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Scene Hauer: Zwölftonspiele / Ensemble Avantgarde


Release Date: 10/23/2001 
Label:  Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog #: 6131060   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Joseph Matthias Hauer
Performer:  Ivo BauerJosef ChristofSteffen SchleiermacherAndreas Seidel,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Avantgarde
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 49 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Only those familiar with the marginalia of 20th century music history might recognize the name Josef Hauer--he was an associate of Arnold Schoenberg, enjoying equal success until his career was cut short by the political turmoil of 1930s Germany. After the Third Reich declared Hauer's music to be decadent he retreated from public life and began to keep something of a musical journal consisting of tiny pieces, many of which were completed in a single morning. These Zwölftonspiele, as he called them, outline compositional games he would play with 12-tone rows, using complicated theories to connive his short-but-substantial opuses.


The pieces are single-focused and short--the longest on this disc clocks in at just
Read more under six minutes, while the shortest is 58 seconds. Unlike the compact and refined music of Webern, perhaps a model for Hauer's brevity, these are little obsessive miniatures, almost minimalist in their sense of development and drive. This composer does not shy away from blunt, grinding repetition, something that others in the Second Viennese School considered anathema. Compositional method aside, Hauer wrote good tunes and his work has a compelling and organic sense of harmony--if the title didn't say so, it would be difficult to discern this music as 12-tone.


The members of the Ensemble Avantgarde have no small hand in the extraordinary effect of this disc--they find the music in Hauer's games and play in a thoughtful, committed fashion. Especially effective are the five pieces for solo piano, the work for violin and harpsichord, and the string quartet, but this whole disc is worth listening to as a complete experience. It does not need to be swallowed as strong medicine, like much high modernism, but can be enjoyed as a collection of one composer's darker moments. The selections are intelligent and the ordering makes sense (apparently not many Zwölftonspiele have survived, so it is hard to say what sort of options the group had when planning the recording). For those who generally shy away from dodecaphonic music, fear not! This is a collection of varied and musical works by a too-neglected composer, one that can be enjoyed by more than just composers and scholars.
--Daniel Felsenfeld, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Zwölftonspiel (October 1957) by Joseph Matthias Hauer
Performer:  Ivo Bauer (Accordion), Josef Christof (Piano), Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano),
Andreas Seidel (Violin), Matthias Moosdorf (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Avantgarde
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; Austria 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
2.
Zwölftonspiel (26 August 1948) by Joseph Matthias Hauer
Performer:  Tilman Büning (Violin), Josef Christof (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Avantgarde
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Austria 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 0 Minutes 58 Secs. 
3.
Zwölftonspiel (1947) by Joseph Matthias Hauer
Performer:  Matthias Kreher (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Avantgarde
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; Austria 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
4.
Zwölftonspiel (24 December 1946) by Joseph Matthias Hauer
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Avantgarde
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; Austria 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
5.
Zwölftonspiel (11 June 1955) by Joseph Matthias Hauer
Performer:  Josef Christof (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Avantgarde
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; Austria 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
6.
Zwölftonspiel (2 September 1956) by Joseph Matthias Hauer
Performer:  Andreas Seidel (Violin), Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Avantgarde
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; Austria 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
7.
Zwölftonspiel (Weihnachten 1946) by Joseph Matthias Hauer
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Avantgarde
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; Austria 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
8.
Zwölftonspiel (January 1957) by Joseph Matthias Hauer
Performer:  Matthias Moosdorf (Cello), Tilman Büning (Violin), Andreas Seidel (Violin),
Ivo Bauer (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Avantgarde
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; Austria 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
9.
Zwölftonspiel (19 February 1953) by Joseph Matthias Hauer
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Avantgarde
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; Austria 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
10.
Zwölftonspiel (31 August 1948) by Joseph Matthias Hauer
Performer:  Josef Christof (Harpsichord), Ralf Mielke (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Avantgarde
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Austria 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 3 Secs. 
11.
Zwölftonspiel (July 1956) by Joseph Matthias Hauer
Performer:  Josef Christof (Piano), Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Avantgarde
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; Austria 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
12.
Zwölftonspiel (January 1958) by Joseph Matthias Hauer
Performer:  Andreas Seidel (Violin), Matthias Kreher (Bass Clarinet), Ivo Bauer (Viola),
Ralf Mielke (Flute), Tilman Büning (Violin), Matthias Moosdorf (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Avantgarde
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; Austria 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 43 Secs. 
13.
Zwölftonspiel (Neujahr 1947) by Joseph Matthias Hauer
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Avantgarde
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; Austria 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
14.
Zwölftonspiel (April 1957) by Joseph Matthias Hauer
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano), Josef Christof (Piano), Matthias Moosdorf (Cello),
Ivo Bauer (Viola), Tilman Büning (Violin), Andreas Seidel (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Avantgarde
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; Austria 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 
15.
Zwölftonspiel XXII (1946) by Joseph Matthias Hauer
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Avantgarde
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; Austria 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 

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