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Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)

The Hindemith Case

Wednesday 11 June 2008 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)

Repeated: Wednesday 11 June 2008 20:45-21:45 (Radio 3)

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'.

Duration:

1 hour

Playlist

Opener: Morgenmusik for brass Extract - mvt I
Malmo Brass Ensemble
BIS-CD-159
T 1

Der Schwanenedreher Extract: mvt 1
Geraldine Walther (viola)/ San Francisco Symphony/ Herbert Blomstedt (cond)
Decca 433 809-2
T 3

Mathis der Maler symphony
Berliner Philharmoniker/ Claudio Abbado (cond)
DG 447 389-2
T 1-3


Trauermusik (for cello and string orch)
Torleif Thedeen (cello)/ Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam/ Lev Markiz (cond)
BIS CD 816
T 5-8




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