Recorded on 07/10/2007, uploaded on 01/26/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
Respected as one of the most distinguished
viola-players of his time, Hindemith devoted the earlier part of his career to
performance, first as a violinist and then as violist in the Amar-Hindemith
so-called Fantasy Sonata, Op. 11, No. 4 (named after the first movement) was
written at the beginning of 1919, in the midst of the nationalistic sound of a
World War now lost. The work, between
Romantic and Impressionist, has nothing of the anarchy of later times.
Hindemith gave the following advice to performers: 'The sonata must be played
without breaks between the movements, especially the second and third movements
should be so connected that the listener should not have the feeling of hearing
a finale, but the last movement must appear simply a continuation of the
variations'. Yura Lee
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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