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Hindemith: String Quartets, Vol. 1

Hindemith: String Quartets, Vol. 1 by Amar Quartet
Released: May 2012
Label: Naxos
Hindemith liked fun, and this ensemble -- named after the composer's own -- is eager to show they get all the jokes. The opening and finale movements of the String Quartet No. 2 (the first piece here) have all the experimental jauntiness that Hindemith was cheerfully grafting on to the tonal tradition. The other piece -- the composer's third string quartet -- is a more serious item (especially in the middle movement), but the players deck it out with delight where appropriate. This first volume of a complete Hindemith string quartet cycle is a welcome announcement.
Seth Colter Walls
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