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Hindemith: Kammermusik 1-7 / Der Schwanendreher [CD]

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  • Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Audio CD (1 Oct 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000VL9XJM
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Listen  1. Kammermusik No. 1, Op.24 No.1: I. Sehr schnell und wildClaudio Abbado/Berliner Philharmoniker 1:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Kammermusik No. 1, Op.24 No.1: II. Mässig schnelle Halbe. Sehr streng im RhythmusClaudio Abbado/Berliner Philharmoniker 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Kammermusik No. 1, Op.24 No.1: III. Quartett. Sehr langsam und mit AusdruckClaudio Abbado/Berliner Philharmoniker 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Kammermusik No. 1, Op.24 No.1: IV. Finale: 1921 (Lebhaft)Claudio Abbado/Berliner Philharmoniker 6:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Kammermusik Nr.2: Sehr lebhafte AchtelLars Vogt/Georg Faust/Wolfram Christ/Wayne Marshall/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado 3:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Kammermusik Nr.2: Sehr langsame Achtel - Etwa doppelt so schnell - Im ersten Zeitmass (doffelt so langsam)Lars Vogt/Georg Faust/Wolfram Christ/Wayne Marshall/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado 8:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Kammermusik Nr.2: Kleines Potpourri. Sehr Lebhafte ViertelLars Vogt/Georg Faust/Wolfram Christ/Wayne Marshall/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado 1:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Kammermusik Nr.2: Finale. Schnelle Viertel - Fugato. Ein Wenig Ruhiger - Im HauptzeitmassLars Vogt/Georg Faust/Wolfram Christ/Wayne Marshall/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado 5:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Kammermusik Nr.3: Majestätisch und stark. Mässig schnelle AchtelLars Vogt/Georg Faust/Wolfram Christ/Wayne Marshall/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado 2:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Kammermusik Nr.3: Lebhaft und lustig - Ein wenig ruhigerLars Vogt/Georg Faust/Wolfram Christ/Wayne Marshall/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado 4:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Kammermusik Nr.3: Sehr ruhige und gesmessen schreitende Viertel - Im gleichen ruhigen Zeitmass - Sehr ruhigLars Vogt/Georg Faust/Wolfram Christ/Wayne Marshall/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado 7:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Kammermusik Nr.3: Mässig bewegte Halbe. Munter, aber immer gemächlichLars Vogt/Georg Faust/Wolfram Christ/Wayne Marshall/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Kammermusik No. 4 (Violinlkonzert) für Solo-Violine und grösseres Kammerorchester Op. 36 No. 3: I. Signal. Breite, majestätische Halbe - (original version)Kolja Blacher/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado 2:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Kammermusik No. 4 (Violinlkonzert) für Solo-Violine und grösseres Kammerorchester Op. 36 No. 3: II. Sehr lebhaftKolja Blacher/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado 5:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Kammermusik No. 4 (Violinlkonzert) für Solo-Violine und grösseres Kammerorchester Op. 36 No. 3: III. Nachtstück. Massig schnelle AchtelKolja Blacher/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado 7:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Kammermusik No. 4 (Violinlkonzert) für Solo-Violine und grösseres Kammerorchester Op. 36 No. 3: IV. Lebhafte Viertel -Kolja Blacher/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado 3:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Kammermusik No. 4 (Violinlkonzert) für Solo-Violine und grösseres Kammerorchester Op. 36 No. 3: V. So schnell wie möglichKolja Blacher/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado 2:03£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Kammermusik No. 5 (Bratsche-Konzert) für Solo-Bratsche und grösseres Kammerorchester Op. 36 No. 4: I. Schnelle HalbeWolfram Christ/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado 4:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Kammermusik No. 5 (Bratsche-Konzert) für Solo-Bratsche und grösseres Kammerorchester Op. 36 No. 4: II. LangsamWolfram Christ/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado 8:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Kammermusik No. 5 (Bratsche-Konzert) für Solo-Bratsche und grösseres Kammerorchester Op. 36 No. 4: III. Mässig schnellWolfram Christ/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Kammermusik No. 5 (Bratsche-Konzert) für Solo-Bratsche und grösseres Kammerorchester Op. 36 No. 4: IV. Variante eines MilitärmarschesWolfram Christ/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Kammermusik Nr.6: Mässug schnell, majestätisch - Doppel so schnellLars Vogt/Georg Faust/Wolfram Christ/Wayne Marshall/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Kammermusik Nr.6: Langsam - Sehr zart und ruhig - Im Hauptzeitmass - Sehr langsamLars Vogt/Georg Faust/Wolfram Christ/Wayne Marshall/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado 6:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Kammermusik Nr.6: Variationen. Mässig Schnell Bewegt - Gleiches Zeitmass - Ein Wenig Ruhiger - Langsam Bewegt - Sehr Langsam, Frei Im Zeitmass -Lars Vogt/Georg Faust/Wolfram Christ/Wayne Marshall/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado 4:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Kammermusik Nr.6: Lebhaft, wie früherLars Vogt/Georg Faust/Wolfram Christ/Wayne Marshall/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado 1:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Kammermusik Nr.7: Nicht zu schnell ('minim' [=symbol] bis etwa 116)Wayne Marshall/Lars Vogt/Georg Faust/Wolfram Christ/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Kammermusik Nr.7: Sehr langsam und ganz ruhigWayne Marshall/Lars Vogt/Georg Faust/Wolfram Christ/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado 6:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Kammermusik Nr.7: ('quaver' [=symbol] bis 184)Wayne Marshall/Lars Vogt/Georg Faust/Wolfram Christ/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado 6:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Der Schwanendreher · Konzert nach alten Volksliedern für Viola und kleines Orchester: I. Zwischen Berg und tiefem TalTabea Zimmermann/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/David Shallon 8:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Der Schwanendreher · Konzert nach alten Volksliedern für Viola und kleines Orchester: II. Nun Laube, Lindlein, Laube - Fugato: Der Gutzgauch auf dem Zaune saßTabea Zimmermann/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/David Shallon 9:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Der Schwanendreher · Konzert nach alten Volksliedern für Viola und kleines Orchester: III. Variationen über "Seid ihr nicht der Schwanendreher"Tabea Zimmermann/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/David Shallon 8:50£0.99  Buy MP3 


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5.0 out of 5 stars Key works by a major figure 10 Feb 2014
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The Mathis der Maler Symphony had always been one of my favourite pieces. It is included here in an excellent performance by Blomstedt. The other pieces do not equal it (but neither do many works of the era), but they are all worth listening to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Kammermusiks, Best Schwanendreher, Super Price -- A winner 25 Oct 2007
By Martin Selbrede - Published on Amazon.com
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At $10.99 to $11.99 (Amazon pricing fluctuates -- I got it for $10.99 then it went up) for two CDs filled with the 7 Hindemith Kammermusik works AND the 1935 viola concerto, Der Schwanendreher, it would be impossible to go wrong. But the Kammermusik pieces are conducted by Claudio Abbado and performed by the Berlin Philharmonic. That's an extra plus. And they're linked with the single best Schwanendreher recording out there, bar none. This is an absolute must for Hindemithians.

For modern mainstream recordings of the 7 Kammermusik, you really need to choose between Chailly and Abbado. It's that simple. I give Chailly (with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) a slight edge (such great soloists like Lynn Harrell and Hindemith expert Kim Kashkashian), and I must confess that part of the reason is that I tend to dislike the stereo imaging of works performed in the Berlin Philharmonie (although Kammermusik 7 for Organ was simply stunning -- for the first time I could hear details, like organ trills, that were muddied up on other versions, while the pedals were room-shaking). Abbado takes things at VERY brisk tempos -- the opening of the 1st Kammermusik is recklessly fast, for example (like Chailly's). This satisfies the instruction to be "wild" but the music starts to become an indistinct blur with such a fast tempo. Versions just a hair slower reveal so much more without loss of excitement.

There are several other contenders for the 7 Kammermusik works. The first recordings on LP were by Concerto Amsterdam in 1968 (Telefunken), and these have been released on CD (at long last) under the Teldec label. I grew up with these (in fact, I wore out my first set of LPs and bought a second), so I regarded them as definitive for years. Dedicated, strong performances in analog sound, digitally remastered in 1998, spearheaded by the legendary cellist Anner Bylsma, still have documentary value. No conductor is credited -- these guys were the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of their day!

On RCA Red Seal, The Ensemble Modern under Markus Stenz gives us the third digital runthrough of the seven concerti, a nice set for completionists (like me) but still eclipsed by Chailly and Abbado. CPO has also recorded all seven works under the baton of Werner Andreas Albert, which can still be acquired by buying the Complete Orchestra Works of Hindemith, Volume 2 (for concertos 1-3) and Volume 3 (for concertos 4-7), totalling 5 and 4 CDs respectively (with MANY more works than just the Kammermusiken on those CDs -- you might as well spring for Volume 1 and get ALL your Hindemith orchestral material at once on 15 total CDs.) Schwanendreher is also represented in Albert's traversal, with Brett Dean on viola. I rate the Dean/Albert version of Schwanendreher as the second best available -- second only to the one on the CD set I'm reviewing here (which, by the way, is NOT conducted by Abbado or played by the BPO, but rather involves David Shannon conducting the Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, with Tabea Zimmermann as soloist).

Thus, there are four digital candidates: Abbado and Chailly being the front runners, followed by Albert and then Stenz. The historic analog performance of Concerto Amsterdam is in a class by itself.

For individual performances, there is one consideration: there IS no better Kammermusik 2 than the one played by Sviatoslav Richter (Moscow Conservatoire Orchestra conducted by Yuri Nikolayevsky) on the Yedang Classics label. So, you really DON'T get anywhere near the best performance of this work if you buy any of the complete sets. Since you also get Bartok's 2nd piano concerto and Stravinsky's Movements for Piano and Orchestra, the Richter take on the Hindemith is worth adding apart from Richter's astonishing Hindemith performance. He alone brings a powerful personality to the work, with independent phrasing and dynamics between the hands, making all other versions seem pale by comparison.

Again, the Schwanendreher here is simply the finest recording made of the work (and I have several against which to compare it). The worst Schwanendreher (muddy, indistinct) is Barenboim conducting the Orchestre de Paris -- abysmal, doing no favors for the soloist (Daniel Benyamini). Dean/Albert are well-balanced and make a suitable 2nd-place finish (although some might rank Blomstedt's 1991 reading with Geraldine Walther and the San Francisco Orchestra as high if not higher than Dean/Albert, but the fugue is handled better in the Albert version -- I just relistened to all three versions to make sure I wasn't relying on unreliable memories). However, the sonic clarity, emotion, and gorgeous dynamics Shannon achieves on CD 2 of Abbado's Kammermusik interpretations reviewed here is a hidden gem of a performance (recorded in 1989) that bests all the competitors. Some of the better LP versions of Schwanendreher never migrated to CD (e.g., soloist Laszlo Barsony, Hungarian State Orchestra conducted by Miklos Erdelyi), so there's no purpose bringing them in for comparison. (Raphael Hillyer's 1970 version on a Nonesuch LP with Watanabe conducting the Japan Philharmonic -- my first version -- is wrongly listed as a DDD recording on its CD release with Albany; for its time the Hillyer version was impressive, but its time has come and gone. Hindemith's own performance as violist with the Arthur Fiedler Sinfonietta, despite Dutton's dedicated engineering and remastering, can't come close to Shannon's version despite the authority of Hindemith's interpretation.)

Bottom line: Because of the Schwanendreher coupling, this is the single best value in Kammermusik sets. Augment with the Richter for a better perspective on Kammermusik 2, and consider Chailly or Concerto Amsterdam as comparisons if you're a Hindemith fan. (Hindemith fans will jump all over the Albert recordings, though -- but at the price of THIS 2CD set, why not add this to your Albert boxes?)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent music and recording...and the price!!! 10 Jun 2008
By W. Crone - Published on Amazon.com
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This is only the second album of Hindemith's music I've purchased. Prior to picking up this double-disc I bought a disc of Hindemith piano sonatas performed by Glenn Gould and was quite pleased with them. I am happy to report that this album exceeded my expectations.

Before purchasing this title I did some research on Paul Hindemith and found reference to this series of pieces he composed. The descriptions intrigued me and, given further impetus by the positive feedback (and price), I decided to make a purchase.

The works are quite varied with each emphasizing different instruments like woodwinds or organ. I love the writing - Hindemith's harmonic style is very pleasing to these ears. This may be due to the fact that I am warming up to a broader selection of 20th-century music. I had previously been turned off by harsh-sounding 20th-century music. More and more I am thinking I just had the unfortunate experience of listening to bad performances. Forgive me if I'm spending too much time talking about my tastes while avoiding the subject of this review. I am aiming this review towards those people who may be shying away from 20th-century music for fear that they'll be subjected to a barrage of random, uninspired tones with no beginning and no end.

This is truly a ridiculous price. When one considers that gas is nearing $5.00/gallon, the opportunity to purchase 2 hours of great music for less than $10 deserves, no, it demands attention.

The music is beautiful, the price is absurdly low, the performances are excellent and the recordings are great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zippy 16 Oct 2010
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Hindemith, early and mid-career. Hindemith got interested in chamber ensembles, particularly when he became artistic director of the Donaueschingen festival, one of the most important contemporary-music enterprises in post-World-War-I Europe. The Kammermusiken 1-7, conceived over a number of years and for different occasions, nevertheless cohere as a set -- chamber concerti highlighting a soloist or (in the case of Kammermusik #1) a concerto grosso. One can see this as a 20th-century take on the Bach Brandenburgs and finds works featuring cello, violin, viola, piano, viola d'amore, and organ. They show Hindemith working toward his mature language. The Kammermusik #1 is Hindemith kicking up his avant-garde heels and indulging in wicked humor. The "Quartet" movement, for example, consists of three instruments and a triangle as the fourth member of the quartet), while the finale cocks a snoot with the energy of an Offenbach can-can. The viola concerto is, I think, the most "Baroque" of the set and reminds me of the Bach violin concerti, while the piano concerto owes the most to Romantic ideals of the soloist and orchestral relationship. "Der Schwanendreher," for viola, is mature Hindemith. During the composition of the opera Mathis der Maler, Hindemith became interested in German Renaissance folk tunes. These also found their way into the concerto.

The Kammermusiken have been particularly lucky in their recordings. I first heard a superb set with Jaap Schroeder and the Concerto Amsterdam on the Telefunken label. I've never seen a CD transfer, although I'm told one exists on Teldec. You can't go wrong with Riccardo Chailly and the Concertbegouw, and Abbado and his Berliners yield nothing to them, except warmth. I prefer the more lyrical Chailly, but that's just a personal preference rather than an Abbado fault. David Shallon with violist Wolfram Christ and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra deliver the best Schwanendreher I've ever heard, effacing even Blomstedt and Walther on London/Decca. That coupling may tip you to this recording rather than to Chailly or Schroeder. You really can't make a mistake with any of these three.
5.0 out of 5 stars well-recorded, unpretentious, sometimes moving . . . and a bargain! 28 Jun 2013
By Stanley Crowe - Published on Amazon.com
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The earlier reviewers have pretty much said it all, and I just want to throw in my concurrence. The unpretentiousness is a key for me -- some of these pieces are in effect short concertos (20th Century equivalents of the Brandenburgs, suggests the booklet note writer), and all were composed in the decade of the 1920's. They are lively and lightly scored -- the listings say "Berlin Philharmonic," but in fact the orchestral "tutti" is usually no more than a dozen players. The soloists are all excellent, Lars Vogt and Wolfram Christ among them, and Abbado leads his forces with clarity, energy, and rhythmic life. Some of the pleasure comes from the sheer liveliness; occasionally a deeper vein of expressiveness is touched, as in the cello concerto, which is beautifully done. The two discs are very well filled, and as a bonus, there's a fine performance by the violist Tabea Zimmerman of the "Schwanendreher" concerto, a lovely, more extended piece, here with the Bavarian Radio Symphony, and also in good sound. Well made music for a good price -- well worth the modest cost if you like 20th Century music that harks back to Bach.
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent 27 May 2013
By Peter Gueckel - Published on Amazon.com
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The genius of Paul Hindemith is in his largely unknown early works. Long familiar with the disks on Wergo, I was, however, unaware of this magnificent chamber work. What makes Kammermusik unique is that it is a series of works written over the course of a number of years, from 1921-1927, each with different instrumentation. This is the only recording of the work I have heard, but I have no regrets in adding this set to my collection. Add to this Der Schwanendreher, from 1935, and you have almost 150 minutes of great German music from before the artistically repressive period of the Second World War.
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