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Monique Haas Vol.2

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Monique Haas’s recordings enjoy a cult status. In these historically, as well as artistically, important audio documents, her connection to the best features of the French piano tradition – to whom Haas belonged, having studied under Lazare-Lévy – can be surveyed, along with the charisma of an unusual personality, whose performances were once described by the critic Antoine Goléa with “France cannot boast a greater pianist.” She never recorded the Schumann, Mozart and Bach commercially, so this is an important addition to her CD discography. The four works on this disc preserve the special artistry of Monique Haas at the peak of her international career and make their first appearance on CD.

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MONIQUE HAAS plays Schumann, Mozart, Debussy and Bach

1-8. Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16 [29:57]
I. Äußerst bewegt [02:37]
II. Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch [08:32]
III. Sehr aufgeregt [03:47]
VI. Sehr langsam [03:27]
V. Sehr lebhaft [03:07]
VI. Sehr langsam [03:44]
VII. Sehr rasch [02:05]
VIII. Schnell und spielend [02:40]
Recorded ∙ 20 November 1948 ∙ Frankfurt ∙ Altes Funkhaus Eschersheimer Landstraße ∙ Hessischer Rundfunk ∙ Radio Studio Recording

9-11. Mozart: Piano Sonata No.8 in A minor, KV.310 [14:52]
I. Allegro maestoso [05:34]
II. Andante cantabile con expressione [06:06]
III. Presto [03:12]
Recorded ∙ 13 June 1951 ∙ Stuttgart ∙ Altes Funkhaus ∙ Studio VI ∙ Süddeutscher Rundfunk ∙ Radio Studio Recording

12-14. Debussy: Pour le piano, L.95 [13:01]
I. Prélude [04:05]
II. Sarabande [05:09]
III. Toccata [03:46]
Recorded ∙ 01 July 1951 ∙ Frankfurt ∙ Altes Funkhaus Eschersheimer Landstraße ∙ Hessischer Rundfunk ∙ Radio Studio Recording

15-21. Bach: Partita No.2 in C minor, BWV.826 [20:20]
I. Sinfonia [04:49]
II. Allemande [04:04]
III. Courante [02:30]
IV. Sarabande [03:31]
V. Rondeau [01:41]
VI. Capriccio [03:45]
Recorded ∙ 19 October 1951 ∙ Frankfurt ∙ Altes Funkhaus Eschersheimer Landstraße ∙ Hessischer Rundfunk ∙ Radio Studio Recording

Article number: MC 1024
UPC barcode: 791154054000
Recording dates: 1948-1951
Release date: March 2015
Total timing: 78:13

Producer and Audio Restoration: Lynn Ludwig
Booklet Notes: Charles Timbrell
Design: Alessia Issara
Photographs: Frédéric Gaussin Collection
With special thanks to Charles Timbrell & Frédéric Gaussin
From the Original Masters ∙ © 2015 Meloclassic