Hindemith: Clarinet Concerto - Clarinet Quartet - Clarinet Sonata
Sharon Kam explores Hindemith in her third album on the Orfeo label.
Even if some still consider him ‘too modern’ today, Paul Hindemith,
who was born in Hanau, Hesse, is undoubtedly one of the most
influential German composers of the generation after Richard Strauss.
Few of his colleagues found their way into the international repertoire
to the extent that he did, or influenced subsequent generations
through his equally extensive educational work.
All three works for clarinet featured on this recording date from years
of extensive travel: the Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano
was written in 1938, around the time of his emigration to Switzerland;
the Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in 1939, during the course of tours of
the USA that immediately followed his emigration; and the Concerto
for Clarinet and Orchestra (written for and premiered by Benny
Goodman) in 1947, when Hindemith interrupted his American exile to
visit Europe again for the first time after the Second World War.
Sharon Kam has teamed up with her long-standing musical partners
Enrico Pace (piano), Antje Weithaas (violin), and Julian Steckel (cello)
for the chamber music items on the album, and with the Frankfurt
Radio Symphony under the musical direction of Daniel Cohen for