Hindemith: Complete Piano Concertos [Idil Biret, Yale Symphony Orchestra, Toshiyuki Shimada] [Naxos: 8573201-02]
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Hindemith wrote many varied pieces of music for piano with orchestral accompaniment. He intended his Theme with Four Variations (The Four Temperaments)
as an experimental ballet, and it was first performed in this way in 1946 with choreography by George Balanchine. The manuscript of the Piano Music with Orchestra
was found amongst pianist Paul Wittgenstein's papers after his wife's death in 2001. The Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
is astutely conceived, whilst the Concert Music for Piano, Brass and Two Harps
reveals Hindemith's constant search for varied sound colour in his instrumentation.