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JOHANN ADOLF HASSE  

(1699 - 1783)

Hasse held a leading position in Italy and Germany as a composer of opera seria, often based on texts by the most famous of contemporary librettists, Metastasio. He sang at Hamburg Opera, scored great success as a composer of opera in Naples, and enjoyed an international career that took him to Venice and to Dresden, where he served as Kapellmeister to the Elector for some 30 years until he and his wife, the famous mezzo-soprano Faustina Bordoni, were dismissed, after the Seven Years War. In Vienna in later years Hasse finally found himself, together with Metastasio, in rivalry with Gluck and the librettist Calzabigi, champions of operatic reform. At the height of his career Hasse enjoyed the greatest fame, but his achievements were soon forgotten after his death.

Operas

Hasse wrote some 60 operas, the first in 1721 for the court in Brunswick, and the last at the request of the Empress Maria Theresia for the marriage in Milan of Archduke Ferdinand and Maria Beatrice d’Este in 1771 – a work that, according to Leopold Mozart, was overshadowed by his son Wolfgang’s contribution to the festivities.

Church Music

Hasse’s extensive addition to the repertoire of contemporary church music continued to have occasional performance in Dresden. His oratorios, some with texts by Metastasio, have largely disappeared from repertoire.

Instrumental Music

Hasse’s instrumental music includes flute concertos, and solo, duo and trio sonatas.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
Chamber Music (Italian 17th Century) - HANDEL, G.F. / ALBINONI, T.G. / PORPORA, N. / CALDARA, A. / MARCELLO, B. / HASSE, J.A. (I Virtuosi delle Muse) Divox
CDX-70602
Orchestral
Choral Music (Sacred) - ZELENKA, J.D. / HASSE, J.A. / HEINICHEN, J.D. / HOMILIUS, G.A. (Max) Capriccio
C10557
Choral - Sacred
Flute Concertos (Baroque) – QUANTZ. J.J. / HEINICHEN, J.D. / BUFFARDIN, P.-G. / HASSE, J.A. (Haupt) Capriccio
C10119
Concertos
Flute Recital: Haupt, Eckart - QUANTZ, J.J. / BACH, W.F. / DE BOISMORTIER, J.B. / GOLDBERG, J.G. / HEINICHEN, J.D. (Hofische Barockmusik) Capriccio
C10471
Chamber Music
HANDEL, G.F.: Silete venti / HASSE, J.A.: La gelosia / BACH, J.S.: Non sa che sia dolore (Boulin, Kirkby) Phoenix Edition
Phoenix171
Vocal
HASSE, J.A.: Antonio e Cleopatra [Opera] (Dirst) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92115
Opera
HASSE, J.A.: Artaserse (Festival della Valle d'Itria, 2012) (NTSC) Dynamic
DYN-37715
Opera DVD
HASSE, J.A.: Artaserse [Opera] (Giustiniani, Schiavo, Prina, Fagioli, Bove, Giovannini, Rovaris) Dynamic
CDS7715
Opera
HASSE, J.A.: Cleofide (Opera Scenes and Arias) (Kirkby) Phoenix Edition
Phoenix178
Opera
HASSE, J.A.: Cleofide [Opera] (Christie) Capriccio
C7080
Opera
HASSE, J.A.: Cleofide [Opera] (Kirby) Capriccio
C10193-96
Opera
HASSE, J.A.: Conversione di Sant'Agostino (La) (Creed) Capriccio
C10389-90
Choral - Sacred
HASSE, J.A.: Didone abbandonata (excerpts) / La gelosia (excerpts) / Or la nube procellosa from Artaserse (Reloaded) (Barna-Sabadus) Oehms Classics
OC830
Opera, Vocal
HASSE, J.A.: Didone abbandonata [Opera] (Holzhauser, Ferri-Benedetti, Barna-Sabadus, Hinterdobler, Celeng, Burkhart, Hofkapelle Munchen, Hofstetter) Naxos
8.660323-25
Opera
HASSE, J.A.: Mass in D Minor / HEINICHEN, J.D.: Requiem in E-Flat Major (Rheinische Kantorei, Max) Capriccio
C10570
Choral - Sacred
HASSE, J.A.: Mass in D Minor / Miserere in C Minor (Max) Capriccio
C5125
Choral - Sacred
HASSE, J.A.: Opera Arias Transcribed for Lute (Wolf) Oehms Classics
OC710
Instrumental
HASSE, J.A.: Piramo e Tisbe [Opera] Capriccio
C60043-2
Opera
HASSE, J.A.: Sanctus Petrus et Sancta Maria Magdalena (Hofstetter) Oehms Classics
OC950
Choral - Sacred
HEINICHEN, J.D.: Overture in G Major / FASCH, J.F.: Overture in G Major / HASSE, J.A.: La gelosia / GRAUN, J.G.: Overture in D Minor (Linde, Bjorlin) Capriccio
C10626
Vocal
Keyboard Recital: Schornsheim, Christine [harpsichord, fortepiano] - HASSE, J.A. / GRAUN, C.H. / BENDA, G. / FASCH, C.F.C. / BACH, C.P.E. Capriccio
C10424
Instrumental
Opera Arias (Mezzo-Soprano): Bienkowska, Agata - SARRO, D.N. / TORRI, P. / CALDARA, A. / HANDEL, G.F. / HASSE, J.A. (La Prima Diva) Tactus
TC670003
Opera
OPERNGALA - 16. Festliche Operagala fur die AIDS-Stiftung Naxos
8.551233
Opera
Orchestral Music - HASSE, J.A. / LINLEY, T. / RAUZZINI, V. / LAMOTTE, F. / MOZART, W.A. (Mozart in Italien) (Contzen, Goebel) Oehms Classics
OC753
Orchestral
PERCORSI DELLA MUSICA ITALIANA DAL '500 AL '700 Tactus
TC950001
Vocal
PERFECT SPRING WEDDING Naxos
8.557976
Chamber Music
PERFECT SUMMER WEDDING Naxos
8.557979
Chamber Music
PERFECT WEDDING Naxos
8.557975
Chamber Music
Two Violins and One Guitar, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.550409
Chamber Music
Vocal and Chamber Music - VIVALDI, A. / HASSE, J.A. / PEROTTI, F. / TORELLI, G. (Venetian Christmas) (Arte dei Suonatori, Gester) BIS
BIS-2089
Vocal
Vocal and Orchestral Music - REYER, E. / SYMANOWSKY, K. / CORNELIUS, P. / BEETHOVEN, L. van / GLUCK, C.W. / HASSE, J.A. / MOZART, W.A. Phoenix Edition
Phoenix420
Opera
Vocal Recital: Baird, Julianne - CACCINI, G. / SANCES, G.F. (Songs of Love and War - Italian Dramatic Songs of the 17th and 18th Centuries) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90104
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Iranyi, Stefanie - HASSE, J.A. / HAYDN, J. / HANDEL, G.F. (Lamenti) Oehms Classics
OC811
Vocal




 
 
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