By paqueklavier Wednesday February 20th, 2019
Photo: Johannes Paqué
Dear friends of music,
On Saturday, March 9, 2019, the pianist Knut Hanßen performed another concert at my music studio, who recited works by the three well-known composers Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms. In the concerts of Mr. Hanßen it must be particularly emphasized how comprehensively he is prepared for the performance, not only musically, but also in musicological terms! This not only makes the concert a pleasure to listen to – you also get a lot of background information, which is presented in an exciting way by the interpreter, which greatly facilitates the listener’s understanding of the piece being played, or puts it in a new relationship to already existing knowledge.
The choice of pieces was conceptualized in such a way that the listener was carried on a journey through time from early classical to romantic. It should be noted that these were late works by Haydn and Beethoven, while Brahms’s Opus 2 (in fact, it was arguably the first opus, that had been given the No. 2 by Brahms later on) is an early work by the composer, especially noticeable for its time by its boisterous and experimental style. Thus, the temporal examination of the works took place on two levels.
Despite having a cold, Knut Hanßen played a first-class concert that skilfully captured the individual characteristics of the different composers and brought them to life. In the dynamics he explored the limits of the instrument and at the same time understood not to exceed them, so that the audience was taken from pianissimo to fortissimo on a dreamy journey through the emotions. Equally skillfully Knut Hanßen played both the ridiculously fast but also the slow passages confidently and with ease, whereby the focus was always on the design of a beautiful sound.
A true listening pleasure, which undoubtedly proves that Mr. Hanßen is an up-and-coming talent, of which we will certainly hear a lot!
Dear friends of music,
Knut Hanßen has grown into a permanent fixture in the music studio. He made his first appearance 7 years ago, at that time as a young student of Prof. Sheila Arnold. Meanwhile, in addition to his piano studies, he also completed a conductor’s degree in Munich and in 2017 he made his concert exam on the piano with distinction! Since 2018 he is also working as a piano teacher in the Music Studio, where he inspires his students with his empathy as well as his great practical and theoretical knowledge. This concert is, so to speak, a home game for Mr. Hanßen and one that not only gives the audience but also him a great pleasure!
Look forward to a program with late works by Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven in contrast to the early work of Johannes Brahms. It is a journey through the history of music, from the early Classic to the Romantic, whereby the return of the young and impetuous romantic Brahms to the “old” masters will turn out to be very interesting and a feast for the ears!
Saturday, 9th of March 2019
Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809)
Sonata for piano in E flat major, Hob XVI/52
– Finale: Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Sonata for piano in A flat major, op. 110
– Moderato cantabile, molto espressivo
– Allegro molto
– Adagio ma non troppo – Arioso dolente – Fuga: Allegro, ma non troppo – L’istesso tempo di Arioso – L’istesso tempo della Fuga
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
Piano Sonata No. 2 in F sharp minor op. 2
– Allegro non troppo ma energico
– Andante con espressione
– Scherzo. Allegro – Trio. Poco più moderato
– Finale. Introduzione. Sostenuto – Allegro non troppo e rubato
Grand piano by Ernst Kaps from 1875
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