Tabea Zimmermann


  • Complete Viola Works Volume 1

On this CD, violist Tabea Zimmermann commemorates the 50th anniversary of death of Paul Hindemith with the recording of his complete works for viola. Hindemith was a famous violist, himself, who premiered the viola concertos by Darius Milhaud and William Walton.

Tracks on this recording are:


  • Der Schwanendreher; concerto after old folk songs for viola & small orchestra
  • Trauermusik; for string orchestra with solo viola
  • Kammermusik No. 5 Op. 36 No. 4 Bratschenkonzert for solo viola & large chamber orchestra
  • Konzertmusik Op. 48a for solo viola and large chamber orchestra (early edition)

world premiere recording

Performed by Tabea Zimmermann (viola), with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, conducted by Hans Graf

The works recorded on this CD include the viola concerto ‘Der Schwanendreher’ that Hindemith composed at the time when he faced massive pressure by the Nazis, as well as the intimate and touching ‘Trauermusik’ (Music of Mourning), written for the funeral of King George V. Besides these celebrated works, the album also includes two lesser known concertos: the ‘Kammermusik No. 5’ and the early edition of the ‘Konzertmusik’ Op. 48a in its world premiere recording.

A second volume will include the sonatas for solo viola and for viola and piano and will be released as a double album in the Fall 2013.

Here are Tabea Zimmermann and Kirill Gerstein as they get ready to record “Sonatas for Viola and Piano”. Listen to this amazing collaboration in performing music! Very satisfying. Conversation is in German, with translations:



And next, here is Hindemith’s ‘Der Schwanendreher’ with Antoine Tamestit as viola soloist:



Finally, to repeat a great favorite of mine here is a wonderful, musical and fine interpretation of  ‘Marchesnbilder”, as performed by Ms. Zimmermann:

Robert Schumann’s ‘Marchenbilder’ (Fairy-tale pictures) Op 113:



Tags: Hindemith, Tabea Zimmermann, Brahms, Schumann

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