Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)


A Boy's Remarkable Talent20080609

Donald Macleod explores Hindemith's early years as a performer and a composer, looking at the impact of the First World War on him and his work.


Siegfried Mauser (piano)

String Quartet in F minor, Op 10 (1st mvt)

The Danish Quartet

Drei Gesange (Three Songs), Op 9 (No 3)

Susan Bullock (soprano)

BBC Philharmonic

Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor)

Violin Concerto

Isaac Stern (violin)

New York Philharmonic

Leonard Bernstein (conductor).

A Composer's New World20080612

Donald Macleod looks at Hindemith's experiences as an exile in America, where he was the most performed of the European composers seeking refuge there, and where he held composition classes at Yale that were considered the best in the country.

Fuga Segunda in G (Ludus Tonalis)

Olli Mustonen (piano)

Sonata for trombone

Henry Charles Smith (trombone)

Glenn Gould (piano)

When lilacs last in the door yard bloom'd (mvts 2-7)

William Stone (baritone)

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Robert Shaw (conductor)

Horn Concerto

Dennis Brain (horn)

Philharmonia Orchestra

Paul Hindemith (conductor).

02The Sins Of Youth20080610

Donald Macleod explores Hindemith's radical and very productive years in the 1920s, showing how by 1922 the young composer, brimming with confidence and excitement, was known across Germany as an 'enfant terrible' of the ultra-modernist school. However, some of these works the composer himself would come to regard as 'the sins of youth', and would cause him great embarrassment under the Nazi regime.

Suite (1922) (Excerpt - Shimmy)

John McCabe (piano)

Das Nusch Nuschi Suite

BBC Philharmonic

Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor)

Kammermusik No 1

Ensemble Modern

Markus Stenz (conductor)

Das Marienleben

Ruth Ziesak (soprano)

Radio-Philharmonie Hannover des NDR

Cord Garben (conductor).

03The Hindemith Case20080611

Donald Macleod examines Hindemith's stance on the political changes in Germany in the 1930s.

Very reluctant to leave his beloved Germany, he tried throughout this period to work out a way of living under the regime.

In November 1934, the conductor Furtwangler wrote a newspaper article called The Hindemith Case in defence of the composer.

It was a total failure, with Furtwangler having to resign all his positions, and Hindemith's compositions attacked as 'the foulest perversion of modern music'.

Morgenmusik for brass (1st mvt)

Malmo Brass Ensemble

Der Schwanenedreher (1st mvt)

Geraldine Walther (viola)

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)

Symphony (Mathis der Maler)

Berlin Philharmonic

Claudio Abbado (conductor)


Torleif Thedeen (cello)

Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam

Lev Markiz (conductor).

05 LASTA Legacy20080613

Donald Macleod examines Hindemith's final years, including the composition of his opera Harmonie der Welt, which he intended to be the crowning achievement of his life, as well as his fall from favour with the avant-garde.

Zwolf Madrigaleno (No 4 - Trink aus!)

Netherlands Chamber Choir

Uwe Gronostay (conductor)

Symphonische Metamorphosen nach Themen von carl Maria von Weber (2nd mvt)

Berliner Philharmonic

Paul Hindemith (conductor)

Symphony (Harmonie der Welt)

BBC Philharmonic

Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor)

Benedictus; Agnus Dei (Mass)

Danish National Radio Choir.