PAUL HINDEMITH (1895-1963): Der Dämon, Op. 28, Hérodiade for Reciter and Orchestra, Kammermusik No. 1 (with 1921 Finale), Op. 24/1, Kammermusik No. 2, Op. 36/1.
Catalogue Number: 07S054
Label: Hännsler Classic
Description: Two of Hindemith’s most rarely-heard works in a 1995 Schwetzingen Festival concert with the famous baritone conducting (an interesting sidelight is that this program had been planned by Sviatoslav Richter - all four works have a concertante piano part - as his final concert appearance but he was to ill to perform, the 24-year-old Henschel filled in and a private recital 49 days earlier in Lübeck thus became his final performance): a 34-minute “dance-pantomime” from 1922 in which the composer provided a dark, rhythmically driving, savage at times, neo-classical score for an Expressionist libretto; and a 21-minute work from 1944 for Martha Graham in which the French-language (but performed here in German translation) recitation is treated as a musical line in itself, Mallarmé’s Symbolist lines of poetry closely coordinated with the chamber orchestra and solo instruments. 2 CDs. No texts. Gisela Zoch-Westphal (recitation), Florian Henschel (piano), Ensemble VARIANTI; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.