Swiss accordionist Hans Hassler stands above the (small) crowd of improvising accordionist in the breadth of his career, his ability to balance both lyrical, abstract, serious, and humorous aspects in his approach to the instrument, a true original in intent and ability to engage his listeners, in 15 original and diverse compositions recorded in 2017.
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Recorded at Studio Klangdach, in Guntershausen, Switzerland, in 2016, by Willy Strehler.
Hans Hassler-accordion, composer
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1. Wohin ? 3:24
2. Einerlei - Zweierlei ? 5:49
3. Wozu - Und Wieso Nicht ? 2:54
4. Fragezeichen - Allein In Der Stadt 1:08
5. Calanda 5:14
6. Benigna 4:12
7. Das Dreieck Und Der Teppich 6:52
8. Spitziges Spielzeug 3:20
9. Die Sanduhr Ohne Sand 1:24
10. Disput - Aber Oho ! 7:56
11. Die Zweieckige Krone 5:25
12. Nähmaschinenboogie 4:04
13. Akkordämon 1:44
14. Ach So ! 0:40
15. Das Lied Von Den Rosen - Den Kleinen 0:59
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"Hans Hassler, born 1945 in Graubünden, East Switzerland, is the true Swiss king of accordion. Hassler inspires the listener with his playful virtuosity, a good sense of humour and a musical imagination without borders.
For Hans Hassler, performing on a variety of stages, to return to the studio as a soloist means adding something significant to anything which has already been played. It doesn't necessarily have to be new or different; it has to be substantial.
Hans Hassler has retained something of the originality of his playing. He combines this elemental, physical and spontaneously deployed music-making power with a finely tuned sense for artistic form. Appropriately enough for this two-handed instrument, this often involves a dialogue across the spectrum between heavenly descant and droning lowlands. There are ethereal lone notes and powerful clusters of tones, and altogether a great deal of dynamics, scurrility, humour, drama and thoughtfulness. That, if we wish to name it, is Hassler music."-Intakt
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"Hans Hassler was born in Switzerland in 1945. He studied accordion with Mogens Ellegaard in Copenhagen, and later learned to play clarinet, piano, and guitar. Hassler has performed musical styles ranging from opera to Dixieland. He used to perform in Zurcher Kammerorchester, and also recorded with the avant-jazz group Habarigani and -- most notably -- Mathias Ruegg's Vienna Art Orchestra and Swiss Art Orchestra. Hassler played in Ivano Torre Quintetto, Beat Follmi, and with Gebhard Ullmann during the mid- to late '90s."-Joslyn Layne-All Music 1/17/2018
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