Eighteenth-Century Concertos for Timpani and orchestra
This recording embodies the spirit of a modern-day musician exploring a repertoire that had been lost in music history.
Virtuoso timpanist Jonathan Haas has raised the status of the timpani to that of a solo instrument throughout his unique career. From classical concertos to jazz and rock & roll, from symphonic masterpieces to the most experimental compositions of living composers, Haas has championed, commissioned, unearthed and celebrated music for his instrument, becoming, as Ovation magazine hailed him, “The Paganini of the timpani.”
Haas began his solo career in 1979 presenting the first timpani program in the history of Carnegie Recital Hall. After discovering that audiences could easily distinguish the pitches and enjoy the intricate melodic lines produced on the six timpani he played during that performance, he began searching for other works to spotlight the timpani. Musicologist Dr. Harrison Powley brought the pieces for eight timpani on this recording to Haas’ attention.
The solo timpani performance is a unique experience both audibly and visually, and Haas has developed a virtuosic style and technique that brings out the most subtle aspects of the music as well as the heroic elements inherent in the instruments themselves. Audiences have applauded his inventiveness, and critics on both sides of the ocean have praised his concerts on the world’s most prestigious musical stages.
Fischer Symphony for 8 Timpani and Orchestra 1. moderato 2. Adagio 3. Allegretto: Rondo
Druschetzky: Partita for 6 Timpani and Orchestra 4. Allegro con modo 5. Menuetto e trio 6. Adagio 7. Allegro non molto: Rondo
Druschetzky: Concerto for Oboe, 8 Timpani and Orchestra 8. Allegro spirituoso 9. Larghetto: Romance: Allegro: Rondo
Harold Farberman – conductor
Jonathan Haas – timpani
Gordon Hunt – oboe
"... he is a masterful young percussionist." – New York Times
"Wherever one finds a percussion instrument waiting to be struck or strummed, [Haas] is probably nearby...with consummate expertise." – New York Times
"[Jonathan Haas is] the Paganini of the timpani – Ovation Magazine