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Red Elisabeth Riverbank, Berlin (1912) by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938)
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen , Alte Pinakotek, Munich / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67977
Recording details: March 2013
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Jeremy Hayes
Engineered by Ben Connellan
Release date: November 2013
Total duration: 8 minutes 34 seconds

1936; discarded, at the suggestion of Walter Gieseking, second movement from Piano Sonata No 1 in A major

Variations  [8'34]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
When Sonata No 1 was first completed, it had a different second movement, entitled Variations (‘Variationen’). But Walter Gieseking, who was scheduled to give the premiere in late 1936, requested that Hindemith should write something different, and the composer obliged with the slow march which now stands in its place. The variations remained unpublished until after Hindemith’s death. This too has a slow march subject (different from that in the replacement movement). The variations cover a wide gamut of expression, including a beautiful extended arioso variation characterized by the use of trills, but some of them are more dissonant and angular than the rest of the writing in the piano sonata, and the ending is stark and grim.

from notes by Malcolm MacDonald © 2013

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