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Hindemith: Violin Concerto, Violin Sonatas / Frank Peter Zimmermann, Enrico Pace, Paavo Jarvi

Hindemith / Zimmermann / Frankfurt Radio Sym Orch
Release Date: 05/28/2013 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2024  
Composer:  Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Frank Peter ZimmermannEnrico Pace
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Hindemith’s music seems to be out of fashion these days. There was a time in the 1960s and 70s when few major violinists did not program his Violin Concerto–sort of a modern German composer’s answer to Brahms. Check out, for example, the extended passage for wind ensemble that opens the slow movement. It’s so like Brahms in concept, but so totally unlike him in sonority. David Oistrakh and Isaac Stern both made excellent recordings of this splendid work, and this one certainly stands with them. Frank Peter Zimmermann plays with a tonal purity and intonational accuracy that Hindemith would have admired. Again, that plaintive slow movement stands out for its lyrical beauty and simplicity, but
Read more Zimmermann shows no lack of virtuosity in the outer movements, and he’s both ideally balanced and compellingly accompanied by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony under Paavo Järvi.

The couplings make this a release of more than usual interest, and a very useful disc for collectors looking to round out their libraries of Hindemith’s violin music. All four sonatas belong with his best chamber works, with the charming and melodically sweet Sonata in E of 1935 retaining a strong degree of historical interest as well. It was the performance of this unassumingly pleasant piece in 1936 that led to the formal campaign against Hindemith by the Nazi regime, and his subsequent departure from Germany. The contrast between the character of the music itself and the official reaction to it could not have been more ironic. In any case, Zimmermann plays with the same conviction that he brings to the concerto, nowhere more so than in the tricky Sonata for Solo Violin, Op. 31 No. 2, with its folksy variation finale. In the three accompanied sonatas pianist Enrico Pace is Zimmermann’s sensitive and intelligent partner. A great disc, then, superbly engineered and smartly programmed.

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

1. Sonata for Violin solo, Op. 31 no 2 by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Frank Peter Zimmermann (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Germany 
2. Sonata for Violin and Piano in E major by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Frank Peter Zimmermann (Violin), Enrico Pace (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Germany 
3. Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat major, Op. 11 no 1 by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Frank Peter Zimmermann (Violin), Enrico Pace (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Germany 
4. Sonata for Violin and Piano in C major by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Frank Peter Zimmermann (Violin), Enrico Pace (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939 
5. Concerto for Violin by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Frank Peter Zimmermann (Violin)
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Switzerland 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto: I. Massig bewegte Halbe
Violin Concerto: II. Langsam
Violin Concerto: III. Lebhaft
Violin Sonata, Op. 31, No. 2, "Es ist so schones Wetter draussen": I. Leicht bewegte Viertel
Violin Sonata, Op. 31, No. 2, "Es ist so schones Wetter draussen": II. Ruhig bewegte Achtel
Violin Sonata, Op. 31, No. 2, "Es ist so schones Wetter draussen": III. Gemachliche Viertel
Violin Sonata, Op. 31, No. 2, "Es ist so schones Wetter draussen": IV. 5 Variationen uber deas lied "Komm, lieber Mai"
Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op. 11, No. 1: I. Frisch
Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op. 11, No. 1: II. Im Zeitmass eines langsamen, feierlichen Tanzes
Violin Sonata in E major: I. Ruhig bewegt
Violin Sonata in E major: II. Langsam - Sehr Lebhaft
Violin Sonata in C major: I. Lebhaft
Violin Sonata in C major: II. Langsam
Violin Sonata in C major: III. Fuge: Ruhig bewegt

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 Musique unique June 7, 2013 By Claude B. (Trois-Rivieres, QC) See All My Reviews "Bon achat" Report Abuse
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