Léon Berben Hassler: Ich gieng einmal spatieren

Hassler: Ich gieng einmal spatieren

Léon Berben

Includes: 1 Digital booklet

Released on January 1, 2006 by Ramée

Main artist: Léon Berben

Genre: Classical

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Album : 1 disk - 7 tracks Total length : 01:19:32

  1. 1 Toccata di quarto tono

    Léon Berben, Performer - Jacob Hassler, Composer Copyright : Ramée Ramée

  2. 2 Ricercar

    Léon Berben, Performer - Jacob Hassler, Composer Copyright : Ramée Ramée

  3. 3 Ricercar del primo tuono

    Léon Berben, Performer - Jacob Hassler, Composer Copyright : Ramée Ramée

  4. 4 Fantasia noni toni

    Léon Berben, Performer - Jacob Hassler, Composer Copyright : Ramée Ramée

  5. 5 Canzon

    Léon Berben, Performer - Jacob Hassler, Composer Copyright : Ramée Ramée

  6. 6 Fuga septimi toni

    Léon Berben, Performer - Jacob Hassler, Composer Copyright : Ramée Ramée

  7. 7 Variations: "Ich gieng einmal spatieren"

    Léon Berben, Performer - Hans Leo Hassler, Composer Copyright : Ramée Ramée

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Although harpsichordist Léon Berben's Ramée disc Ich Gieng Einmal Spatieren is credited to the composer "Hassler," it consists of work by two composers by that name, a long keyboard piece by the expected Hans Leo Hassler and all but one of the surviving keyboard pieces by his youngest brother, Jakob Hassler. These are played by Berben on a remarkable period instrument, a Franciscus Patavinus harpsichord built in 1561 and located in the Deutsches Museum in Munich. This keyboard provides just the right shade and color to the music of Jakob Hassler, a Prague-based musician beloved of eccentric Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II whose work culls together the influences of Venice and Germany while retaining some vestige of his own Franco-Flemish heritage. Hans Leo Hassler's set of 31 variations on the tune "Ich gieng einmal spatieren" (I'm Going Walking Again) is one of the most extensive such works to be found before the time of J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations, and at 42 and a half minutes it's nearly as long. Hassler identifies the source melody as "durch Herren J.L.H." -- after Mr. J.L.H. -- perhaps meaning his brother Jakob. If so, Jakob is not known to have had a middle name or initial; perhaps it was also Leo. Léon Berben keeps the music moving and his sense of touch on this instrument is palpable; in Jakob Hassler's Toccata di quarto tono one can hear his fingers striking the keys, though it is not a distraction. This is just the result of Ramée's great recording of these performances, which is realistic and yet not in your face -- after all, the Patavinus is a quiet instrument, and the listener can still sense that. The notes, by Berben, are excellent, and this disc fills a repertory hole in the keyboard music of the late Renaissance that gaped a-yawning, yet no one seemed to notice. Hassler: Ich Gieng Einmal Spatieren is therefore strongly recommended to fans of keyboard music from the Renaissance period.

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