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Guy Rickards
Gramophone, July 2020

…Ondine’s bright, clear-set sound is a major factor in the music’s overall impact. This is nowhere more apparent than in Kammermusik No 1, taken at quite a lick, with spot-on precision of ensemble and intonation and a brilliant solo turn from pianist Xi Zhai. Full marks to the wind and percussion players of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra and the string soloists from the elite Kronberg Academy in producing practically ideal interpretations. If Vol 2 attains this level, this will be the Kammermusiken for the 2020s; and you get the wonderful wind quintet Kleine Kammermusik for good measure. © 2020 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Andreas Friesenhagen
Fono Forum, May 2020

Philippe is brilliant and so are his colleagues, skilfully conducted by Christoph Eschenbach. © 2020 Fono Forum




Gwyn Parry-Jones
MusicWeb International, May 2020

Hindemith’s scoring is simply superb; though fundamentally a string player, he himself could get music out of pretty well all orchestral instruments (he even played percussion in an army band during the war!), a range of skills that served him well when he wrote that series of sonatas for a wide range of solo instruments, with piano accompaniment. In this slow movement, his scoring is so economical, yet so telling too.

The young players of the Kronberg Academy give an excellent, disciplined performance…

…The fact that all the performances on this disc can be favourably compared with such elevated competition speaks volumes; under the benign and experienced guidance of Christoph Eschenbach, the largely young performers have produced something of the highest quality. I await Volume 2 with excitement. © 2020 MusicWeb International Read complete review




John Allison
BBC Music Magazine, May 2020

Each player is treated as a soloist in the first of these works, and the Kronberg musicians—based near Hindemith’s native Frankfurt—relish their opportunities. This music has been well recorded before, but the project (billed as Volume One, and thus promising a follow-up) looks to be as satisfying a set as any. © 2020 BBC Music Magazine



Kevin Filipski
The Flip Side, April 2020

Early in his career, German composer Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) wrote several concertos for soloists and orchestra under the rubric Kammermusiken. The four concertos collected on this superb recording, composed between 1921 and 1925, showcase Hindemith’s talent for balancing the virtuosic demands of the soloist parts and the orchestral underpinnings, notably on Kammermusik No. 1 & 2 (pianists) and No. 3 (cellist). With Christopher Eschenbach adroitly conducting small ensembles culled from the Kornberg Academy Soloists and Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, the first-rate solo performers are pianists Xi Zhai and Christopher Park and cellist Bruno Philippe. © 2020 The Flip Side



Robert Cummings
MusicWeb International, April 2020

…The ensemble members and soloists here deliver more than just professional work; indeed, their performances are excellent, subtly nuanced, spirited, full of colour, and Ondine has provided the artists with well balanced and vivid sound reproduction. Incidentally, Eschenbach has served as principal conductor of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra since 2004.

The Kammermusik No. 1 sparkles in this performance, all its humour and sass coming across in brilliant colours and with vivacious brio. I can’t imagine it being played significantly better…Christopher Park’s performance in No.2 is splendid, with judicious tempos, more than adequate technique and the interpretive acumen needed to bring off Hindemith’s often quirky expressive manner.  © 2020 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Pierre Jean Tribot
Crescendo (France), March 2020

These young people are amazing! Just listen to the quality of their musical collaboration and their technical assurance in the Kleine Kammermusik to be convinced! © 2020 Crescendo (France)




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, March 2020

It is not the first time that Christoph Eschenbach has successfully championed Paul Hindemith, and this new recording is extremely exciting too, highlighting Hindemith’s many ideas and sound fantasy. Stirring virtuosity, finely worked out melodic lines, expressive outbursts: Eschenbach allows music to be played in a lively, accentuated manner and with the greatest intensity. © 2020 Pizzicato Read complete review



Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, February 2020

…Eschenbach conducts in a smooth style, almost “floating” the music, but not with any noticeable tempo modifications. This does not harm the music any, but provides an effective contrast to the livelier sections.

This disc, then, is delightful throughout. I can’t wait to hear the next release in this series! © 2020 The Art Music Lounge Read complete review





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