Dennis Brain - London Baroque Ensemble

Dennis Brain - London Baroque Ensemble Karl Wilhelm Jacob Haas (27 December 1900 – 7 July 1970) was born in Karlsruhe, Germany. He studied at the Classical College, then at the Universities of Munich and Heidelberg. Following his studies, he worked at the Dumont Theatre in Düsseldorf; then as Music advisor for Karlsruhe and Stuttgart radio stations.

He escaped Nazi persecution of Jews and settled in Britain in June, 1939. He worked first as Music Director of Old Vic in Bristol, where he composed incidental music and stage scores.

Haas was an enthusiast of Baroque music, a fine viola d’amore player and a collector of valuable early instruments, some of which he had to sell to support himself during his first years in England.

He owned over 5,000 microfilms of rare, early music (much in manuscript) discovered and photographed by himself in various European libraries. He edited works of Cherubini, Boccherini, Dittersdorf, Handel, Haydn and others.

Haas first presented the London Baroque Ensemble during a series of National Gallery Concerts in London in 1943 and continued to conduct it until 1966. As can be seen by the personnel lists on this CD, Haas always engaged the finest London musicians for his LBE concerts, broadcasts and recordings.

Americans may remember Karl Haas, the classical music broadcaster, and think he is the conductor on these recordings. In 1965, while a student at the University of Michigan, I played Handel’s Ouverture for Two Clarinets and Horn in the edition by Karl Haas.  Having heard “Adventures in Good Music” on Detroit’s WJR, I called the station and was connected to Mr. Haas.  I was excited to be able to ask questions about the Handel and other Haas editions of baroque wind music and was very surprised to hear Mr. Haas chuckle and say that he had met the London-based conductor and that they both studied at the University of Heidelberg and escaped Nazi persecution.

The Handel Ouverture, originally in D, is played in C on this recording.

The recordings on this CD were originally issued on Parlophone and Pye 78s and LPs with some LPs issued in the United States by Westminster and American Decca. This CD uses both British and American LPs from the 1950′a and early 1960′s.

A transfer of the original 78s of the Handel Ouverture was issued in 2002 by Yukihiro Okitsu on his superb CD “A Resurrection of Dennis Brain” which features 1940′s recordings of Dennis Brain from the collection of the late Kjell Moseng. Mr Okitsu’s website “An Enthusiasm for Dennis Brain” is the most comprehensive site devoted to the life and legacy of Dennis Brain.

London Baroque Ensemble Audio CD

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London Baroque Ensemble Downloadable MP3 Album

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01 Handel_ Aria No. 1 In F HWV 410

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02 Handel_ Aria No. 2 In F HWV 411

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03 Handel_ Suite In D – 1. Andante

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04 Handel_ Suite In D- 2. Allegro Ma Non Troppo

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05 Handel_ Suite In D- 3. Allegro

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06 Handel_ Suite In D- 4. Larghetto

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07 Handel_ Suite In D- 5. Andante Allegro

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08 CPE Bach_ Sonata No. 4 In E-Flat Allegro Ma non troppo

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09 CPE Bach_ Sonata No. 3 In G Allegro

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10 CPE Bach_ Sonata No. 6 In C Allegretto grazioso

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11 CPE Bach_ Sonata No. 2 In F Andante

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12 CPE Bach_ Sonata No. 1 In D Allegretto

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13 CPE Bach_ Sonata No. 5 In A Allegro Assai

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14 Haydn_ Divertimento In C – 1. Allegro

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15 Haydn_ Divertimento In C – 2. Minuet

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16 Haydn_ Divertimento In C – 3. Adagio

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17 Haydn_ Divertimento In C – 4. Minuet

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18 Haydn_ Divertimento In C – 5. Presto

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19 Haydn_ Divertimento In F – 1. Allegro

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20 Haydn_ Divertimento In F – 2. Menuett Moderato

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21 Haydn_ Divertimento In F – 3. Adagio

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22 Haydn_ Divertimento In F – 4. Menuet Poco Vivace

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23 Haydn_ Divertimento In F – 5. Finale_ Presto

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24 Strauss_ Suite In B flat, Op. 4 – 1. Praeludium

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25 Strauss_ Suite In B flat, Op. 4 – 2. Romanze

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26 Strauss_ Suite In B flat, Op. 4 – 3. Gavotte

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27 Strauss_ Suite In B flat, Op. 4 – 4. Introduction & Fugue

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