Monique Haas

Biography

Born: October 20, 1909; Paris, France   Died: June 9, 1987; Paris, France  
Monique Haas is widely regarded as among the leading French pianists from the early and mid-twentieth century. She performed a broad repertory, from J.S. Bach, Haydn, and Mozart to Bartók, Prokofiev, and Messiaen. Not surprisingly, she played and recorded much French music, including the entire outputs of Debussy and Ravel. Her precise, elegant style fit well with Baroque, Classical, and modern music, leaving little wonder why, apart from a few Read more works by Schumann and Chopin, she avoided the Romantic school. Haas concertized widely and frequently, her tours covering most European countries, the United States, the former Soviet Union, Asia, and Australia. Much of her extensive discography is still available from several labels, including Deutsche Grammophon, BMG, Elektra, and Profil.

Monique Haas was born in Paris on October 20, 1909. Her first advanced studies were at the Paris Conservatoire, where her most important teachers were Joseph Morpain and Lazare-Levy. Haas won first prize in piano performance as a student there in 1927, and later took private lessons from Rudolf Serkin and Robert Casadesus.

Haas' husband was composer Marcel Mihalovici, who wrote many of his piano compositions for her, including sonatas and several works for piano and orchestra. She made notable recordings of his Op. 45 Sonata for Violin and Piano (No. 2) and his Op. 46 Ricercari. In the pre-war and wartime eras, Haas performed on occasion with some of the most prominent composers of the day, among them Poulenc, Stravinsky, Hindemith, and Enescu, who was a friend and mentor of Mihalovici.

In the postwar era, Haas concertized regularly throughout Europe and abroad and made numerous recordings, mostly for Deutsche Grammophon. Among her earlier efforts from this period was a memorable Ravel G major (1948), and a Stravinsky Capriccio (1950). She would record the Ravel again, just as memorably, in 1965, along with the Concerto for the Left Hand.

Haas remained active on the concert stage and in the recording studio even while she took up teaching (1967-1970) at the Paris Conservatoire and conducted master classes at the Salzburg Mozarteum.

In her last years, Haas was less active. Her husband died in 1985 and she died in Paris two years later, regarded as one of the most influential and highly praised pianists of her generation. In 2006 Deutsche Grammophon released an eight-disc set of Haas' complete recordings for the label, made between 1948 and 1965. Read less

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Biography

Born: October 20, 1909; Paris, France   Died: June 9, 1987; Paris, France  
Monique Haas is widely regarded as among the leading French pianists from the early and mid-twentieth century. She performed a broad repertory, from J.S. Bach, Haydn, and Mozart to Bartók, Prokofiev, and Messiaen. Not surprisingly, she played and recorded much French music, including the entire outputs of Debussy and Ravel. Her precise, elegant style fit well with Baroque, Classical, and modern music, leaving little wonder why, apart from a few Read more
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Mozart: Piano Concerto No.14 in E flat, K.449 - 1. Allegro vivace - Cadenza: Mozart
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.14 in E flat, K.449 - 2. Andantino
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.14 in E flat, K.449 - 3. Allegro ma non troppo
Mozart: Sonata for Piano duet in B flat, K.358 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Sonata for Piano duet in B flat, K.358 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Sonata for Piano duet in B flat, K.358 - 3. Molto presto
Mozart: Sonata for Piano duet in D, K.381 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Sonata for Piano duet in D, K.381 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Sonata for Piano duet in D, K.381 - 3. Allegro molto
Mozart: Sonata for 2 pianos in D, K.448 - 1. Allegro con spirito
Mozart: Sonata for 2 pianos in D, K.448 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Sonata for 2 pianos in D, K.448 - 3. Allegro molto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 1. Allegro - Cadenza: Mozart
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 3. Allegro assai
Haydn: Piano Sonata in F major, Hob XVI:23 - 1. Moderato
Haydn: Piano Sonata in F major, Hob XVI:23 - 2. Adagio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in F major, Hob XVI:23 - 3. Finale: Presto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E flat, H.XVI No.52 - 1. Allegro
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E flat, H.XVI No.52 - 2. Adagio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E flat, H.XVI No.52 - 3. Finale (Presto)
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54 - 1. Allegro affettuoso
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54 - 2. Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54 - 3. Allegro vivace
Schumann: 8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12 - 1. Des Abends
Schumann: 8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12 - 2. Aufschwung
Schumann: 8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12 - 3. Warum?
Schumann: 8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12 - 4. Grillen
Schumann: 8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12 - 5. In der Nacht
Schumann: 8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12 - 6. Fabel
Schumann: 8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12 - 7. Traumes-Wirren
Schumann: 8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12 - 8. Ende vom Lied
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 1. Danseuses de Delphes
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 2. Voiles
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 3. Le vent dans la plaine
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 4. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 5. Les collines d'Anacapri
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 6. Des pas sur la neige
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 7. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1, L. 117 - 8. La fille aux cheveux de lin
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 9. La sérénade interrompue
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 10. La cathédrale engloutie
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 11. La danse de Puck
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 12. Minstrels
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 1. Brouillards
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 2. Feuilles mortes
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 3. La puerta del vino
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 4. "Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses"
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 5. Bruyčres
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 6. "General Lavine" - eccentric
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 7. La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 8. Ondine
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 9. Hommage ŕ S. Pickwick, Esq., P.P.M.P.C.
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 10. Canope
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 11. Les tierces alternées
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 12. Feux d'artifice
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 1. Pour les "cinq doigts" (d'aprčs Monsieur Czerny)
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 2. Pour les Tierces
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 3. Pour les Quartes
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 4. Pour les Sixtes
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 5. Pour les Octaves
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 6. Pour les huit doigts
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 7. Pour les Degrés chromatiques
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 8. Pour les Agréments
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 9. Pour les Notes répétées
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 10. Pour les Sonorités opposées
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 11. Pour les Arpčges composés
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 12. Pour les Accords
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - 1. Modéré - trčs franc
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - 2. Assez lent - avec une expression intense
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - 3. Modéré
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - 4. Assez animé
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - 5. Presque lent - dans un sentiment intime
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - 6. Assez vif
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - 7. Moins vif
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - 8. Epilogue (Lent)
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin - 1. Prélude
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin - 2. Fugue
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin - 3. Forlane
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin - 4. Rigaudon
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin - 5. Menuet
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin - 6. Toccata
Stravinsky: Capriccio For Piano & Orchestra - 1. Presto
Stravinsky: Capriccio For Piano & Orchestra - 2. Andante Rapsodico
Stravinsky: Capriccio For Piano & Orchestra - 3. Allegro Capriccioso
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G - 1. Allegramente
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G - 2. Adagio assai
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G - 3. Presto
Bartók: Piano Concerto No.3, BB 127, Sz. 119 - 1. Allegretto
Bartók: Piano Concerto No.3, BB 127, Sz. 119 - 2. Adagio religioso
Bartók: Piano Concerto No.3, BB 127, Sz. 119 - 3. Allegro vivace
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G - 1. Allegramente
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G - 2. Adagio assai
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G - 3. Presto
Ravel: Sonatine - 1. Modéré
Ravel: Sonatine - 2. Mouvement de menuet
Ravel: Sonatine - 3. Animé
Hindemith: Konzertmusik für Klavier, Blechbläser und Harfen - 1. Ruhig gehende Viertel
Hindemith: Konzertmusik für Klavier, Blechbläser und Harfen - 2. Lebhaft
Hindemith: Konzertmusik für Klavier, Blechbläser und Harfen - 3. Sehr ruhig. Variationen [attacca]
Hindemith: Konzertmusik für Klavier, Blechbläser und Harfen - 4. Mäßig schnell, kraftvoll
Roussel: 3 pičces pour piano, Op.49 - 1. Allegro con brio
Roussel: 3 pičces pour piano, Op.49 - 2. Allegro grazioso
Roussel: 3 pičces pour piano, Op.49 - 3. Allegro con spirito
Bartók: Sonatine - 1. Allegretto - Allegro
Bartók: Sonatine - 2. Moderato
Bartók: Sonatine - 3. Allegro vivace
Ravel: Violin Sonata in G - 1. Allegretto
Ravel: Violin Sonata in G - 2. Blues (Moderato)
Ravel: Violin Sonata in G - 3. Perpetuum mobile (Allegro)
1. Ruhig gehende Viertel
2. Lebhaft
3. Sehr ruhig. Variationen [attacca]
4. Mäßig schnell, kraftvoll


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