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Hindemith, P.: Piano Sonatas (1936)
Mikhail Krasnenker, Piano

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Total duration: 59:41
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Paul Hindemith, a prominent German composer and musician of the 20th century, made substantial contributions to the world of classical music with his diverse and innovative compositions. Among his vast body of work, three piano sonatas stand out as significant milestones, showcasing Hindemith's distinctive style and musical language.
Piano Sonata No. 1 in A Major, Op. 11 (1916): Written when Hindemith was just 21 years old, this sonata reflects the composer's early experimentation with tonality and form. Although influenced by the late-Romantic tradition, the work also hints at Hindemith's later departure from conventional tonality. The first sonata is characterized by its melodic richness, intricate counterpoint, and a harmonic language that foreshadows the composer's later exploration of dissonance.
Piano Sonata No. 2 in G Major (1936): In this period, Hindemith's compositional style underwent a significant shift towards a more neoclassical approach. The second piano sonata exemplifies this transformation, with clear influences from the Baroque era. The work is marked by its contrapuntal textures, rhythmic drive, and a balanced blend of lyricism and structural rigor. The neoclassical elements in this sonata demonstrate Hindemith's ability to adapt and evolve his musical language.
Piano Sonata No. 3 (1936): Composed in the same year as the second sonata, the third piano sonata is a testament to Hindemith's continued exploration of neoclassicism. The work is characterized by its thematic clarity, concise form, and a harmonic palette that combines traditional tonal elements with more adventurous dissonances. The third sonata is often regarded as a mature synthesis of Hindemith's evolving style, successfully integrating neoclassical elements with his unique harmonic language.
Hindemith's piano sonatas collectively showcase his artistic journey from the lush romanticism of his early compositions to the neoclassical experimentation of his later works. These pieces provide a window into the evolution of 20th-century classical music and the creative mind of one of its most influential figures.

Piano Sonatas (1936)
Mikhail Krasnenker, Piano

Prod. No.: 362 / 2023
Cat. No: OC23034B
UPC: 685071743638
No. Album(s): 1

Recorded @ Saletta acustica 'Eric James', Pove del Grappa, 2023

Sound engineer: Alessandro Simonetto
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Artwork: OnClassical

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Instrument(s) used: Steinway & Sohns D-274 piano, 'Audi-O'

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