchestra, has always suffered from availability issues. It came out originally as two separate discs, one of which (if memory serves) was never released domestically in the USA–or if it was, the other was already out of print. So it’s great to see the complete set available at a modest price.

The music is classic early Hindemith: busy, contrapuntal, unsentimental (a favorite performance directive at this point
Read more in his career was “without pathos” over passages that couldn’t possibly be played that way anyhow), but there’s also a lively sense of humor and even a pretty good tune or two. The manic conclusion of the first Kammermusik (sound clip), with its siren blast, is a riot in both a literal and figurative sense. The scoring of the others, concertos all, is fascinating, particularly those for organ (No. 7) and viola d’amore (No. 6).

Abbado’s performances are ideally stylish and well paced, the soloists uniformly superb, and the engineering very good. Also included as a bonus is the Sonata for solo violin superbly played by Christian Tetzlaff, and the very early (pre-World War I) Sonata for 10 Instruments, which was left incomplete. These important and enjoyable works tend not to remain in the catalog for very long. Get them while you can.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Kammermusik no 1 for Orchestra, Op. 24 no 1 by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1996 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 14 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
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 
Date of Recording: 02/1999 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 19 Minutes 3 Secs. 
3.
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 
Date of Recording: 02/1999 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 16 Minutes 39 Secs. 
4.
Kammermusik no 4 for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 36 no 3 by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Kolja Blacher (Violin)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1996 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 21 Minutes 9 Secs. 
5.
Kammermusik no 5 for Viola and Orchestra, Op. 36 no 4 by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Wolfram Christ (Viola)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1996 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 19 Minutes 3 Secs. 
6.
Kammermusik no 6 for Viola d'Amore and Orchestra, Op. 46 no 1 by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Wolfram Christ (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1999 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 16 Minutes 6 Secs. 
7.
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 
Date of Recording: 02/1999 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 16 Minutes 23 Secs. 
8.
Sonata for Violin solo in G minor, Op. 11 no 6 by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Germany 
9.
Sonata for 10 instruments (fragment) by Paul Hindemith
Period: Modern 
Written: 1917 

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