Music in the Great War
Piano concertos for the left hand by Korngold and Hindemith commissioned by Paul Wittgenstein, who was injured on the Eastern Front during World War I.
After sustaining an injury on the Eastern Front during the First World War, the Austrian concert pianist Paul Wittgenstein subsequently re-learned to play the piano with his left hand alone. He commissioned a number of new works, including these pieces by Korngold and Hindemith, as well as the more famous concerto by Ravel.
Korngold: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
Howard Shelley (piano)
conductor Matthias Bamert
Hindemith: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand Op.29
Leon Fleisher (piano)
Symphony Orchestra of the Curtis Institute
conductor Christoph Eschenbach.