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Hindemith: Music for One and Two Pianos Import

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Disc: 1
1. Son No.1: I. Ruhig Bewegte Viertel
2. Son No.1: II. Im Zeitmass Eines Sehr Langsamen Marsches
3. Son No.1: III. Lebhaft
4. Son No.1: IV. Ruhig Beegte Viertel, Wie Im Erstein Teil
5. Son No.1: V. Lebhaft - Energisch - Sehr Lebhaft
6. Son No.2: I. Massig Schnell
7. Son No.2: II. Lebhaft
8. Son No.2: III. Sehr Langsam - Rondo: Bewegt
9. Son No.3: I. Ruhig Bewegt
10. Son No.3: II. Sehr Lebhaft
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Disc: 2
1. Ludus Tonalis: Praeludium
2. Ludus Tonalis: Fuga I
3. Ludus Tonalis: Interludium
4. Ludus Tonalis: Fuga II
5. Ludus Tonalis: Interludium
6. Ludus Tonalis: Fuga III
7. Ludus Tonalis: Interludium
8. Ludus Tonalis: Fuga IV
9. Ludus Tonalis: Interludium
10. Ludus Tonalis: Fuga V
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A direct interpretation of Hindimith. Dec 10 2010
By Honest - Published on Amazon.com
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What is absent on this two CD set is affectation. Roberts plays these peices "straight," if you will, and that makes all the difference. What comes through is not so much a focus on Roberts, or on the piano as an instrument. What comes through is the music itself. The result is a pure and complete challenge to one's expectations of euphony. These recordings GREATLY exceeded my expectations, largely because prior to this my understanding of Hindemith was limited to my perception of his work as essentially a kind of country-fied avant garde (make sense?). Roberts' Hindemith rings in my ears like poetry, however. It sounds more human, less violent and experimental, and lacks the taint of egotism.

But the two-player tracks alone are worth the price. Strong's backup on the peices at the ends of each CD are wonderfully technical and complementary, opening up broad dimentions of sound dynamics. This isn't Frank and Dino time.

Two things to keep in mind about my thought for this review:

1) I think John McCabe a brilliant and intrepid post-tonalist piano composer (check out his Piano Music), but have yet to hear his recording of the Suite 1922 / Ludus Tonalis...

2) Glenn Gould (to my knowledge) never recorded the Ludus Tonalis. But he probably should have.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent recording Aug. 17 2012
By Mike C - Published on Amazon.com
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Hindemith's piano music is accessible and challenging both technically and musically. Ludus Tonalis is in some ways an homage to Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, recast as as twentieth-century work and an attempt to illustrate his thoughts on key relationships and harmony. The fugues and interludes work (fairly) well when played as a set; I'm not sure how well a smaller group would program. The three piano sonatas are more varied; the first is a five-movement work that tends to wander towards the end; the second, on a smaller scale, is almost a sonatina, and the third is a four-movement work ending with a difficult double fugue. The third is probably most well-known; it recalls late Beethoven and some Brahms while staying in the melodic and harmonic vocabulary Hindemith developed in the 1930s.

Having heard Bernard Roberts' complete Beethoven sonatas and his Bach WTC, I was interested to see how he approaches Hindemith. This is an excellent recording of these works, and unlike the Beethoven recording, the sound and recording quality is consistently excellent. Roberts approaches these in an unaffected but expressive manner. I would recommend this set to anyone wanting a fine interpretation of these works; personally I prefer these version over those of Glenn Gould. Roberts plays this music closer to Brahms or Schubert, especially the sonatas, than others do; he balances the frequent counterpoint aspects of the music with the melodic sections.
2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good, but slow Jan. 18 2006
By Byron Hall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
He plays Hindemith well, but too slowly. If you want to hear a better version of the sonatas, buy Glenn Gould.