P1178. MONIQUE HAAS: Couperin, Rameau, Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel & Prokofiev. (Germany) Meloclassic 1006, recorded 19 March, 1956, Leipzig. Final sealed copy! - 791154050064
“Could a French woman make an international career for herself as a pianist after the Second World War by playing most of Debussy and Ravel, lots of Mozart and Haydn, and even some of Hindemith and Stravinsky, but no Beethoven nor Brahms, no Liszt and next to no Chopin, no Schubert and only a smattering of Schumann? Apparently Monique Haas could because she made a flourishing career after the War by embracing the French moderns and the Viennese classics but virtually avoiding the German romantics. It made a certain sense. Haas was the quintessence of French piano playing—her tone was clear, her technique was lucid, her colors were luminous and her pedal was light—and thus the ideal Debussy—Ravel player, and therefore, by French logic, the ideal Mozart and Haydn player."
- James Leonard, All Music Guide
“Meloclassic was founded in by Lynn Ludwig in Germany in December 2013, the label dedicated to releasing previously unissued historical recordings of live radio performances and broadcasts. Whenever possible, the discs include original radio announcements and applause. The recordings are meant to serve as historical documents. The sound quality tends to remain extraordinarily quiet, with no trace of tape or wire hiss."
—Gary Lemco, Audiophile Audition, 20 July, 2014
"According to its website, Meloclassic is a ‘non-profit organisation dedicated to releasing previously unissued historical recordings of live radio performances and broadcasts’. The first thing to say is that the material, or most of it, is of exceptional artistic interest, and the sound (which is for the most part extremely clean) is thankfully free of excessive filtering….I look forward to hearing further releases in the not-too-distant future.”
- Rob Cowan, GRAMOPHONE, April, 2014
"Presentation is in a digipack with notes ‘tipped’ in – with excellent photographs, by the way, and helpful text, in English in the case of my copy. Surveying the available discs and seeing details of some of those to come - many violinists, chamber ensembles and pianists – I have no hesitation in saying that this is potentially the most exciting tranche of broadcast material to be made available in many years."
- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWebInternational, 14 June, 2014