Johann Adolf Hasse

Biography

Born: March 25, 1699; Bergedorf, Germany   Died: December 16, 1783; Venice, Italy  
Though today almost completely eclipsed by his contemporary George Frideric Handel, in his day Johann Adolf Hasse was revered as one of the most successful opera composers in either Italy or the provinces of Germany. The grandson of a German burgomeister, Hasse studied in Hamburg and began an operatic career at an early age. His rich tenor voice earned him a position serving the court of Brunswick, and he produced his first opera there at the age Read more of 21 (Antioco, 1721). The same year he began a tour of Italy, including Venice, Bologna, Florence, and Rome. He settled for at least six years in Naples, where he studied composition with Alessandro Scarlatti and churned out several more operas. In 1730, Hasse was in Venice, writing his first opera (Artaserse) in collaboration with the greatest Italian dramatist of the century, Pietro Metastasio, who would later provide Mozart with several libretti. In the same momentous year, Hasse married a celebrated Italian soprano, and accepted a position as chapelmaster for Dresden.

The following years found Hasse dividing his time between Venice, Dresden, and the Hapsburg capital of Vienna. J.S. Bach and his son heard Hasse's first Dresden opera Cleofide of 1731, while his wife sang his works for the royalties of Vienna, Saxony, and Holstein. His sacred music began to appear in Venice. Though his time was divided between Dresden and the Italian courts, he gave his German patrons large numbers of opera seria and oratorios during each stay. The 1740s proved a pivotal decade in Hasse' growing relationship with Metastasio; by 1761 Hasse had composed operas on all but one of the poet's lifelong output of libretti. Hasse also deepened his ties with Prussian ruler Frederick the Great, himself an amateur musician. Hasse's operas and oratorios filled the theaters of Dresden, Naples, Venice, Vienna, and even Warsaw, while his cantatas thrilled the Hapsburg court and his later flute music invaded Berlin. Yet the prolific composer had long suffered from attacks of gout. By 1772 or 1773 he, his wife Faustina, and their two daughters retired to a home in Venice. The Italians welcomed him; he continued to compose, especially sacred music, and to revise earlier compositions. But Faustina died late in 1781, and Il caro Sassone finally followed her two years later. Read less
Hasse: Didone Abbandonata / Hofstetter, Hofkapelle Munchen
Release Date: 02/26/2013   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8660323   Number of Discs: 3
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    Serpent & Fire / Prohaska, Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 250 Release Date: 09/30/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Christoph Graupner,  Antonio Sartorio,  Matthew Locke  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Prohaska
    Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
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    Baroque Passions / Schwanda, Lohr
    Label: Rondeau Productions   Catalog: 6107 Release Date: 08/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Gottlieb Goldberg,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwanda,  Bernward Lohr
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  • 3.
    Cantata per flauto / Debus
    Label: Tyxart   Catalog: 15060 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Calliope Tsoupaki,  Jacob van Eyck,  Domenico Sarro  ... 
    Performer:  Tabea Debus,  Johannes Lang,  Kohei Ota,  Johanna Brückner  ... 
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    Hasse, C.P.E. Bach, Hertel: Cello Concertos / Rudin, Musica Viva
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 813 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Johann Wilhelm Hertel,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Alexander Rudin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Viva
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    BacHasse: Opposites Attract / Schachtner, Temmingh
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 24315 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Stefan Temmingh,  Wiebke Weidanz,  Benno Schachtner,  Domen Marincic
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gentleman's Band
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    Hasse: Complete Solo Cantatas, Vol. 1 / Hof-Musici
    Label: Toccata Classics   Catalog: 228 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Adolf Hasse
    Performer:  Jana Dvořáková,  Veronika Mráčková Fučíková
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hof-Musici
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    Arias for Domenico Annibali / Ferri-Benedetti, Il Basilico
    Label: Pan Classics   Catalog: 10341 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Alberto Ristori,  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Nicolo Porpora,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Flavio Ferri-Benedetti,  Carla Nahadi Babelegoto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Basilico
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    Hasse: Artaserse / Giustiniani, Rovaris
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 37715 Release Date: 02/26/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Adolf Hasse
    Performer:  Antonio Giovannini,  Rosa Bove,  Maria Grazia Schiavo,  Franco Fagioli  ... 
    Conductor:  Corrado Rovaris
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Barocco Of The Orchestra Internazionale D'italia
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    Hasse: Artaserse / Giustiniani, Rovaris
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 7715 Release Date: 02/26/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Adolf Hasse
    Performer:  Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani,  Sonia Prina,  Franco Fagioli,  Maria Grazia Schiavo  ... 
    Conductor:  Corrado Rovaris
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Barocco Of The Orchestra Internazionale D'italia
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    Composed to the Soul / Mields, Eckert, Hamburger Ratsmusik
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777911 Release Date: 02/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karl Friedrich Abel,  Johann Adolf Hasse
    Performer:  Dorothee Mields,  Simone Eckert,  Michael Fuerst
    Conductor:  Simone Eckert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
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  • 11.
    Valer Sabadus: The Oehms Classics Recordings
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 11 Release Date: 02/12/2016   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Henry Purcell,  Anthony Poole,  Nicola Matteis  ... 
    Performer:  Valer Sabadus,  Pavel Serbin,  Olga Watts,  Axel Wolf  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Court Orchestra,  Neumeyer Consort,  Mainz Ensemble Barock Vokal  ... 
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  • 12.
    Die Ludwig Guttler Edition / Virtuosi Saxoniae, Guttler
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300705 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Jan Dismas Zelenka,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Johann David Heinichen  ... 
    Performer:  Egbert Junghanns,  Dagmar Schellenberger,  Axel Köhler,  Friedrich Kircheis  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Thüringen Academy Choir,  Vienna Concentus Vocalis  ... 
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    Baroque Divas
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002415802 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Bononcini,  Antonio Caldara,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Johann Adolf Hasse  ... 
    Performer:  Mary-Ellen Nesi,  Romina Basso,  Vivica Genaux,  Sonia Prina
    Conductor:  George Petrou
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonia Atenea
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    Baroque, Classical and Modern Arias & Scenes for Countertenor / Bejun Mehta
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908736 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Tommaso Traetta,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Johann Christian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Bejun Mehta,  Rosemary Joshua,  Julius Drake
    Conductor:  René Jacobs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
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  • 15.
    Vivica Genaux - Arias
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 552542 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Vivica Genaux
    Conductor:  Bernard Labadie,  John Nelson,  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy,  Paris Orchestral Ensemble,  Europa Galante
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    The 5 Countertenors
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002295102 Release Date: 05/04/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Niccolň Jommelli,  Nicolo Porpora,  Baldassare Galuppi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Valer [Countertenor Vocal] Sabadus,  Xavier Sabata,  Max Emanuel [Countertenor Vocal] Cencic,  Yuriy [Countertenor Vocal] Mynenko  ... 
    Conductor:  George Petrou
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonia Atenea
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    La Dresda Galante
    Label: Klanglogo   Catalog: 1508 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Wilhelm F. Bach,  Giovanni Alberto Ristori  ... 
    Performer:  Jermaine [Liner Note Translation] Sprosse,  Renate Steinmann,  Miriam Feuersinger
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    Venetian Christmas / Gester, Arte Dei Suonatori
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2089 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Fulgenso Perotti,  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Giuseppe Torelli
    Performer:  Ewa Golinska,  Ruby Hughes,  Komale Akakpo
    Conductor:  Martin Gester
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arte Dei Suonatori
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  • 19.
    Hasse: Siroe, Re di Persia / Cencic, Lezhneva, Petrou
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002207402 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Adolf Hasse,  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Lauren Snouffer,  Franco Fagioli,  Mary-Ellen Nesi,  Max Emanuel Cencic  ... 
    Conductor:  George Petrou
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonia Atenea
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  • 20.
    James Galway - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 302633 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 73
    Composer:  Arthur Smith,  Various,  Traditional,  Stan Lebowsky  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Sylvia,  Marisa Robles,  Phillip Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  Eduardo Mata  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Galway Pops Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    Hasse: Bella Mi Parto, Etc / Wessel, Musica Alta Ripa
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold   Catalog: 3090944 Release Date: 06/24/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Adolf Hasse
    Performer:  Ursula Bundies,  Juris Teichmanis,  Ulrich Wedemeier,  Anne Röhrig  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Alta Ripa
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  • 22.
    El Maestro Farinelli / Pablo Heras-Casado
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 002037102 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicola Conforto,  José Nebra,  Nicolo Porpora,  Johann Adolf Hasse  ... 
    Performer:  Bejun [Countertenor Vocal] Mehta
    Conductor:  Pablo Heras-Casado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
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  • 23.
    La Prima Diva - Arie Per Faustina Bordoni / Agata Bienkowska
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 670003 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Sarro,  Pietro Torri,  Giovanni Bononcini,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Ira Hochman,  Agata Bienkowska
    Conductor:  Ira Hochman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barockwerk Hamburg
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  • 24.
    Gloria Dresdensis
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777782 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppi Antonio Brescian,  Johann Georg Pisendel,  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Johann Friedrich Fasch  ... 
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  • 25.
    Rokoko - Hasse Opera Arias / Max Emmanuel Cencic
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002001602 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Adolf Hasse
    Performer:  Max Emanuel Cencic,  Theorodos Kitsos
    Conductor:  George Petrou
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonia Atenea
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