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Hindemith: Suite '1922'; Ludus tonalis

John McCabe (piano)

Helios: CDH55413

Helios bargain re-releases are always carefully selected, and it is good to have composer/pianist John McCabe's reliable account of Hindemith's important response to Bach's 48 back in the catalogue. It is all too rarely heard.

No skimping; the booklet (black print on glossy white paper - rarer with younger trendy editors !) has excellent notes by Robert Matthew-Walker, illustrations by the composer and McCabe also gives us the jazzy Suite '1922' (recently reviewed in a new recording by Gourari).

But for readers who like to listen on their computers, there is Richter's authorative recording to be found on YouTube:

Astonishing how different this piece sounds filtered through the sensibilities (and fingers) of various pianists (Richter 1985)

Peter Grahame Woolf

See also CD reviewing - 3 from Hyperion