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Monique Haas - Complete DG Recordings


Release Date: 08/08/2006 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 689502   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartFranz Joseph HaydnRobert SchumannFrédéric Chopin,   ... 
Performer:  Monique HaasHeinz SchröterMax Rostal
Conductor:  Ferdinand LeitnerEugen JochumFerenc FricsayHans Schmidt-Isserstedt,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraBerlin RIAS Symphony OrchestraNorth German Radio Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 8 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 9 Hours 33 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It may be rash to claim that the French pianist Monique Haas (1909-1987) never made a bad recording, but you won't find one among her complete DG sessions. Dating from the late 1940s up to 1965, the recordings have been transferred from scratch, and they sound remarkably well for their respective vintages. The repertoire is diverse and unhackneyed, ranging from Mozart piano duets (with Heinz Schröter) and K. 449 and K. 488 concertos, rare Haydn gems (the E-flat Arietta with Variations and the Fantasia in C major), and the Stravinsky Capriccio, to Hindemith's Concert Music for piano, brass and harps (with the composer conducting), and a substantial sonata by Marcel Mihalovici (the pianist's husband) featuring violinist Max Rostal. Read more />

Clear textures, pinpoint articulation, directness, and energy without excess are just a few of Haas' distinguishing traits, be it her vivacious Haydn F major (Hob XVI:23) and E-flat major (Hob XVI:52) sonatas, or her firmly etched Debussy Preludes and Etudes. Haas' 1954 Bartók Third Concerto with Ferenc Fricsay is in no way inferior to the conductor's better known stereo remake with Geza Anda, while David Hurwitz rightly praised her solo and concerted Ravel via an earlier DG Originals reissue. Yet the Schumann Concerto (a wonderful 1951 collaboration with Jochum and the Berlin Philharmonic) and Fantasiestücke demonstrate that Haas could broaden her tone and infuse subjective rhetoric when she put her mind to it.


For completeness' sake, DG even includes three 1949 "test" recordings containing Debussy's Etude pour les huit doigts, La fille aux cheveux de lin, and the Toccata from Pour le piano. Needless to say, Haas passed the audition! In short, this is one of the rare releases to offer both collector's cachet and unqualified listening pleasure.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 14 in E flat major, K 449 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Conductor:  Ferdinand Leitner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Sonata for Piano 4 hands in B flat major, K 358 (186c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773-1774; Salzburg, Austria 
3.
Sonata for Piano 4 hands in D major, K 381 (123a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Salzburg, Austria 
4.
Sonata for 2 Pianos in D major, K 448 (375a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano), Heinz Schröter (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Conductor:  Ferdinand Leitner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Sonata for Keyboard no 62 in E flat major, H 16 no 52 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794; London, England 
7.
Variations (12) for Harpsichord in E flat major, H 17 no 3 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1770-1774; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
8.
Sonata for Keyboard no 38 in F major, H 16 no 23 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
9.
Fantasia for Piano in C major, H 17 no 4 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
10.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
11.
Phantasiestücke (8) for Piano, Op. 12 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
12.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 5 in G flat major "Black Keys" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
13.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 3 in E major, B 74 "Tristesse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
14.
Préludes, Book 1 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
15.
Préludes, Book 2 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
16.
Etudes (12) for Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
17.
Valses nobles et sentimentales by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
18.
Le tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1917; orch. 191; France 
19.
Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928-1929; France 
20.
Concerto for Piano in G major by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Conductor:  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1931; France 
21.
Concerto for Piano no 3, Sz 119 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
22.
Suite for Piano "Pour le piano": no 3, Toccata by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896-1901; France 
23.
Préludes, Book 1: no 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
24.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Book 1: no 6, Pour les huits doigts by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
25.
Préludes, Book 2: no 12, Feux d'artifice by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
26.
Concerto for Piano in G major by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Conductor:  Paul Paray
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1931; France 
27.
Concerto for Piano left hand in D major by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Conductor:  Paul Paray
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1930; France 
28.
Sonatine for Piano by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1905; France 
29.
Konzertmusik for Piano, Brass and 2 Harps, Op. 49 by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Conductor:  Paul Hindemith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; Germany 
30.
Ricercari, Op.46 by Marcel Mihalovici
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France; Rumania 
31.
Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 49 by Albert Roussel
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; France 
32.
Sonatina for Piano, Sz 55 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Budapest, Hungary 
33.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano), Max Rostal (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1927; France 
34.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2, Op.45 by Marcel Mihalovici
Performer:  Monique Haas (Piano), Max Rostal (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France; Rumania 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No.14 in E flat, K.449: 1. Allegro vivace - Cadenza: Mozart
Piano Concerto No.14 in E flat, K.449: 2. Andantino
Piano Concerto No.14 in E flat, K.449: 3. Allegro ma non troppo
Sonata for Piano duet in B flat, K.358: 1. Allegro
Sonata for Piano duet in B flat, K.358: 2. Adagio
Sonata for Piano duet in B flat, K.358: 3. Molto presto
Sonata for Piano duet in D, K.381: 1. Allegro
Sonata for Piano duet in D, K.381: 2. Andante
Sonata for Piano duet in D, K.381: 3. Allegro molto
Sonata for 2 pianos in D, K.448: 1. Allegro con spirito
Sonata for 2 pianos in D, K.448: 2. Andante
Sonata for 2 pianos in D, K.448: 3. Allegro molto
Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488: 1. Allegro - Cadenza: Mozart
Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488: 2. Adagio
Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488: 3. Allegro assai
Piano Sonata in F major, Hob XVI:23: 1. Moderato
Piano Sonata in F major, Hob XVI:23: 2. Adagio
Piano Sonata in F major, Hob XVI:23: 3. Finale: Presto
Variations in E flat major, Hob.XVII:3
Piano Sonata in E flat, H.XVI No.52: 1. Allegro
Piano Sonata in E flat, H.XVI No.52: 2. Adagio
Piano Sonata in E flat, H.XVI No.52: 3. Finale (Presto)
Fantasia in C, H.XVII No.4

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Superb collection February 6, 2014 By Norma P. (Richardson, TX) See All My Reviews "I am delighted to own this wonderful collection of recordings by this excellent female pianist, and at such a great price. The collection exhibits an intriguing range of styles and periods, such as the Classical (Mozart, Haydn),the Romantic (Schumann and Chopin), and Modern (Debussy, Ravel, Bartok, and Stravinsky, as well as Mahalovici and Roussel). The choices of repertoire and the spectrum of musical styles they represented, and the fact that they were played by this distinguished artist, compelled me to acquire these works for my collection." Report Abuse
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