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: Antonio e Cleopatra / Ars Lyrica Houston
Release Date: 08/31/2010   Label: Sono Luminus  
Catalog: 92115   Number of Discs: 2
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A. Scarlatti, D. Scarlatti, Hasse: Cantatas, Motets
Release Date: 01/11/2011   Label: Helios  
Catalog: 55354   Number of Discs: 1
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Hasse: Cleofide
Release Date: 03/29/2011   Label: Capriccio Records  
Catalog: 7080   Number of Discs: 4
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    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  ... 
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Rokoko - Hasse Opera Arias / Max Emmanuel Cencic
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002001602 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Adolf Hasse
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    Che Puro Ciel / Bejun Mehta, Rene Jacobs, Akademie Fur Alte Musik Berlin
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902172 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tommaso Traetta,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Johann Christian Bach  ... 
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    Conductor:  René Jacobs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
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    Ludwig Guttler: Die Jubilaums-edition
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300549 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Neruda,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Johann Mathias Sperger  ... 
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    Arias For Caffarelli / Franco Fagioli
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5333 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Leonardo Vinci,  Leonardo Leo,  Nicolo Porpora  ... 
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    Music of Old Cities & Royal Courts
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 283312 Release Date: 05/21/2013   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Gregor Joseph Werner,  Frederick the Great  ... 
    Performer:  Tivadar Bantay,  Christa Richter-Steiner,  Theo Altmeyer,  Lisa Otto  ... 
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    Hasse: Didone Abbandonata / Hofstetter, Hofkapelle Munchen
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8660323 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Adolf Hasse
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    Drama Queens / Joyce DiDonato
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2654 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Maria Orlandini,  Giovanni Porta,  George Frideric Handel,  Reinhard Keiser  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Complesso Barocco
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    Arie Antiche / Alfredo Kraus, Jose Tordesillas
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5102 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Tommaso Giordani,  Vincenzo Ciampi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
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    Dramma / Simone Kermes, La Magnifica Comunita
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 96396 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
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    Arias For Guadagni / Iestyn Davies, Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67924 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
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    L'Olimpiade - The Opera / Basso, Gauvin, Chryssicos, Venice Baroque Orchestra
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5295 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leonardo Leo,  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Baldassare Galuppi,  Giuseppe Sarti  ... 
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    Hasse: Mass In D; Miserere In C / Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 5125 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Adolf Hasse
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    Hasse Re-loaded / Valer Barna-Sabadus
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 830 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Adolf Hasse
    Performer:  Valer Barna-Sabadus
    Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Court Orchestra
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    Lamenti / Stefanie Iranyi, Michael Hofstetter, Hofkapelle Munchen
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 811 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Stefanie Irányi
    Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Court Orchestra
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    Hohepunkte Der Chormusik
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300227 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Heinrich Isaac,  Pierre de La Rue,  Josquin Des Préz,  Antoine de Févin  ... 
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    Hasse: Cleofide
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 7080 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Adolf Hasse
    Performer:  Derek Lee Ragin,  Emma Kirkby,  Dominique Visse,  Randall K Wong  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Coloniensis
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    Viaggio A Venezia / Molardi, I Virtuosi Delle Muse
    Label: Divox   Catalog: 70602 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Nicolo Porpora,  Antonio Caldara  ... 
    Performer:  Stefano Molardi,  Jonathan Guyonnet,  Jean-Marc Haddad
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi Delle Muse
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    A. Scarlatti, D. Scarlatti, Hasse: Cantatas, Motets
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55354 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Johann Adolf Hasse
    Performer:  Deborah York,  Crispian Steele-Perkins,  James Bowman
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
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    The World of the Castrati - The Voice of Angels [2 CDs+DVD]
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 48791 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Caldara,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
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    Mozart In Italien
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 753 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Thomas Linley (The Younge,  Venanzio Rauzzini,  Franz Lamotte  ... 
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    Hasse: Sanctus Petrus Et Sancta Maria Magdalena / Hofstetter, Blaise, Kordes, Genaux
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 950 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Adolf Hasse
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