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Glenn Gould Edition - Hindemith: Sonatas For Brass & Piano

Release Date: 10/13/1992 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 52671   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Glenn GouldMason JonesGilbert JohnsonHenry Charles Smith,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 23 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is the Hindemith so many listeners and commentators love to hate—earnest, workaday neo-classicism based on cardboard harmonic progressions and squared-off rhythms, conveyorbelted via an apparently inexhaustible supply of wrong-note marches, sicilianos and pastorales. And yet these sonatas can be great fun to play, and when the players are masters of their instruments they are fun to listen to as well. Moreover, when the accompaniments are in the hands of a recreative personality as strong as Glenn Gould's they assume an entirely new and unexpected range of character.

Gould's fundamental insight into Hindemith's world was his identification of its "true amalgam of ecstasy and reason". These were the very
Read more qualities which fused in Gould's own artistic make-up, and it should not be surprising that his empathy with Hindemith is strong. Only in a rare eccentricity of tempo (such as the dead slow opening to •the finale of the Trumpet Sonata) or in a tendency to peck at lines marked with slurs (in the finale of the Tuba Sonata at a point actually marked molto legato) does the perverse side of his nature assert itself; and even here the sensation of intense commitment overrides all. The added vocals are of course something that every Gould-listener has to learn to take in their stride.

The soloists were members of the Philadelphia Brass Ensemble and all thoroughly distinguished musicians. Hornists could no doubt fault Mason Jones's steadiness of tone and intonation, particularly in the Alto Horn Sonata. Otherwise the playing is consistently well-focused and alert (Hindemith gives the tubist an especially severe examination in rhythmical awareness).

As with other issues in this series, the recordings (from 1976) are clear and forward, though instrumental perspectives do appear to vary slightly from sonata to sonata. It does seem a pity, though, that Sony Classical did not include Gould's accounts of the three piano sonatas in this set, rather than issuing them separately (they would still have fitted onto the two discs).

-- Gramophone [3/1993]
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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Horn and Piano in F major by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano), Mason Jones (French Horn)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 07/1975 
Venue:  Eaton Auditorium, Toronto, Canada 
Length: 21 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Sonata for Trumpet and Piano by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Gilbert Johnson (Trumpet), Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 01/1975 
Venue:  Eaton Auditorium, Toronto, Canada 
Length: 18 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Sonata for Trombone and Piano in F major by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Henry Charles Smith (Trombone), Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1976 
Venue:  Eaton Auditorium, Toronto, Canada 
Length: 13 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Sonata for Bass Tuba and Piano by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano), Abe Torchinsky (Tuba)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1975 
Venue:  Eaton Auditorium, Toronto, Canada 
Length: 14 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Sonata for Alto Horn and Piano in E flat major by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Mason Jones (French Horn), Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1976 
Venue:  Eaton Auditorium, Toronto, Canada 
Length: 15 Minutes 12 Secs. 

Sound Samples

I. Mit Kraft
II. Massig bewgt - Lebhaft - Wie zuerst - Wie vorher
III. Trauermusik. Sehr langsam - Ruhig bewegt - Wie am Anfang -
Alle Menschen mussen sterben. Sehr ruhig
I. Massig bewegt
II. Ruhig bewegt
III. Lebhaft
I. Allegro pesante
II. Allegro assai
III. Variationen - Moderato, comodo
Scherzando, l'istesso tempo
Wie am Anfang des Satzes
I. Ruhig, bewegt
II. Lebhaft
III. Sehr langsam
The Posthorn (Dialogue)*
IV. Lebhaft
I. Allegretto moderato maestoso
II. Allegretto grazioso
III. Lied des Raufbolds (Swashbuckler's Song) - Allegro pesante
IV. Allegro moderato maestoso

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