Adolf Henselt

Biography

Born: May 9, 1814   Died: October 10, 1889; Warmbrunn, Silesia  
George Martin Adolf von Henselt was reportedly one of the most gifted virtuoso players of the early Romantic era. Held by Robert Schumann to be the equal of Hummel and Liszt, he composed of a few pieces, including two piano concertos and some chamber music that has become popular in recordings.

His teachers were Hummel in Weimar for piano and Sechter in Vienna for music theory. He apparently was a perfectionist, practicing ten hours a day
Read more and playing on a silent keyboard when he traveled. In 1836, at the age of 22, he undertook a concert tour. It is said that in an early performance he forgot his place in one of his own compositions and never forgot the humiliation he felt. Whether or not this was the reason, he was practically paralyzed by stage fright when in concert situations. However, he was able to play in smaller groups or before friends, although even that made him nervous. He was said to have a technique that reconciled elements from the schools of Hummel and Liszt. From Hummel, he got a seamless legato and from Liszt the power to make rich sonorities. When he visited London in 1867, he played a private performance at the Broadwood piano establishment.

After his first concert tour, he visited Russia. After a concert there, he was made court pianist, teacher to the imperial children, and later, musical inspector of the imperial girls' schools. He remained in those positions for the rest of his life, rarely appearing in public. His compositions show some lyrical gift, considerable craftsmanship, and not much originality. Along with the two concertos, he is known for a piano trio, a duo for piano and horn, and some salon pieces. He also produced a number of effective transcriptions. Read less
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  • 1.
    Romantic Piano Concertos
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95300 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Johann Baptist Cramer,  Carl Czerny,  Ferdinand Ries,  Muzio Clementi  ... 
    Performer:  Akiko Sagara,  Michael Ponti,  Maria Littauer,  Felicja Blumental  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Cao,  Paul Angerer,  Alois Springer,  Alberto Zedda  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra,  Southwest German Chamber Orchestra,  Hamburg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 2.
    Henselt: Piano Works
    Label: Grand Piano   Catalog: 661 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Adolf Henselt,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Carl Maria von Weber
    Performer:  Sergio Gallo
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    Rachmaninov: Complete RCA Recordings
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88843073922 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Fritz Kreisler,  Natalie Rachmaninov,  Nadezhda Plevitskaya
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski,  Eugene Ormandy,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 4.
    A Grand Romance / Biegel
    Label: Steinway & Sons   Catalog: 30017 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Moritz Moszkowski,  Eduard Schütt,  Adolf Henselt,  Ignace Jan Paderewski  ... 
    Performer:  Jeffrey Biegel
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  • 5.
    Invitation To The Waltz / Dubal, Waldoff
    Label: Arkiv   Catalog: 70003 Release Date: 12/04/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Erik Satie,  Alexander Glazunov  ... 
    Performer:  David Dubal,  Stanley Waldoff
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    Label: Andrew Kraus   Catalog: 5638022628 Release Date: 10/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isidor Phillip,  Herbert Farjeon,  David Saperton,  Leopold Godowsky  ... 
    Performer:  Andrew Kraus
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  • 7.
    The Complete Vladimir De Pachmann
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 54003 Release Date: 03/12/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Leopold Godowsky,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir de Pachmann
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  • 8.
    Henselt Piano Works
    Label: Propiano   Catalog: 224540 Release Date: 06/21/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Adolf Henselt
    Performer:  Esther Budiardjo
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  • 9.
    Schumann: Sammlung Von Musik-stucken Alter Und Neuer Zeit
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777595-2 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Adolf Henselt,  Ignaz Moscheles,  Wilhelm Heinrich Rieffel  ... 
    Performer:  Cord Garben,  Jan Kobow,  Klaus Sticken,  Veronika Winter  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Helbich
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  • 10.
    Rarities Of Piano Music At 'schloss Vor Husum' From The 1987 And 1988 Festival
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 299 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Adolf Henselt,  Moritz Moszkowski,  Frédéric Chopin,  Carl Tausig  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Ponti,  Boris Bloch,  Daniel Berman,  Rainer Maria Klaas  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Quatre Mains
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  • 11.
    If I Were A Bird - A Piano Aviary / Michael Lewin
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 92103 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Walter Niemann,  Adolf Henselt,  David Guion  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Lewin
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  • 12.
    Michael Zadora: The Complete Recordings, 1922-1938
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 6008 Release Date: 12/08/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Giovanni Sgambati,  Domenico Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Von Zadora
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  • 13.
    Berceuses / Alfonso Alberti
    Label: Concerto   Catalog: 2027 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Couperin,  Robert Schumann,  Adolf Henselt,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Alfonso Alberti
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    Godowsky Edition Vol 5 - Transcriptions, Etc / Carlo Grante
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1189 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Leopold Godowsky,  Benjamin Godard,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Carlo Grante
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  • 15.
    The Complete Leopold Godowsky Vol. 2
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 52051 Release Date: 01/12/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Camille Zeckwer,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Leopold Godowsky
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  • 16.
    Henselt: Etudes Op 2 & 5, Poeme D'amour / Piers Lane
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67495 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Adolf Henselt
    Performer:  Piers Lane
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  • 17.
    Henselt: Piano Music, Etc / Tanski, Schmid, Hagen, Levesque
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold   Catalog: 3121022 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Adolf Henselt
    Performer:  Vincent Levesque,  Claudius Tanski,  Benjamin Schmid,  Clemens Hagen
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  • 18.
    A Window In Time - Rachmaninoff Performs Bach, Chopin, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80491 Release Date: 03/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert,  Anton Rubinstein,  Ignace Jan Paderewski  ... 
    Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
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  • 19.
    Romantic Etudes For Piano / Michael Ponti, Mary Louise Boehm
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5151 Release Date: 03/12/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anton Rubinstein,  Charles Valentin Alkan,  Adolf Henselt,  Moritz Moszkowski  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Ponti,  Mary Louise Boehm
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  • 20.
    Berceuses, Lullabies, Wiegenlieder / Christian Spring
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 564 Release Date: 08/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Rolf Urs Ringger,  Martin Wendel,  Heitor Villa-Lobos  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Spring
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  • 21.
    The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 7 - Henselt, Alkan: Piano Concertos / Hamelin, Brabbins
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 66717 Release Date: 05/17/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Valentin Alkan,  Adolf Henselt
    Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin
    Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
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  • 22.
    The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 1 / Michael Ponti
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5064 Release Date: 11/04/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Frederic Kalkbrenner,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ferdinand Hiller  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Kann,  Michael Ponti,  Jerome Rose
    Conductor:  Heribert Beissel,  Pierre Cao,  Volke Schmidt-Gertenbach,  Othmar M. F. Mága
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg Symphony Orchestra,  Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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