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Convergent Winds: Music of Paul Hindemith


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An accomplished performer on the viola, piano, and clarinet, Paul Hindemith used to brag that he could play any instrument in the orchestra with a little practice. Over the course of his prolific career, the German composer proved that he could write for any instrument as well, and that very notion became something of a mission for him- to ensure that each instrument had its share of solo repertoire. Convergent Winds, a new recording from Oberlin Music, showcases five sonatas Hindemith wrote for woodwinds. It features performances by a host of esteemed Oberlin Conservatory faculty: clarinetist Richard Hawkins, pianist James Howsmon, flutist Alexa Still, oboist and English hornist Robert Walters, and retired bassoonist George Skakeeny. The works were written between 1936- a time when Hindemith’s music was banned from performance in Nazi Germany- to 1942, by which time he has resettled in America. For Howsmon, a longtime professor of instrumental accompanying at Oberlin, the recording pays tribute to an exacting neoclassicist whose music has unfairly fallen out of fashion. “Rather than being a huge innovator, Hindemith took his inspiration from past eras, and yet he had a really wonderful approach to it,” Howsmon says. “He took old models and made them look new, and no matter how wild he gets, you can always find where his starting point was, and it was always 150 years before. He’s like a master furniture builder- a total craftsman. There have been others who have done that, of course, but to me he is the best of them.
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Item number OC18-02
Barcode 045399107060
Release date 6/15/2018
Category Chamber Music
Label OBERLIN
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Arranger Walters, Robert
Classical Artist Howsmon, James
Disc: 1
Flute Sonata00:12:00
1 Flute Sonata: I. Heiter bewegt 00:05:13 Still, Alexa Howsmon, James
2 Flute Sonata: II. Sehr langsam 00:04:59 Still, Alexa Howsmon, James
3 Flute Sonata: III. Sehr lebhaft - Marsch 00:04:49 Still, Alexa Howsmon, James
English Horn Sonata00:13:00
4 English Horn Sonata: I. Langsam 00:03:07 Walters, Robert Howsmon, James
5 English Horn Sonata: II. Allegro pesante 00:01:30 Walters, Robert Howsmon, James
6 English Horn Sonata: III. Moderato 00:01:57 Walters, Robert Howsmon, James
7 English Horn Sonata: IV. Scherzo. Schnell 00:00:48 Walters, Robert Howsmon, James
8 English Horn Sonata: V. Moderato 00:02:14 Walters, Robert Howsmon, James
9 English Horn Sonata: VI. Allegro pesante 00:01:40 Walters, Robert Howsmon, James
Bassoon Sonata00:08:00
10 Bassoon Sonata: I. Leicht bewegt 00:02:10 Sakakeeny, George Howsmon, James
11 Bassoon Sonata: II. Langsam - Marsch 00:05:49 Sakakeeny, George Howsmon, James
Oboe Sonata00:12:00
12 Oboe Sonata: I. Munter 00:04:08 Walters, Robert Howsmon, James
13 Oboe Sonata: II. Sehr langsam 00:08:33 Walters, Robert Howsmon, James
Clarinet Sonata00:17:00
14 Clarinet Sonata: I. Mäßig bewegt 00:04:52 Hawkins, Richard Howsmon, James
15 Clarinet Sonata: II. Lebhaft 00:03:03 Hawkins, Richard Howsmon, James
16 Clarinet Sonata: III. Sehr langsam 00:06:44 Hawkins, Richard Howsmon, James
17 Clarinet Sonata: IV. Kleines Rondo. Gemächlich 00:02:37 Hawkins, Richard Howsmon, James
Echo00:01:00
18 Echo 00:01:08 Still, Alexa Howsmon, James
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