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|Paul Hindemith, Hans Petermandl|
HINDEMITH: Piano Works, Vol. 4
Hindemith's Ludus Tonalis is a series of fugues and interludes, almost a 20th-century equivalent to Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier on a smaller scale. Hans Petermandl, who once performed Hindemith's Piano Concerto with the c... more »
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Hindemith's Ludus Tonalis is a series of fugues and interludes, almost a 20th-century equivalent to Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier on a smaller scale. Hans Petermandl, who once performed Hindemith's Piano Concerto with the composer conducting, has made a specialty of Hindemith's music. He cannot command quite as much keyboard color as Sviatoslav Richter, whose Pyramid CD from a live performance is a memorable experience. Yet Petermandl's approach, more direct but still very colorful also, is an equally valid way to hear Hindemith's music. The bonus piece isn't a big deal, but the disc is still highly recommended to Hindemithians. --Leslie Gerber
Good performance of a great piano work.
S. C Rice | 08/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If I needed to get rid of all of Hindemith's music save one piece, the Ludus Tonalis would be what I would choose of his works. While the pieces are theoretically pretty simple elaborations on Baroque development techniques of canon and fugue, modified to fit the modern harmonic idiom, Hindemith achieves some wonderful affects in these works. There are profound senses of `quietness' or `openness' in pieces such as the Interludium in G and the Fugue in Eb. Hindemith also has a very fine tuned sense of pathos in many of these works. The emotions expressed are very ethereal, but also personal. They project a sense of melancholy with the world that reflects the turmoil of the Twentieth Century without seeming despondent. These works really should be part of the standard piano ouvre, as many are technically pretty accessible and all are well crafted, but have not yet found their niche.' The Ludus Tonalis is a continuos work; each piece `sets up' the next one, so that this `Well Tempered Klavier' type collection may be performed as a whole. The work is very conscious of the Well Tempered Klavier and often consciously emulates it. The performance grasps the central ideas of the work. There are a couple of wrong notes here or there (mostly from misreading the score, such as forgetting that an accidental carries though the measure or assuming that it continues beyond the bar line, when it does not), but each pieces `comes off' well. They each communicate as they should."
Real Good Stuff
Mudpie | PACIFICA, CA United States | 08/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I guess we're all different.:-) If it was the same one I had, the Richter recording is one of the worst of anything I've ever heard, like he had too many martinis before the recital. I wondered at the time if he approved of it. I feel totally at home with this recording, which is a difficult balance of exciting and fun-loving with introverted and seriously intellectual. That is how I imagine Hindemith and it is good to see that an authority of his music expresses it as such.
I think we can assume Mr.Petermandl knows how to read accidentals but I noticed one chord he does differently from me (at my own humble level.) But it was certainly deliberate so I have to see if I am reading wrong or the text is wrong, and why he might have changed it as such. Good fun!