Follow us on. This CD presents early work by two of the most prominent German composers after the war. Add Schoenberg, Berg, and Toch, and you basically have the A-team. Weill's early maturity always astonished me he was born in

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In Paul Hindemith wrote a short piece for string quartet that — when played well — provides seven minutes of some of the most excruciatingly painful music ever to offend the ear. The resulting mistakes are carefully written out. Players overshoot octaves resulting in squeaky ninths; rapidly repeated tremolando notes that add urgency to the orchestral score are rendered through dogged sawing; pizzicato passages trip over themselves in haplessly imprecise rhythms.

The chromatic up and down scales with which Wagner paints the swirling stormy seas are slurred into haphazard glissandos because, really, who can be bothered to articulate all those notes? At one point the players give up on Wagner altogether, launching into a jolly waltz before steering the Dutchman into his final, utterly dissonant port.

Wagner, after all, stood for an ideal of German culture that was especially politicized in the humiliating aftermath of the Versailles Treaty. Hindemith, who served in the army in the last year of World War I and whose middle-aged father died on the Western Front, was deeply disillusioned with German militarism and the rhetoric of national heroism.

In , Hindemith, then 20, and a few friends created a fictitious music conservatory named Abtsroda. Contemporary critics were aghast. Not much longer, as it happened. In a cultural landscape that, as Mr. By they had moved to the United States, and Hindemith began a teaching sojourn at Yale the following year. There, he became more guarded. And he wrote a little opera for a chorus up here of his fellow professors, and it was a great success. But I seldom saw him smile.

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The String Quartet op. The work begins mezza voce with a very slow fugato, but the discourse soon assumes an astonishing expressive force that borders on the violent in the scherzo in which the rhythmic design, imposed by sharp accents is of intractable logic. Hindemith sum up his experience as a drummer in a military band during the First World War. He incorporated a lot of literary and musical puns: Wasserdichter und Volgelbauer on Poet and Peasant of F. With the finest stylistic aptness, their committed interpretation powerful, balanced and technically masterful goes straight to the heart of great and beautiful music that merits immediate rediscovery.


PAUL HINDEMITH (1895-1963) - OUVERTURE 'Flying Dutchman' - MINIMAX - QUARTET OP 22 - Kocian Quartet

When one goes to a tailor, one doesn't want a picture or photograph of him, but a well-made suit. If someone wants to occupy himself with me, he should look at my works. Hindemith's lifetime was dominated by momentous historical events of the 20th century. The composer who originated from a modest background and grew up during the time of the German Empire saw his professional education overshadowed by the First World War and served as a soldier on the front during its final year. By the time of the Weimar Republic, Hindemith had become a successful young composer as part of the musical avantgarde, but during the so-called Third Reich, he suffered from the restrictive cultural politics of an inhuman state. During the Second World War, he experienced life as an immigrant, subsequently becoming involved as a globally renowned artist in the cultural renewal of Europe during the post-war period in the final phase of his life. No other composer of the twentieth century wrote such a comprehensive and versatile oeuvre comprising all usable genres.

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