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Hindemith: Ludus Tonalis – Hartmann: Piano Sonata "27 April 1945"

Esther Walker

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Ludus tonalis  
1.1
No. 1, Prelude
Paul Hindemith; Esther Walker
3:52
1.2
No. 2, Fugue No. 1 in C Major. Slow
Paul Hindemith; Esther Walker
3:17
1.3
No. 3, Interlude. Moderate, with Energy
Paul Hindemith; Esther Walker
1:17
1.4
No. 4, Fugue No. 2 in G Major. Gay
Paul Hindemith; Esther Walker
1:36
1.5
No. 5, Interlude. Pastorale, Moderate
Paul Hindemith; Esther Walker
1:12
1.6
No. 6, Fugue No. 3 in F Major. Andante
Paul Hindemith; Esther Walker
2:49
1.7
No. 7, Interlude. Scherzando
Paul Hindemith; Esther Walker
1:20
1.8
No. 8, Fugue No. 4 in A Major. With Energy - Slow, grazioso - Tempo primo
Paul Hindemith; Esther Walker
2:53
1.9
No. 9, Interlude. Fast
Paul Hindemith; Esther Walker
1:15
1.10
No. 10, Fugue No. 5 in E Major. Fast
Paul Hindemith; Esther Walker
1:09
1.11
No. 11, Interlude. Moderato
Paul Hindemith; Esther Walker
1:01
1.12
No. 12, Fugue No. 6 in E-Flat Major. Quiet
Paul Hindemith; Esther Walker
2:18
1.13
No. 13, Interlude. March
Paul Hindemith; Esther Walker
1:52
1.14
No. 14, Fugue No. 7 in A-Flat Major. Moderato
Paul Hindemith; Esther Walker
1:55
1.15
No. 15, Interlude. Very Broad
Paul Hindemith; Esther Walker
2:25
1.16
No. 16, Fugue No. 8 in D Major. With Strength
Paul Hindemith; Esther Walker
0:58
1.17
No. 17, Interlude. Very Fast
Paul Hindemith; Esther Walker
1:27
1.18
No. 18, Fugue No. 9 in B-Flat Major. Moderate, scherzando
Paul Hindemith; Esther Walker
2:04
1.19
No. 19, Interlude. Very Quiet
Paul Hindemith; Esther Walker
2:15
1.20
No. 20, Fugue No. 10 in D-Flat Major. Moderately Fast, grazioso
Paul Hindemith; Esther Walker
1:50
1.21
No. 21, Interlude. Allegro pesante
Paul Hindemith; Esther Walker
2:14
1.22
No. 22, Fugue No. 11 in B Major. Slow (Canon)
Paul Hindemith; Esther Walker
2:09
1.23
No. 23, Interlude. Valse
Paul Hindemith; Esther Walker
1:51
1.24
No. 24, Fugue No. 12 in F-Sharp Major. Very Quiet
Paul Hindemith; Esther Walker
3:08
1.25
No. 25, Postludium
Paul Hindemith; Esther Walker
3:38
Piano Sonata "Den 27. April 1945"  
1.26
I. Bewegt
Karl Amadeus Hartmann; Esther Walker
4:34
1.27
III. Marcia funebre. Lento
Karl Amadeus Hartmann; Esther Walker
9:25
1.28
IV. Allegro risoluto
Karl Amadeus Hartmann; Esther Walker
7:14
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    72:58
Composed in 1942 during his stay in the United States, Hindemith's Ludus Tonalis was first performed in 1943 in Chicago. It is one of the greatest solo piano works of the mid-20th century, exploring matters of technique, theory, inspiration, and communication. This masterpiece comprises all 12 major and/or minor keys and was intended to be the 20th century equivalent to J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. Written just three years after Ludus Tonalis, Hartmann’s Piano Sonata [No.2] depicts the shuffling feet of 20,000 camp prisoners from Dachau whom Hartmann watched being marched away from the approaching Allies. The subtitle of Hartmann’s work, ‘27 April 1945’, is clarified by an epigraph the composer (in his own words) positioned at the head of the score: ‘On the 27th and 28th of April 1945 trudged an endless stream of Dachau prisoners of war past us … unending was the misery … unending was the sorrow’. This is made explicit by the (central) Lento, a ‘Marcia funebre’ that ranks with Hartmann’s finest utterances; its sombre and fatalistic tread – shot through with fanfare-like elements – reaching an impassioned climax before regaining its mood of numbed sorrow. Esther Walker is pianist who combines “virtuoso fire and musical temperament” with “lyrical sensibility” in an almost ideal way.
48 kHz / 24-bit PCM – First Hand Records Studio Masters

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