This recording from Paris features the extraordinary and legendary sound of France’s first symphonic organ. Jan von Hassel turns in superior performances that show his intimate familiarity with the instrument. In addition, he is a gifted improviser. A splendid tribute, in great sound!
Jan von Hassel aux Grandes Orgues de la Madeleine, Paris
Jehan Alain (1911–1940)
Georg Muffat (1653–1704)
Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992)
LA NATIVITÉ DU SEIGNEUR (extraits)
Jean Giroud (1910–1997)
Toccata pour l’élévation
Jan von Hassel (*1974)
DEUX RÉFLEXIONS SUR UN THÈME DONNÉ
IMPROVISATIONS SUR UN THÈME DONNÉ (»Hilf, Herr meines Lebens«)
»»» Detailed informations, texts, photos, etc. inside CD (booklet)
Deutscher Text (28 Seiten) / Texts in english (28 pages)
Gesamtspielzeit / Total Recording Time: 65:11 | Format: 1 Audio-CD | RD: 07/2011
Recording: 09/2009, La Madeleine, Paris, Markus Mittermeyer | Producer: Andreas Meixner
(p) & (c) 2011 SPEKTRAL | Reihe SPEKTRAL CLASSICS
Order No.: SRL4-10079 | GTIN (EAN): 4260130380793
Jan von Hassel received his first organ lessons with Hans Peter Reiners in Bonn-Beuel and later at the school of Regensburg Cathedral’s Boys Choir (“Regensburger Domspatzen”). Numerous master classes, e. g. with Frédéric Blanc, Wolfgang Seifen, Peter Planyawsky, Jos van der Kooy, Anders Bondemann, Olivier Latry, Naji Hakim and Thierry Escaich gave him inspiration for improvisation, which he actually taught himself.
True to his motto, to live not from the music but for the music, he works as a lawyer in Regensburg, but undertakes nevertheless — whenever time permits — a busy schedule of concerts at home and abroad.