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  • Audio CD (December 16, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cala Records/Albany
  • ASIN: B000003WD7
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,918,829 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dance for Life, for violin & double bass: Andante con espressione
2. Dance for Life, for violin & double bass: Allegretto
3. Sonata for horn & piano in F major, Op. 17: Allegro moderato
4. Sonata for horn & piano in F major, Op. 17: Poco Adagio, quasi Andante
5. Sonata for horn & piano in F major, Op. 17: Rondo. Allegro moderato
6. Kol Nidrei, for cello & orchestra, Op. 47
7. Sonata for double bass & piano: Allegretto
8. Sonata for double bass & piano: Scherzo-Allegro assai
9. Sonata for double bass & piano: Molto adagio
10. Valse Miniature, for double-bass & piano, Op. 1/2
11. Meditation, for piano in D major, Op. 72/5
12. Trio élégiaque, for piano & strings in G minor, TN ii/34

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raygur on February 23, 2010
I notice my mean-spirited review has not followed the $30 new copy of this CD, so here it is again in 2010.

Link to performer listed below -Beethoven, Hindemith - Piano Sonatas - Yudina

One might think a series of CDs titled "New York Legends" would provoke a tad of discomfort on the part its performers. Suggesting, "I am a musical legend," even at the behest of a record label, is, at best, indelicate. Several members of the Philharmonic have succumbed.

From bassist Eugene Levinson's CD, I listened to Paul Hindemith's legendary Sonata (1949). Levinson pays due regard to Hindemith's legendary "Neo-classicism" and plays this piece as elevated "Gebrauchsmusik"--Translation: very clean and very dull.

The last movement is the heart of the work, a rare (for Hindemith) traditional theme and variations. It is as fine as anything the composer ever wrote. Here Mr. Levinson displays a confounding lack of musical imagination (artistry). The individual character of the variations faintly register, no unusual corners are investigated, no phrases enlighten, everything is very straight. Hindemith's very contemporary and beautiful musical language is glossed over--a very superficial performance.

"Neo-classicism" is not a prescription for performance--it is a hackneyed label for music students. Maria Yudina and Rodion Azarkhin recorded this work, and in their hands a small scale musical masterpiece emerges.
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