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Hindemith: Solo Violin Sonata

Magazine article Gramophone

Hindemith: Solo Violin Sonata

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Hindemith [G][G*]

Solo Violin Sonata, 'Es ist so schones Wetter draussen', Op 31 No 2. Violin Sonatas (a)--Op 11 No 1; in E (1935); in C (1939). Violin Concerto (b)

Frank Peter Zimmermann vn (a) Enrico Pace pf

(b) Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra / Paavo Jarvi

BIS (F) ** BIS2024 (68' * DDD/DSD)

Hindemith's major solo violin works from Zimmermann

The benchmark recording of Hindemith's Violin Concerto remains Oistrakh's with the composer from 1962, now 50 years old but still sounding excellent. Other recordings have come and gone but none has shown such staying power, except Gertler's not-much-younger account for Supraphon. Dene Olding's (coupled with the Fourth Kammermusik) is the best of the newer issues (much securer than Guttman) but not a first choice. Frank Peter Zimmermann's interpretation, on the other hand, is the real deal. His technique is more than adequate to the Concerto's virtuoso challenges and his musicianship to its expressive potential. His account is also lighter in tone and swifter than either Oistrakh's or Gertler's, with no loss of gravity where needed.

These same attributes are evident in his readings of the four sonatas, neatly made up of one unaccompanied with three of the four with piano. …

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