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CHAN 0711

Hasse: Sonatas

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2004

Originally recorded in 2004


Epoca Barocca


Broadcasting Hall, Deutschlandfunk, Cologne, Germany


Ludwig Rink


Uwe Walter



Hans Martin Renz

Susanne Friedrich

Record Label



Early Music

Total Time - 65:28
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Trio Sonata in F major

  in F-Dur - en fa majeur - in Fa Maggiore  
  for oboe, violin and basso continuo  
1 I Larghetto 2:08
2 II Allegro 2:21
3 III Largo 4:01
4 IV Tempo di menuetto 2:51

Trio Sonata in D minor

  in d-Moll - en ré mineur - in re minore  
  for oboe, violin and basso continuo  
5 I Largo 2:12
6 II Presto 2:56
7 III Siciliano 1:49
8 IV Allegro 2:42

Sonata No. 5 in E minor

  in e-Moll - en mi mineur - in mi minore  
  for violin and basso continuo  
9 I Adagio 2:00
10 II Vivace 4:10
11 III Andante 1:48
12 IV Allegro assai 3:39

Sonata in G major

  in G-Dur - en sol majeur - in Sol Maggiore  
  for oboe and basso continuo  
13 I Andante 1:48
14 II Allegro 1:48
15 III Largo 1:47
16 IV Tempo di menuetto 2:50

Sonata in F major

  in F-Dur - en fa majeur - in Fa Maggiore  
  for chalumeau, oboe, bassoon and basso continuo  
17 I Adagio 2:12
18 II Allegretto 3:21
19 III Adagio 3:45
20 IV Allegretto ma poco 5:19

Trio Sonata in C major

  in C-Dur - en ut majeur - in Do Maggiore  
  for oboe, violin and basso continuo  
21 I Adagio 2:18
22 II Allegro 2:38
23 III Adagio 2:01
24 IV Allegro 3:04
>‘In his compositions the intention of pleasing the ear and of satisfying the intellect is evident, leaving to the vain and the pedantic everything that strikes, stupifies and puzzles’. This was the comment of Charles Burney about Johann Adolf Hasse after they met in September 1773 in Vienna. Hasse was a prolific composer whose music dominated the European scene for almost half a century, before being challenged by the followers of the new style brought in by Gluck and Calabigi. His posthumous reputation was not helped by the fact that the major part of his instrumental works were lost when his publishing house in Leipzig was bombed during the seven years war. Ironically, the man who ordered the bombing was none other than Frederick II, the same monarch who had commissioned so many of Hasse’s works.

This delightful recording of instrumental works by Hasse is performed by one of Europe’s premiere period instrument ensembles. Epoca Barocca has performed with many of the biggest names in Early Music. Its strength lies in its flexible line-up which allows it to perform unusual works scored for a variety of instrumental combinations.

Epoca Barocca will be performing throughout Germany until the end of 2004.

Hasse was born in 1699 in Bergedorf, near Hamburg. He started out as a tenor before moving to Naples to study with Nicholas Porpora and Alessandro Scarlatti. From 1727 he was ‘Maestro di cappella’ in Venice and then at the court in Dresden. After the death of the King, Hasse was active both in Dresden and in many trips abroad, living mainly in Venice.
Hasse earned great fame in his own time, mainly for his theatrical works, in which he was able to utilise and develop the characteristic traits of Neopolitan opera as learned in his stay in Italy. Indeed, Handel held Hasse in such high esteem that he included several of Hasse’s arias in his pasticci londinesi.
The sonatas and the trio sonatas of Hasse have been published with different indications of instrumental arrangements. The majority of them have the indication: for flute or violin and basso continuo or for 2 flutes or violins and basso continuo. As usual in these kinds of composition, this is a conventional indication which has commercial purposes and, according to the performing habits of the time, the instrumentation can be changed. In fact, nothing prevents the playing with oboe a piece for flute or violin, as long as this is allowed by the technical and musical characteristics, and if the piece is not losing its effect. In Hasses’s work, many compositions are published with the indication for oboe where there are acute notes and solistical parts not performable with this instrument, but much more suitable for flute or viola. Vice versa, works published with the indication for flute or violin have a better effect if performed with the oboe.

'The playing is characterful throughout and puts as strong a case as one can make without needless hyperbole.'

I cannot imagine there is any reader who could fail to be beguiled by the gentle allure of this unfailingly amiable music. The playful spirit of the faster movements is effortlessly captured by these accomplished musicians while the lyricism, sometimes tinged with melancholy of the slow ones – the Adagio of the Quartet springs to mind – is always tenderly revealed. In short here is a disc of pure enchantment, and which offers a model of balanced ensemble playing.
BBC Music Magazine

The performances in general terms very satisfying, with accomplished playing from the oboist, violinist, and bassoonist (the splendid Sergio Azzolini).

There are many delights in this album for lovers of the chamber music of the baroque period; and the whole programme will even stand playing through without breaks between the different sonate - a most unfair acid test! The playing by the Epoca Barocca (a new ensemble to me) is a stylish delight throughout. Should anyone be hesitant about buying an album of trio sonate by a composer whom many may class as 'minor', try the F major with the benign, dove-like coo-ing of the chalumeau, set against the sharper timbre of oboe and the bass rock of bassoon.
M Lloyd-Williams