Paul Hindemith

Kammermusik IV - V - VI - VII

Stephen Waarts, violin
Timothy Ridout, viola
Ziyu Shen, viola d'amore
Christian Schmitt, organ
Kronberg Academy Soloists
Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor



Sleeve notes in English and German


September 2020

Catalogue No.:
ODE 1357-2


Track listing

CD 72:41
Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
Kammermusik Nr. 4, Op. 36 No. 3 (1925) ’Violin Concerto’ 19:36
1 1 I. Signal 1:24
2 2 II. Sehr lebhaft 5:47
3 3 III. Nachtstück 7:07
4 4 IV. Lebhafte Viertel 3:05
5 5 V. So schnell wie möglich 2:13
Kammermusik Nr. 5, Op. 36 No. 4 (1927) ’Viola Concerto’ 18:47
6 6 I. Schnelle Halbe 4:21
7 7 II. Langsam 7:59
8 8 III. Mässig schnell 3:22
9 9 IV. Variante eines Militärmarsches 3:05
Kammermusik Nr. 6, Op. 46 No. 1 (1927/29) ’Viola d’amore Concerto’ 17:37
10 10 I. Mässig schnell, majestätisch - Doppelt so schnell 3:54
11 11 II. Langsam 7:31
12 12 III. Variationen - Lebhaft 6:12
Kammermusik Nr. 7, Op. 46 No. 2 (1922) ‘Organ Concerto’ 16:31
13 13 I. Nicht zu schnell 3:26
14 14 II. Sehr langsam und ganz ruhig 6:31
15 15 III. [Tempo = 184] 6:34

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Complete description

Final volume of Paul Hindemith’s (1895–1963) youthful and fresh Kammermusik series from the 1920s includes Kammermusik Nos. 4–7 performed by Kronberg Academy Soloists and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra under a true Hindemith specialist, Christoph Eschenbach, who has won a Grammy for a previous Hindemith album on Ondine.


These four works by Hindemith can be considered as full-bodied concertos for violin, viola, viola d’amore and organ. These work feature four young talented soloists, Stephen Waarts, Rimothy Ridout, Ziyu Shen and Christian Schmitt. Hindemith’s Kammermusik No. 4 (‘Violin Concerto’) is scored for a larger orchestra than its three predecessors and includes 24 instrumentalists. Kammermusik No. 5 (‘Viola Concerto’) the composer premiered himself by playing the solo part. In total, Hindemith performed this work for 85 times during the next 11 years! In a letter, Hindemith described the viola d’amore as “the most beautiful thing that you can imagine in sound”. The composer fell in love with the instrument and wrote his Kammermusik No. 6 with this instrument in mind. Hindemith’s final Kammermusik (No. 7) was written to a commission by the Southwest German Radio: the premiere of this Organ Concerto was transmitted live in 1928. The radio broadcast had a decisive role in the composer’s choice of instrumentation.


The Kronberg Academy Soloists are outstanding young violinists, violists and cellists who are studying at the institution. Kronberg Academy is today considered one of the most important meeting and training places, and a wellspring of creativity for young string players, and now for young pianists as well. Major concert halls and event organizers regularly invite Kronberg Academy to give concerts in which its students perform together. These include London’s Wigmore Hall, the Louvre Auditorium in Paris, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin and  Suntory Hall in Tokyo.


Ever since its founding in 1987 by Leonard Bernstein, the international Orchestral Academy of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival has enjoyed a superb reputation worldwide. It forms the centrepiece of the educational work performed by one of the most important classical music festivals, held annually in the north of Germany. However, with the concerts of its Festival Orchestra it does not only delight audiences in Schleswig-Holstein, but also on concert tours to Europe’s musical centres, North and South America and Asia. Each year, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival assembles an international youth orchestra by vetting students from around the world. Auditions are offered each winter to more than 1500 young musicians. In other words, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra is comprised of the world’s finest young musicians. Since 2004 Christoph Eschenbach is Principal Conductor of the orchestra.


Christoph Eschenbach is a phenomenon amongst the top league of international conductors. Universally acclaimed as both a conductor and pianist, he belongs firmly to the German intellectual line of tradition, yet he combines this with a rare emotional intensity, producing performances revered by concert-goers worldwide. Renowned for the breadth of his repertoire and the depth of his interpretations, he has held directorships with many leading orchestras and gained the highest musical honours. He is also well-known as a tireless supporter of young talent – this is his greatest passion, and he values his contribution to mentoring up-and-coming talent over and above his own distinguished career. As Artistic Advisor and lecturer at the famous Kronberg Academy, he accompanies young violinists, cellists and violists on their way to become world class soloists. Since September 2019 he is Musical Director of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.