Hindemith, Paul – “Cello Concerto/Clarinet Concerto” – [Etcetera Records B.V.]
Please read the liner notes for this release, as they go into wonderful detail about the way the music is composed. They are an excellent accompaniment and guide for listening to this classical music that is not so much soothing as it is stimulating. It gets under your skin and makes you reevaluate your life. It nags you, in a good way. The Amsterdam label has made it possible for us to enjoy music composed by Hindemith and performed by the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. The first concerto highlights the cello, while the second, which was dedicated to Benny Goodman, features the clarinet. Goodman was the first to perform this piece with the Philadelphia Orchestra directed by Eugene Ormandy in 1950.