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Hindemith: Sonatas for viola/piano & viola alone Original recording reissued


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Disc: 1
1. Sonate fur Viola Solo Op. 31 Nr. 4 (1924): Ausserst labhaft
2. Sonate fur Viola Solo Op. 31 Nr. 4 (1924): Lied - Ruhig, mit wenig Ausdruck
3. Sonate fur Viola Solo Op. 31 Nr. 4 (1924): Thema mit Variationen: Schnelle Viertel - Langsam - Zieml
4. Sonate fur Viola Solo Op. 25 Nr. 1 (1922): Breit; Sehr frisch und straff
5. Sonate fur Viola Solo Op. 25 Nr. 1 (1922): Sehr langsam
6. Sonate fur Viola Solo Op. 25 Nr. 1 (1922): Rasendes Zeitmass. Wild. Tonschonheit ist Nebensache
7. Sonate fur Viola Solo Op. 25 Nr. 1 (1922): Langsam, mit veil Ausdruck
8. Sonate fur Viola Solo (1937): Lebhafte Halbe
9. Sonate fur Viola Solo (1937): Langsame Viertel - Lebhaft (pizzicato)
10. Sonate fur Viola Solo (1937): Massig schnelle Viertel
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Disc: 2
1. Sonate fur Viola und Piano Op. 11 Nr. 4 (1919): Phantasie
2. Sonate fur Viola und Piano Op. 11 Nr. 4 (1919): Thema mit Variationen
3. Sonate fur Viola und Piano Op. 11 Nr. 4 (1919): Finale mit Variationen
4. Sonate fur Viola und Piano Op. 25 Nr. 4 (1922): Sehr lebhaft, markiert und kraftvoll
5. Sonate fur Viola und Piano Op. 25 Nr. 4 (1922): Sehr langsame Viertel
6. Sonate fur Viola und Piano Op. 25 Nr. 4 (1922): Finale, lebhaft Viertel
7. Sonate fur Viola und Piano (1939): Briet, mit Kraft
8. Sonate fur Viola und Piano (1939): Sehr lebhaft
9. Sonate fur Viola und Piano (1939): Phantasie
10. Sonate fur Viola und Piano (1939): Finale

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ECM 1330 833311; ECM RECORDS - Germania; Classica contemporanea Cameristica

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
excellent sound and interpretations 12 Jun 2003
By Jeremiah Lawson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The sound quality is good and the performances are excellent. I recently had the opportunity to compare Kashkashian's performance with Hindemith's own 1930s recording and while I naturally give props to Hindemith for recording his own work I like Kashkashian's performance of the Op. 24 viola sonata more-- not just for sound but for the speed and fire she puts into the wild fourth movement.
Hindemith's contribution to viola repertoire is probably the single most important one of the 20th century and this is probably the best available recording of his works. It includes all the solo and with-piano works on just two discs. It's also nice that Kashkashian and Levin recorded the viola works that were unpublished during Hindemith's lifetime, giving us a fuller insight into his work for the instrument than we might otherwise hear.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Hindemith expresses himself through the viola 31 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's a shame that the viola is not showcased enough. Fortunately, composers such as Hindemith (as well as Bach and others) really took a liking to it (though it is said that Bach loved playing the viola to relieve his stress and was felt it was a valuable asset to music as a whole, he never wrote solo works for it) and expanded its repetoire. As a result, he had an easier time expressing his music via the viola, thus making this CD a great example of Hindemith as a whole. Although some people, who aren't fond of 20th-century music, may not appreciate the unaccompanied sonatas on Disc 1, it would be hard for any romantic NOT to immediately fall in love with the op. 11/4 Sonata with piano on Disc 2. As usual, Kashkashian and Levin do a great job--musically, technically, and as an ensemble.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Stunningly Rendered, Hauntingly Beautiful 17 Feb 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Violist Kim Kashkashian and Pianist Robert Levin have recorded performances here as impressive as any every committed to disc. With one CD of solo viola works and another of works of viola and piano together, this two CD set runs an entire universe of ideas, thoughts and feelings. The solo viola work is fabulous, both musically and technically. By the time you hear the haunting echoed tune of the Op.11 number 4, last movement being traded back-and-forth between the viola and piano, you will know that the musical repose of a brilliant musical mind like Hindemith's never goes out of style.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
If you play the viola, you have to own this album 3 May 2002
By A. Bish - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album is the ultimate example of what a viola should sound like. If you say you don't like Hindemith's writing, then you obviously haven't heard Kim kashkashian's performance of the Sonata Op. 11 no. 4. If I had to pay ... just to hear that one sonata I would still consider it a bargain. This CD should be required listening for every viola student.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The mind being secured, the heart will follow 4 Dec 2009
By Rand Careaga - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album has been one of the staples of my listening environment for over twenty years. The music is austere, granitic, and will not immediately engage some listeners (my elderly father, mistaking the opening track for a modern composition, once sneered that only pretentious trendies could possibly feign a liking for such noise. He did not believe me when I told him that he was three years old when it was composed). Those who give it a fair hearing will find that where an initially intellectual interest is piqued the emotions will shortly, and deeply, follow. I have a largish musical library (around 800 discs), and were I compelled to sell it off, this title would be among the last dozen to go. Highest recommendation.
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