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HINDEMITH, P.: Piano Concertos (Complete) (Biret, Yale Symphony, Toshiyuki Shimada)

Composer(s):Hindemith, Paul
Artist(s)
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.573201-02
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Hindemith wrote much varied music for the piano with orchestral accompaniment. He intended his Theme with Four Variations (The Four Temperaments) as an experimental ballet, and it was first performed in this way in 1946 with choreography by George Balanchine. The manuscript of the Piano Music with Orchestra was found amongst pianist Paul Wittgenstein’s papers after his wife’s death in 2001. The Concerto for Piano and Orchestra is astutely conceived, whilst the Concert Music for Piano, Brass and Two Harps reveals Hindemith’s constant search for varied sound colour in his instrumentation.


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Uneasy but emotionally thought provoking music
Review By WH99400,January 2014

The music of Paul Hindemith is always a bit of an adventure for me. As a contemporary composer, his works are typically not as pleasantly melodic as I tend to gravitate toward, although I always find something interesting about that sits in the back of my head with a “you’ve really got to figure this out…” tag associated with it.

This 2-disc recording of Hindemith’s complete piano concertos, featuring Idil Biret (pf) and the Yale Symphony Orchestra, is no exception. The music is of varying contrasting styles, and easily changes from the more traditional melodic to the slightly diatonic and uneasily contrasting, then back again. Interesting (albeit strange to listen to without a little background) is the “Piano Music with Orchestra for Piano Left Hand, Op. 29”, composed in more....







 

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