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HÄSSLER, Johann Wilhelm (1747–1822)

360 PRELUDES IN ALL MAJOR AND MINOR KEYS • SONATA NO. 6 • FANTAISIE ET SONATE • GRANDE SONATE


  • Vitlaus von Horn, piano

Johann Wilhelm Hässler is remembered by musicologists for his contest in organ playing with Mozart, but the mostly premiere recordings show him to be an astonishing enigma whose predilection for composing miniatures reached a pinnacle with the 360 Preludes in All Keys. This remarkable tour de force shows an amazing control of textures and not insignificant humour, its style ranging from CPE Bach’s Empfindsamkeit to prophetic insights anticipating Schumann. The Grande Sonate is a true masterpiece that compares in scope, invention and effect with the best of Haydn’s sonatas.

Tracklist

Disc 1
 
360 Preludes in All Major and Minor Keys, Op. 47 (1817) (01:41:38 )
1
15 Preludes in C Major * (00:04:05)
2
15 Preludes in C Minor * (00:03:15)
3
15 Preludes in G Major * (00:02:31)
4
15 Preludes in G Minor * (00:03:02)
5
15 Preludes in D Major * (00:02:45)
6
15 Preludes in D Minor * (00:03:47)
7
15 Preludes in A Major * (00:03:51)
8
15 Preludes in A Minor * (00:03:45)
9
15 Preludes in E Major * (00:03:22)
10
15 Preludes in E Minor * (00:03:24)
11
15 Preludes in B Major * (00:04:04)
12
15 Preludes in B Minor * (00:03:41)
13
15 Preludes in F-Sharp Major * (00:03:40)
14
15 Preludes in F-Sharp Minor * (00:05:00)
15
15 Preludes in C-Sharp Major * (00:05:50)
16
15 Preludes in C-Sharp Minor * (00:06:11)
17
15 Preludes in A-Flat Major * (00:06:12)
18
15 Preludes in G-Sharp Minor * (00:04:27)
19
15 Preludes in E-Flat Major * (00:05:06)
Disc 2
 
360 Preludes in All Major and Minor Keys, Op. 47 (1817) (01:41:38 )
1
15 Preludes in E-Flat Minor * (00:03:33)
2
15 Preludes in B-Flat Major * (00:04:50)
3
15 Preludes in B-Flat Minor * (00:06:00)
4
15 Preludes in F Major * (00:04:18)
5
15 Preludes in F Minor * (00:10:03)
 
6 Keyboard Sonatas: No. 6 in A Minor (1776) (00:13:26 )
6
I. Poco allegro (00:04:04)
7
II. Largo (00:01:48)
8
III. Presto (00:04:55)
 
Fantaisie et Sonate in C Major, Op. 4 () (00:12:59 )
9
Fantasia: Allegro (00:02:01)
10
Sonata: I. Vivace (00:01:51)
11
Sonata: II. Recitativo (00:03:18)
12
Sonata: III. Andante (00:02:08)
13
Sonata: IV. Allegro (00:02:07)
 
Grande Sonate in E-Flat Major, Op. 26 () (00:21:33 )
14
I. Moderato * (00:07:05)
15
II. Adagio * (00:07:23)
16
III. Rondo: Presto * (00:07:09)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 02:30:31

The Artist

Vitlaus von Horn was the first (and so far the only) pianist to perform the complete piano solo works of Sergey Prokofiev in concert. Having reached the pinnacle of his career and unable to top this achievement, he took a quarter-century-long sabbatical from piano, interrupted only by world première recordings of the complete works for piano and orchestra by Charles-Valentin Alkan on Naxos [8.553702] and of JW Hässler’s monumental cycle 360 Preludes in All Keys. Von Horn’s musical pedigree goes back to Beethoven himself, through Medtner, Leszetycki and Czerny.