Idil Biret (piano), Olivia Coates and Chelsea Lane (harp), Yale Symphony Orchestra, Toshiyuki Shimada (conductor)
Hindemith wrote much varied music for the 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 among 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.
Hindemith Theme with Four Variations (The Four Temperaments), Piano Music with Orchestra Op 29, Piano Concerto Concert Music Op 49, Chamber Music No 2 Op 36 No 1
Running time: 2 hr 16 min