Conrad Hansen

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The German pianist Conrad Hansen (1906-2002) has inexplicably fallen off the radar. Here we have a pianist, from the stable of Edwin Fischer, playing music in the great Germanic tradition. His discography, fairly sparse, did include some Mozart piano sonatas played on a fortepiano. This is Beethoven playing of the highest order.

CONRAD HANSEN plays four Piano Sonatas by Beethoven

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No 21 in C Major, Op 53
Recorded ∙ 26 November 1952 ∙ Frankfurt ∙ Altes Funkhaus ∙ HR · Radio Studio Recording

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No 25 in G Major, Op 79
Recorded ∙ 22 September 1956 ∙ Stuttgart-Untertürkheim ∙ Krone ∙ SDR ∙ Radio Studio Recording

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No 31 in A-flat Major, Op 110
Recorded ∙ 19 July 1963 ∙ Frankfurt ∙ Raum 3/B ∙ HR · Radio Studio Recording

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No 32 in C Minor, Op 111
Recorded ∙ 22 September 1956 ∙ Stuttgart-Untertürkheim ∙ Krone ∙ SDR ∙ Radio Studio Recording

Article number: MC 1047
UPC barcode: 791154054505
Release date: 16 July 2019
Booklet: 8 Pages
Total timing: 71:21
From the Original Masters ∙ © 2019 Meloclassic

October 2019 ∙ MusicWeb International ∙ Conrad Hansen plays four Piano Sonatas by Beethoven
The German pianist Conrad Hansen (1906-2002) studied with Edwin Fischer and was later his teaching assistant. Today he has inexplicably fallen off the radar. That may appear strange, because he collaborated with such luminaries as Eugen Jochum, Willem Mengelberg, Herbert von Karajan, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Richard Strauss. I approached this Meloclassic release with great expectations. Here we have a pianist, from the stable of Edwin Fischer, playing music in the great Germanic tradition. The omens look good. Lynn Ludwig’s expert restorations sound very good to my ears. The detailed biographical essay supplies all the necessary background. This is Beethoven playing of the highest order, and it is to be hoped that more of the pianist’s sonata performances will surface in the not-too-distant future.
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February 2020 ∙ French Diapason ∙ Bertrand Boissard ∙ Conrad Hansen plays four Piano Sonatas by Beethoven
Elève d’Edwin Fischer à Berlin, Conrad Hansen (1906-2002) fut un beethovénien réputé, soliste d’un fameux Concerto no 4 avec Furtwängler. Quatre Sonates captées entre 1952 et 1963 témoignent d’un puissant engagement (« Waldstein »), d’une diction tour à tour vigoureuse, franche, non dénuée, dans les Opus 110 et 111, de subtilité.
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February 2020 ∙ French Classica ∙ Jean-Charles Hoffelé ∙ Conrad Hansen plays four Piano Sonatas by Beethoven
Piano clair, toucher volatil, grand son, Conrad Hansen était destiné à Beethoven, comme le montre une vertigineuse « Waldstein ». Il déleste les deux dernières sonates de tout pathos, lecture moderne, drastique, alors qu’il venait de mettre tant de giocoso au Presto alla tedesca de la Sonate n 25.
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