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Wolf Harden

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Born: 1962; Hamburg, Germany  
German pianist Wolf Harden is one of those ubiquitous musicians who appears on numerous recordings either as a recitalist or a chamber music player. He has regularly performed as a member of the Trio Fontenay since 1980, and with this ensemble has made many concert appearances and recordings. While a significant portion of Harden's broad repertory, at least on recordings, has been in lesser-known fare, he has appeared in numerous major projects Read more on CD: three volumes of J.S. Bach Partitas, chamber music of Mozart (sonatas for piano and violin), and trios by Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Dvorák, Fauré, Debussy, Ives, and others. Despite Harden's considerable work in mainstream repertory, it may well be that his most important contribution thus far has been his championing of the solo piano music of Busoni, Dohnányi, Lehár, and other neglected composers or composers not usually associated with piano music. Harden has recorded for a variety of labels, including Naxos, Philips, CPO, EMI, Denon, and Teldec.

Wolf Harden was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1962. His first teacher was his father, a pianist, musicologist, and piano teacher. Harden was trained at the Detmold Music Academy, but by age 18 was already active as a performer, appearing regularly with the Trio Fontenay, which he co-founded in 1980. From that year through the first decade of the new century Harden has appeared with the group in Europe, the Americas, and Asia.

Harden also managed to develop a successful career as a solo artist. In 1982 he debuted in Berlin with great success, and the following year made his first recording, the Liszt Dante Sonata. Numerous successful recordings would soon follow, both as recitalist (Schumann's Humoreske for Naxos in 1985) and as pianist with Trio Fontenay (the complete Brahms and Dvorák trios for Teldec from 1987-1990).

In the 1995-1996 season he and the Fontenay players performed the complete Beethoven piano trios in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, and Cologne. Despite this kind of activity, Harden was able to successfully balance his dual careers, often carrying a heavy schedule of concerts as a recitalist/soloist, as well.

By 2007 Harden's discography had run to well over 50 discs and included such disparate repertory as Pfitzner's Piano Concerto (Naxos; 1992), Beethoven's Folksong Arrangements with the Trio Fontenay (Polygram Records; 1998), and Volume 3 of the complete piano music of Ferruccio Busoni (Naxos; 2007). Read less
Busoni: Piano Music Vol 1 / Wolf Harden
Release Date: 05/15/2001   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8555034   Number of Discs: 1
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Busoni: Piano Music Vol 2 / Wolf Harden
Release Date: 11/20/2001   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8555699   Number of Discs: 1
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Romantic Violin Favourites / Takako Nishizaki, Wolf Harden
Release Date: 06/25/1993   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550125   Number of Discs: 1
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Busoni: Piano Music Vol 3 / Wolf Harden
Release Date: 01/30/2007   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570249   Number of Discs: 1
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Busoni: Piano Music Vol 4 / Wolf Harden
Release Date: 08/26/2008   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570543   Number of Discs: 1
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    Busoni: Piano Music Vol 8 / Wolf Harden
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572845 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferruccio Busoni
    Performer:  Wolf Harden
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    A Musical Journey - Germany - Nuremberg
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110307 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Wolf Harden
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    Best Of Symphonic Lehar
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777639 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Lehár
    Performer:  Volker Worlitzsch,  Robert Gambill,  Volker Banfield,  Latica Honda-Rosenberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Michail Jurowski,  Klauspeter Seibel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra Hannover
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    Busoni: Piano Music, Vol. 7 / Wolf Harden
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572422 Release Date: 12/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferruccio Busoni,  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Wolf Harden
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    Easy Listening Piano Classics: Bach
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578087-89 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Wolfgang Rübsam,  János Sebestyén,  Wolf Harden  ... 
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    Busoni: Piano Music Vol 6 / Wolf Harden
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572077 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferruccio Busoni,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Wolf Harden
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    Busoni: Piano Music Vol 5 / Wolf Harden
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570891 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferruccio Busoni,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Wolf Harden
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    Busoni: Piano Music Vol 4 / Wolf Harden
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570543 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferruccio Busoni,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Wolf Harden
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    Naxos 20th Anniversary Concert - Virtuoso Music Of The 19th Century
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110227 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pablo de Sarasate,  Ferruccio Busoni,  Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Markus Hadulla,  Tianwa Yang,  Wolf Harden,  Konstantin Scherbakov  ... 
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    Busoni: Piano Music Vol 3 / Wolf Harden
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570249 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferruccio Busoni,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Wolf Harden
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    Reger: Bach Variations;  Schumann: Humoresque / Wolf Harden
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 8220408 Release Date: 10/19/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Reger,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Wolf Harden
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    Busoni: Piano Music Vol 2 / Wolf Harden
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555699 Release Date: 11/20/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ferruccio Busoni
    Performer:  Wolf Harden
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    Night Music 10 - Classical Favourites For Relaxing
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556610 Release Date: 09/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Gabriel Fauré,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Irina Zaritskaya,  Jénö Jandó,  Wolf Harden,  Takako Nishizaki  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Kopelman,  Keith Clark,  Ondrej Lenárd,  András Ligeti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Kodály String Quartet,  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Night Music 4 - Classical Favourites For Relaxing
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556604 Release Date: 09/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Balázs Szokolay,  Alexander Jablokov,  Jana Novakova,  Gabriela Krcková  ... 
    Conductor:  Kenneth Schermerhorn,  Bohdan Warchal,  Ondrej Lenárd,  Oliver Dohnányi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Symphony Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana,  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Night Music 6 - Classical Favourites For Relaxing
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556606 Release Date: 09/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  George Frideric Handel,  Anatole Liadov  ... 
    Performer:  István Székely,  Jénö Jandó,  Jozef Luptácik,  Wolf Harden  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaroslav Dvorák,  Gyula Németh,  Josef Kopelman,  Stephen Gunzenhauser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Budapest Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Night Music 8 - Classical Favourites For Relaxing
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556608 Release Date: 09/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Wolf Harden,  Takako Nishizaki,  Alexander Jablokov,  Quido Hölbling  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Edlinger,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Barry Wordsworth,  István Bogár  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet,  Capella Istropolitana,  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Busoni: Piano Music Vol 1 / Wolf Harden
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555034 Release Date: 05/15/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ferruccio Busoni
    Performer:  Wolf Harden
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    The Best Of Rimsky-korsakov
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556674 Release Date: 06/22/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  David Nolan,  Wolf Harden,  Takako Nishizaki
    Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz,  Donald Johanos,  Anthony Bramall,  Andrei Anikhanov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava,  St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Strengthen The Mind - Music For Intelligence & Learning
    Label: Spring Hill Music   Catalog: 6501 Release Date: 04/28/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  János Sebestyén,  Wolf Harden,  Takako Nishizaki,  Malcolm Bilson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Northern Chamber Orchestra,  Old Fairfield Academy Orchestra
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    Dohnanyi: Rhapsodies, Ruralia Hungarica / Wolf Harden
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 223128 Release Date: 07/14/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernö von Dohnányi
    Performer:  Wolf Harden
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  • 21.
    Mozart: Violin Sonatas K 296, 376 & 378 / Nishizaki, Harden
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 550065 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Wolf Harden,  Takako Nishizaki
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    Schumann: Humoreske;  Reger: Variations / Wolf Harden
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 550469 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Reger,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Wolf Harden
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    Romantic Violin Favourites / Takako Nishizaki, Wolf Harden
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550125 Release Date: 06/25/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Georges Bizet,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Wolf Harden
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  • 24.
    Pfitzner: Piano Concerto, Etc / Harden, Beissel, Slovak Rso
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 223162 Release Date: 12/17/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Pfitzner
    Performer:  Wolf Harden
    Conductor:  Heribert Beissel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Ravel, Debussy, Fauré: Piano Trios / Trio Fontenay
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 44937 Release Date: 07/07/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Niklas Schmidt,  Michael Mücke,  Wolf Harden
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fontenay Trio
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