Violinkonzert - Symphonic Metamorphosis - Konzertmusik op. 50
Midori (violin), NDR Sinfonieorchester, Christoph Eschenbach
Ondine ODE 1214-2 (2013)
This recording of well-known works of Hindemith is impressive for its clear presentation of forms and the brilliant orchestral sound of the NDR Sinfonieorchester, which is especially fascinating in the Konzertmusik with its contrasting of brass and strings. One rarely hears this piece in such a perfectly balanced brass sound. With a tender sound and perfect intonation, Midori interprets Hindemith's Violin Concerto as a dialogue between conversation partners who are concerned to demonstrate accordance and tolerance. The spherical sound in the slow movement of the Concerto has an entrancing effect before the background of muted strings parts. With great sensitivity, Midori presents the lyrical secondary theme in the third movement, impressively contrasting it with the orchestra, emerging with great verve. The interpretation of the richly facetted cadenza reveals itself to be a masterly achievement. With extraordinary subtlety, Eschenbach allows the individual instruments in the Metamorphosis to come to the fore. With meticulous differentiation, he knows how to form a great arc of tension and to grasp the piece as a Metamorphosis. This technically exemplary recording can be very warm recommended!
Interview with Christoph Eschenbach