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    Wonderful work for organ and chamber orchestra

    I've been blissfully reaquainting myself with Paul Hindemith's music, in particular his three organ sonatas (which I quite like) and his fantastic "Chamber Music" for Organ and Chamber orchestra, wonderful music, anyone played this work?

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    Wonderful work for organ and chamber orchestra

    Hi Contratrombone 64,

    Being new to these Forums, I've only just read your message here.
    I do not know this piece for organ and chamber orchestra, but I like the three organ sonatas all of which I have on record. I have a score of No. 2 and have done some work on it although I have never performed it.
    I wonder if you are familiar with Hindemith's Concerto for Organ and Orchestra,his last orchestral work commissioned by the New York Philharmonic Society and premiered in 1962?
    This is a difficult but powerful work and is well worth listening to and studying.

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    I don't know his organ concerto, I must try and find the CD, thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Contratrombone64 View Post
    I've been blissfully reaquainting myself with Paul Hindemith's music, in particular his three organ sonatas (which I quite like) and his fantastic "Chamber Music" for Organ and Chamber orchestra, wonderful music, anyone played this work?
    That is indeed lovely - I have played the first movement of the second sonata, am looking very much foward to playing the third sometime, but I haven't played the chamber music yet. Which recording(s) do you own of these magnificent works?

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    It's a dutch group, Amsterdam chamber orchestra, from memory.
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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    I've performed 2 of the 3 sonatas and I did actually learn the Concerto but by the time I'd practically had it to the playable stage, the (student) conductor informed me that he'd been unable to get the orchestra together as previously promised

    Most Hindemith for me goes in the "challenging but rewarding" category.
    Music is made to transform the states of the soul, for an hour or an instant (J. Alain)

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    I don't know his organ concerto, I must try and find the CD, thanks.
    Contratrombone 64,

    The recording I have is on the 'apex' label.
    The Concerto is played by Anthon Heiller and the ORF-Symphonieorchester conducted by Milan Horvat. The disc also contains all three sonatas played by Elisabeth Ullmann at the Flentrop Organ of the Brucknerhaus, Linz.

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