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The idea of putting all of Hindemith’s works for piano and orchestra together as a concerto set is appealing (even though only one of the works is actually called a concerto). Idil Biret seems the perfect choice as soloist. She displays iron finger strength and yet is capable of mesmeric beauty in the slow movements; her Hindemith bows to no one. The accompaniment, however, is not always up to her standard. The slightly dry recording does show up every imperfection of ensemble. At their finest, though, the Yale/ Biret combination is unstoppable (try the spiky first movement of Chamber Music No 2). Although far from perfect, this twofer remains a notable bargain.

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