Frank Peter Zimmermann, Enrico Pace, Paavo Jarvi – Hindemith: Violin Concerto, Violin Sonatas (2013)
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Frank Peter Zimmermann, who in 2010 was awarded the international Paul Hindemith Prize of the City of Hanau, makes a great case for these works. His Trio recently won the 2013 BBC Music Magazine Award for their Chamber recording of Beethoven’s Trio Op. 9. In the concerto Zimmermann teams up with Paavo Järvi, another recipient of the Paul Hindemith Prize and principal conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Composer: Paul Hindemith
Performer: Frank Peter Zimmermann, Enrico Pace
Conductor: Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Hindemith’s music seems to be out of fashion these days. There was a time in the 1960s and 70s when few major violinists did not program his Violin Concerto–sort of a modern German composer’s answer to Brahms. Check out, for example, the extended passage for wind ensemble that opens the slow movement. It’s so like Brahms in concept, but so totally unlike him in sonority. David Oistrakh and Isaac Stern both made excellent recordings of this splendid work, and this one certainly stands with them. Frank Peter Zimmermann plays with a tonal purity and intonational accuracy that Hindemith would have admired. Again, that plaintive slow movement stands out for its lyrical beauty and simplicity, but Zimmermann shows no lack of virtuosity in the outer movements, and he’s both ideally balanced and compellingly accompanied by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony under Paavo Järvi.
The couplings make this a release of more than usual interest, and a very useful disc for collectors looking to round out their libraries of Hindemith’s violin music. All four sonatas belong with his best chamber works, with the charming and melodically sweet Sonata in E of 1935 retaining a strong degree of historical interest as well. It was the performance of this unassumingly pleasant piece in 1936 that led to the formal campaign against Hindemith by the Nazi regime, and his subsequent departure from Germany. The contrast between the character of the music itself and the official reaction to it could not have been more ironic. In any case, Zimmermann plays with the same conviction that he brings to the concerto, nowhere more so than in the tricky Sonata for Solo Violin, Op. 31 No. 2, with its folksy variation finale. In the three accompanied sonatas pianist Enrico Pace is Zimmermann’s sensitive and intelligent partner. A great disc, then, superbly engineered and smartly programmed.
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: I. Mäßig bewegte Halbe
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: II. Langsam
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: III. Lebhaft
Sonata for Solo Violin, op. 31 no. 2: I. Leicht bewegte Viertel
Sonata for Solo Violin, op. 31 no. 2: II. Ruhig bewegte Achtel
Sonata for Solo Violin, op. 31 no. 2: III. Gemächliche Viertel
Sonata for Solo Violin, op. 31 no. 2: IV. Fünf Variationen über das Lied „Komm lieber Mai“ von Mozart
Sonata in E-flat for Violin and Piano, op. 11 no. 1: I. Erster Teil. Frisch
Sonata in E-flat for Violin and Piano, op. 11 no. 1: II. Zweiter Teil. Im Zeitmaß eines langsamen, feierlichen Tanzes
Sonata in E for Violin and Piano: I. Ruhig bewegt
Sonata in E for Violin and Piano: II. Langsam
Sonata in C for Violin and Piano: I. Lebhaft
Sonata in C for Violin and Piano: II. Langsam – Lebhaft – Langsam, wie zuerst
Sonata in C for Violin and Piano: III. Fuge. Ruhig bewegt