Der Schwanendreher (The Swan Turner) concerto after old folk songs for viola & small orchestra Trauermusik (Music of Mourning) for string orchestra with solo viola Kammermusik No. 5 Op. 36 No. 4 for solo viola & large chamber orchestra Konzertmusik Op. 48a for solo viola & large chamber orchestra (early edition), world premiere recording Tabea Zimmermann commemorates the 50th anniversary of death of Paul Hindemith with the recording of his complete works for viola. Hindemith is regarded as a key composer for the instrument and was a famous violist, himself, and who premiered the viola concertos by Darius Milhaud and William Walton. The works recorded here in Vol. 1 include the viola concerto 'Der Schwanendreher' that Hindemith composed at the time when he faced massive agitation by the Nazis, as well as the intimate and touching 'Trauermusik' (Music of Mourning), written for the funeral of King George V. Besides these celebrated works, the album also includes two lesser known concertos: the 'Kammermusik No. 5' and the early edition of the 'Konzertmusik' Op. 48a in its world premiere recording. Tabea Zimmermann has teamed up with exceptional musical partners: the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Berlin, conducted by Hans Graf, who dedicate themselves to Hindemith s legacy. A second volume will include the sonatas for solo viola and for viola and piano and will be released as a double album in Autumn 2013.
ORCHESTRAL CHOICE Perf (5/5) ***** Rec (5/5) ***** Tabea Zimmermann s first volume of a complete survey immediately takes its place among the very best, not least for the warmer, woodier tone that she produces and puts to such musically penetrating use. --John Allison, BBC Music Magazine September 2013
There is a heartfelt passion and robust edge to Zimmermann s playing which blows away the cobwebs and brings these works very much to life. Making a highly sympathetic partner the excellent DSO Berlin is warmly expressive and well detailed. Austrian conductor Hans Graf holds everything together with confidence. I am delighted by this wonderfully clear SACD with its vivid and warm sound which I played on my standard CD player. The slightly forward balance of the solo viola is very much to my taste. This is certainly a Record of the Month . I m so enthusiastic about this release that will definitely be one of my Records of the Year . --Michael Cookson, MusicWeb International- November 2013