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JOHANN NEPOMUK HUMMEL  

(1778 - 1837)

The reputation of Hummel has been clouded by time. Born in Pressburg (the modern Bratislava) in 1778, he was a pupil of Mozart and enjoyed a successful career as a pianist and composer. He was employed, not entirely to his employer’s satisfaction, by the Esterházy family at Eisenstadt as Konzertmeister, while Haydn, now in retirement in Vienna, continued as nominal Kapellmeister. Hummel later served as Kapellmeister at Stuttgart and from 1818 at Weimar.

Choral and Vocal

Hummel, in his long career, wrote a number of dramatic works of various kinds. In addition to his many songs, he set liturgical texts and suitably celebratory cantatas for some of his patrons. His 1806 Missa solemnis was written for the marriage of his patron Prince Nicolaus Esterházy II’s daughter.

Orchestral Music

Recent recordings and performances have revived some interest in two of Hummel’s half-dozen or so piano concertos, notably Opp. 85 and 89. His Trumpet Concerto is a useful part of current repertoire.

Chamber Music

Hummel’s Op. 87 Piano Quintet is particularly interesting in its scoring: it is the same as that of Schubert’s famous ‘Trout’ Quintet, with which it is sometimes coupled in recording. Both quintets are scored for piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass.

Keyboard Music

As a virtuoso performer himself, Hummel wrote a large number of works for solo piano, in the style he had inherited and developed from his early lessons with Mozart. In addition to this array of sonatas, studies, bagatelles and other works, he also wrote a few pieces for the organ, published posthumously.

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
Adagio 2 Naxos
8.578062-63
Concertos
BEETHOVEN: 'Moonlight' Sonata / CHOPIN: Mazurkas (Friedman) (1923-1926) Naxos Historical
8.110684
Instrumental
CELLO (THE ART OF THE) Naxos
8.557708
Chamber Music
Clarinet and Orchestra Marco Polo
8.223431
Orchestral
CLASSICAL CAFFEINE Delos
DE1628
Concertos
CLASSICAL WELLNESS - Musical Tonics for Mind, Body and Spirit (3-CD Box Set) Delos
DE3464
Concertos
Easy-Listening Piano Classics: Romantic Expressions Naxos
8.578081-82
Instrumental
FAMOUS AUSTRIAN COMPOSERS - STRAUSS / MOZART, W.A. / SCHUBERT, F. / BEETHOVEN, L. van / HAYDN, F.J. / HAYDN, M. / ALBRECHTSBERGER, J.G. Capriccio
C49370
Chamber Music
Flute Trios - HUMMEL, J.N. / HAYDN, F.J. / GYROWETZ, A. / WEBER, C. M. von (Haupt, Teutsch, Zenziper) Capriccio
C10398
Chamber Music
German Organ Music, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.550964
Instrumental
HAYDN / HUMMEL / NERUDA: Trumpet Concertos Naxos
8.554806
Concertos
HAYDN, F.J.: Oboe Concerto, Hob.VIIg:C1 / HUMMEL, J.N.: Introduction, Theme and Variations, Op. 102 / MARTINU, B.: Oboe Concerto, H. 353 (Lencses) Capriccio
C10308
Orchestral
HAYDN, J.: Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat Major / HUMMEL, J.: Trumpet Concerto in E Major (Schwarz) Delos
DE3001
Concertos
HUMMEL / DU PUY / DANZI / WEBER: The Romantic Bassoon BIS
BIS-CD-705
Concertos
HUMMEL, J.N.: Cello Sonata / Piano Sonata No. 5 / Adagio, Variations and Rondo on Schone Minka (Auer, Rummel, Hinterhuber) Paladino Music
PMR0019
Instrumental, Chamber Music
HUMMEL, J.N.: Hummel at the Opera (Inui) Naxos
8.572736
Instrumental, Ballet, Instrumental
HUMMEL, J.N.: Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 and 3 / Variations, Op. 57 / La bella capricciosa (Hammer) Oehms Classics
OC360
Instrumental
HUMMEL: Bassoon Concerto / Clarinet Quartet Naxos
8.554280
Concertos, Chamber Music, Orchestral
HUMMEL: Concerto for Piano and Violin, Op. 17 / Violin Concerto Naxos
8.557595
Concertos
HUMMEL: Fantasies (Complete) Naxos
8.557836
Instrumental
HUMMEL: Flute Sonatas / Flute Trio / Grand Rondeau Brillant Naxos
8.553473
Chamber Music
HUMMEL: Missa Solemnis / Te Deum Naxos
8.557193
Choral - Sacred
HUMMEL: Missa Solemnis / Te Deum Naxos
8.557572
Choral - Sacred
HUMMEL: Missa Solemnis / Te Deum Naxos
8.557193
Choral - Sacred
HUMMEL: Missa Solemnis / Te Deum Naxos
8.557572
Choral - Sacred
HUMMEL: Oberons Zauberhorn / Variations on Das Fest der Handwerker / Le retour de Londres Naxos
8.557845
Orchestral, Concertos
HUMMEL: Parthia in E-Flat Major / HAYDN, J.: Symphony No. 70 / BEETHOVEN: Sextet in E-Flat Major (Kammersolisten Zug) Divox
CDX-70503
Chamber Music
HUMMEL: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 Marco Polo
8.223107
Concertos
HUMMEL: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 Naxos
8.550837
Concertos
HUMMEL: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1 - Nos. 2, 3, 5 Naxos
8.553296
Instrumental
HUMMEL: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2 - Nos. 4, 6 Naxos
8.557444
Instrumental
HUMMEL: Piano Trios / Piano Quartet in G Major / Cello Sonata Naxos
8.557694
Chamber Music
KLASSIK HIGHLIGHTS - Music for the 20th Anniversary of Naxos Naxos
8.550020
Concertos
KLASSIK OHNE KRISE: Gelassen geniessen Naxos
8.551300-01
Concertos
KROMMER: Oboe Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / HUMMEL: Introduction, Theme and Variations Cedille
CDR90000-045
Orchestral
MOISEIWITSCH, Benno: Moiseiwitsch, Vol. 2 (1925-1941) Naxos Historical
8.110669
Instrumental
MOZART, W.A.: Bassoon Concerto, K. 191 / HUMMEL, J.N.: Bassoon Concerto, WoO 23 / JOLIVET, A.: Bassoon Concerto (Jensen) Capriccio
C10579
Concertos
Orchestral Music - BOYCE, W. / PURCELL, H. / MOZART, L. / BEETHOVEN, L. van / HUMMEL, J.N. / ADAM, A. (Sir Neville Marriner Jubilee Edition) Capriccio
C49266-5
Orchestral
Orchestral Music - HANDEL, G. / PROKOFIEV, S. / MOZART, W.A. / HUMMEL, J. (Classical Fitness - Music for a Healthful Lifestyle) Delos
DE1604
Concertos
PAPERNO, Dmitry: Uncommon Encores Cedille
CDR90000-007
Instrumental
Piano Quartets - MOZART, W.A. / HUMMEL, J.N. / BEETHOVEN, L. van (Ames Piano Quartet) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92120
Chamber Music
Piano Recital: Paperno, Dmitry - SCARLATTI, D. / CZERNY, C. / MOSZKOWSKI, M. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. / RACHMANINOV, S. (The Virtuoso Paperno) Cedille
CDR3003
Instrumental
Trumpet Recital: Friedrich, Reinhold - HAYDN, F.J. / HUMMEL, J.N. / PUCCINI, M. Capriccio
C10598
Concertos
Trumpet Recital: Friedrich, Reinhold - HUMMEL, J.N. / HAYDN, M. / HAYDN, F.J. / MOZART, L. Capriccio
C71005
Concertos
WOMEN AT THE PIANO - AN ANTHOLOGY OF HISTORIC PERFORMANCES, Vol. 2 (1926-1950) Naxos Historical
8.111121
Instrumental
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