Werner Haas

Biography

Born: 1931; Stuttgart, Germany   Died: October 11, 1976; Nancy, France  
Werner Haas was a German pianist especially known for his interpretations of French repertory, particularly the works of Debussy and Ravel. But his performances of music by Chopin and Beethoven were also highly praised and his repertory was quite broad, extending to Prokofiev and Kabalevsky. He was better known in Europe than in the Americas, where he never concertized. His many admirers assert that had his life not been tragically cut short, he Read more would likely have achieved recognition as one of the finest pianists of his time.

Haas was born in Stuttgart on March 3, 1931. He exhibited unusual talent as a young child, though the pianist himself was reluctant to claim he was extraordinarily gifted. Still, he might have developed even sooner but for the exigencies brought on by the war in his homeland. He enrolled at the Stuttgart Academy of Music in 1947, where he took instruction on piano from Lilli Kröber-Asche, who was known for her Mozart interpretations. Shortly after leaving the Stuttgart Academy in 1954, he traveled to Saarbrücken for two years of study with Walter Gieseking, whose interest in the music of Debussy may well have steered Haas toward the French master's works. It was during this time that he launched his career with a critically well-received recital (1955) in his native Stuttgart. From 1956 on, Haas toured Europe and quickly developed a reputation for his Debussy interpretations. Following a 1958 Paris concert, Philips executive Igor Maslowski signed the pianist to a multi-year contract with his Dutch label. The partnership worked well for both, as evidenced by Haas' numerous discographic successes, including his Debussy complete works edition, which was awarded a Grand Prix du Disque in 1970, and his Ravel recordings, which given an Amsterdam Edison Prize also in 1970.

Though Haas began recording in the late '50s, most of his activity in the studio dates to the 1960s. His 1960 recording of Chopin Waltzes (14) garnered much critical acclaim, even in the United States where it received a rave review in the January 1961 issue of High Fidelity. On tour abroad, he generally drew favorable reviews as well, such as his November 1967 London recital at Wigmore Hall and his July 1970 Milan concert, to name but two. Haas was known to have a broad repertory, but beginning in the latter 1960s, he expanded it to include an even greater range, with works like Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No. 4. Later, he added that master's Sonata No. 2 to his repertory, as well as compositions by other Russian composers, including Kabalevsky and Stravinsky. By the mid-'70s, Haas' career was in full bloom, with appearances in some of the most prestigious concert halls in Europe and turning out recordings that routinely garnered critical acclaim. Like the American pianist William Kapell, however, his career ended abruptly and tragically: Haas was killed on October 11, 1976, in a accident near Nancy, France, when his automobile collided with a truck. Many of the pianist's recordings are still available via reissue, most on the Philips label. Read less
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  • 1.
    Gershwin: Porgy And Bess Suite, Cuban Overture, Etc
    Label: Philips Silverline Classics   Catalog: 432511 Release Date: 08/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Werner Haas
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart,  Eliahu Inbal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
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    Piano Greatest Hits
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000278002 Release Date: 07/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Gershwin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Wilhelm Kempff,  Werner Haas,  Jean-Yves Thibaudet  ... 
    Conductor:  András Schiff,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Uri Segal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Cleveland Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra
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    Trio - Tchaikovsky: Complete Concertos /Haas, Accardo, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 475256 Release Date: 03/09/2004   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Werner Haas,  Salvatore Accardo,  Maurice Gendron
    Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal,  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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    Gershwin - Greatest Hits
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000191902 Release Date: 02/10/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  André Previn,  Werner Haas
    Conductor:  John T. Williams,  André Previn,  Charles Dutoit,  Riccardo Chailly  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Masters Of The Keyboard / Argerich, Arrau, Richter, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000193202 Release Date: 02/10/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Arnold Schoenberg,  George Gershwin,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  Emil Gilels,  Mitsuko Uchida,  Werner Haas,  Zoltán Kocsis  ... 
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
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    Super Audio Cd Sampler - Rqr
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186044 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Gioachino Rossini,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Severino Gazzelloni,  Werner Haas,  Daniel Chorzempa,  Nicolai Gedda  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Eliahu Inbal,  Edo De Waart,  Josef Krips  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2, Etc / Haas, Inbal, Et Al
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186114 Release Date: 05/27/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Werner Haas
    Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Essential Gershwin - 20 Of His Greatest Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472780 Release Date: 02/11/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Barbara Hendricks,  Marielle Labèque,  Katia Labèque,  Patti Austin  ... 
    Conductor:  John Mauceri,  Arthur Fiedler,  Bernard Herrmann,  Riccardo Chailly  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Pops,  London Festival Orchestra Ensemble  ... 
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    The #1 Piano Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472589 Release Date: 11/12/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  George Gershwin,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  Olli Mustonen,  Werner Haas,  Martha Argerich,  Zoltán Kocsis  ... 
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    Romantic Piano Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470777 Release Date: 06/11/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé,  András Schiff,  Alfred Brendel,  Werner Haas  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  András Schiff,  Alceo Galliera,  Lorin Maazel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    Gershwin: Concerto In F, Etc / Haas, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 468136 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Werner Haas
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart,  Eliahu Inbal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
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    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Bernstein
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469139 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Gil Shaham,  André Previn,  David Finck,  Werner Haas  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Eliahu Inbal,  Edo De Waart,  André Previn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra,  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    The Book Lover's Companion - Bach, Beethoven, Brahms
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462773 Release Date: 09/01/1998   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda,  Heinz Holliger,  Arthur Grumiaux,  William Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart,  Sir Neville Marriner,  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  I Musici  ... 
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    Brahms For Book Lovers
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462561 Release Date: 06/09/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Herbert Stähr,  George Pieterson,  Hephzibah Menuhin,  György Sebok  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Octet members,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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    Brahms: Complete Quintets / Berlin Philharmonic Octet, Haas
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 446172 Release Date: 06/13/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Werner Haas,  Herbert Stähr
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Octet members
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    The Best Of Mendelssohn
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 442302 Release Date: 05/10/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Werner Haas,  Salvatore Accardo
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Charles Dutoit,  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Debussy: Complete Piano Music Vol 1 / Werner Haas
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 438718 Release Date: 01/18/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Werner Haas
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    Debussy: Complete Piano Music Vol 2 / Werner Haas, Noël Lee
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 438721 Release Date: 01/18/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Werner Haas,  Noel Lee
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    Ravel: Music For Piano Solo, Piano Concerti / Haas, Galliera
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 438353 Release Date: 10/12/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Werner Haas
    Conductor:  Alceo Galliera
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
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    The Best Of Tchaikovsky
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 438386 Release Date: 08/10/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Werner Haas,  Midori,  Henryk Szeryng
    Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal,  Leopold Stokowski,  Leonard Slatkin,  Pierre Monteux  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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Biography

Born: 1931; Stuttgart, Germany   Died: October 11, 1976; Nancy, France  
Werner Haas was a German pianist especially known for his interpretations of French repertory, particularly the works of Debussy and Ravel. But his performances of music by Chopin and Beethoven were also highly praised and his repertory was quite broad, extending to Prokofiev and Kabalevsky. He was better known in Europe than in the Americas, where he never concertized. His many admirers assert that had his life not been tragically cut short, he Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
2. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I
3. Allegro con fuoco
1. Andante
2. Finale (Allegro maestoso)
1. Allegro brillante
2. Andante non troppo
3. Allegro con fuoco
1. Quasi rondo (Andante mosso)
2. Contrastes (Andante cantabile)
1. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
2. Andante con moto e poco rubato
3. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
Gershwin: 3 Preludes for Piano Solo - 1. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
Gershwin: 3 Preludes for Piano Solo - 2. Andante con moto e poco rubato
Gershwin: 3 Preludes for Piano Solo - 3. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34 - 2. Andante, un poco adagio
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34 - 2. Andante, un poco adagio
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34 - 1. Allegro non troppo
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34 - 2. Andante, un poco adagio
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro)
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34 - 4. Finale (Poco sostenuto - Allegro non troppo)
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 - 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. Bruyères
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 à 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: Images - Book 1 - 1. Reflets dans l'eau
Debussy: Images - Book 1 - 2. Hommage à Rameau
Debussy: Images - Book 1 - 3. Mouvement
Debussy: Images - Book 2 - 1. Cloches à travers les feuilles
Debussy: Images - Book 2 - 2. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fût
Debussy: Images - Book 2 - 3. Poissons d'or
Debussy: Estampes - 1. Pagodes
Debussy: Estampes - 2. Soirée dans Grenade
Debussy: Estampes - 3. Jardins sous la pluie
Debussy: Children's Corner - 1. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
Debussy: Children's Corner - 2. Jimbo's Lullaby
Debussy: Children's Corner - 3. Serenade for the Doll
Debussy: Children's Corner - 4. The Snow is dancing
Debussy: Children's Corner - 5. The little Shepherd
Debussy: Children's Corner - 6. Golliwogg's Cakewalk
Debussy: Suite pour piano - 1. Prélude
Debussy: Suite pour piano - 2. Sarabande
Debussy: Suite pour piano - 3. Toccata
Debussy: Deux Arabesques - No. 1 Andante con moto
Debussy: Deux Arabesques - No. 2 Allegretto scherzande
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 1. Pour les "cinq doigts" (d'après 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 Arpèges composés
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 12. Pour les Accords
Debussy: Suite bergamasque - 1. Prélude
Debussy: Suite bergamasque - 2. Menuet
Debussy: Suite bergamasque - 3. Clair de lune
Debussy: Suite bergamasque - 4. Passepied
Debussy: En blanc et noir - for 2 pianos - 1. Avec emportement
Debussy: En blanc et noir - for 2 pianos - 2. Lent. Sombre
Debussy: En blanc et noir - for 2 pianos - 3. Scherzando
Debussy: Petite suite - for Piano Duet - 1. En bateau
Debussy: Petite suite - for Piano Duet - 2. Cortège
Debussy: Petite suite - for Piano Duet - 3. Menuet
Debussy: Petite suite - for Piano Duet - 4. Ballet
Debussy: 6 Épigraphes antiques - for Piano Duet - 1. Pour invoquer Pan, dieu du vent d'été
Debussy: 6 Épigraphes antiques - for Piano Duet - 2. Pour un tombeau sans nom
Debussy: 6 Épigraphes antiques - for Piano Duet - 3. Pour que la nuit soit propice
Debussy: 6 Épigraphes antiques - for Piano Duet - 4. Pour la danseuse aux crotales
Debussy: 6 Épigraphes antiques - for Piano Duet - 5. Pour l'Egyptienne
Debussy: 6 Épigraphes antiques - for Piano Duet - 6. Pour remercier la pluie au matin
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G - 1. Allegramente
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G - 2. Adagio assai
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G - 3. Presto
Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit - Ondine
Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit - Le gibet
Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit - Scarbo
Ravel: Miroirs - 1. Noctuelles
Ravel: Miroirs - 2. Oiseaux tristes
Ravel: Miroirs - 3. Une barque sur l'océan
Ravel: Miroirs - 4. Alborada del gracioso
Ravel: Miroirs - 5. La vallée des cloches
Ravel: Piano Concerto for the left hand in D - 1. Lento
Ravel: Piano Concerto for the left hand in D - 2. Allegro
Ravel: Piano Concerto for the left hand in D - 3. Tempo I
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
Ravel: Sonatine, M.40 - for Piano - 1. Modéré
Ravel: Sonatine, M.40 - for Piano - 2. Mouvement de menuet
Ravel: Sonatine, M.40 - for Piano - 3. Animé
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 In B Flat Minor, Op.23 - 1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 In B Flat Minor, Op.23 - 2. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 In B Flat Minor, Op.23 - 3. Allegro con fuoco