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Hindemith und Seine Freunde

Cover Design: Jacomini & Duda, Ltd.

Catalog Number: CPS-8605
Audio Format: Stereo, ADD
Playing Time: 62:43
Release Date: 1989

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    Paul Hindemith
Heiter bewegt (5:02)
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  2. Sehr langsam (5:02)
  3. Sehr lebhaft - Marsch (4:55)
    Cesar Bresgen
  4. Fliessend, doch nicht rasch (2:50)
  5. Lefhaft und sehr leicht (3:36)
  6. Ruhige Viertel (8:33)
    Günther Raphel
    Sonate Nr. 1 in F# Minor, Op. 46, Nr. 7
  7. Frei improvisierend (2:20)
  8. Langsam (2:07)
  9. Rasch (3:25)
  10. Graziös und anmutig (1:52)
    Harald Genzmer
    Sonate Nr. 2 in E Minor
  11. Allegro moderato (4:54)
  12. Scherzo (4:10)
  13. Introduktion und Finale (5:58)
    Paul Hindemith
  14. Acht Stücke (7:59)



Fanfare - November/December, 1989 - by James H. North

"This disc bears the title Hindemith und Seine Freunde; the other three composers are all Germans younger than Hindemith: Harald Genzmer studied composition with Hindemith, Cesar Bresgen attended some of his composition seminars, and Gunter Raphael seems to have had no contact with the master.

The fifteen-minute Hindemith sonata, of 1936, is serene and ecstatic, showing no sign of his exhausting work setting up musical life in Turkey that year, nor of his uncertain position at home, where his works were first ignored. then welcomed. then banned by the National Socialist government. Bresgen's sonata sounds very much like Hindemith. although it was written in 1944, prior to his attending the seminars. Its first two momements are short and conventional; the long finale begins and ends calmly but covers a wide range of expression and tempos. Raphael's solo flute sonata, also from 1944, is perfectly described by its four movement directions: free improvisation, slow, quick, graceful and charming. Lovely music, but little trace of Hindemith. Genzmer's sonata is undated: the piano writing recalls Hindemith: it holds the piece together while the flute goes off on wilder flights - fitting use of the characteristics of each instrument. This recital returns to Hindemith for its close: Eight Pieces, for solo flute, date from 1927; they last about one minute each and cover many moods, but are not especially Hindemithian.

The performers are on the faculty of Bowling Green University. and both are graduates of Oberlin Conservatory, where this recording was made. Professor Bentley calls these "some or my favorite piece - which I have performed with the composers." She plays marvelously, communicating her enthusiasm to the listener and getting a surprisingIy wide variety of color from her instrument. This disc contains an unusual amount or solid music for a flute recital, and Hindemith's sonata is a masterpiece. Well recorded: up close without being breathy. Highly recommended."



Turok’s Choice - Summer, 1991 - Issue No. 14 - by Paul Turok

"Hindemith’s Flute Sonata is well-played by Judith Bently, on an interesting disc also containing sonatas by Genzmer and other Hindemith disciples (CPS-8605)."