Harp Concertos | Brilliant Classics 96102

Harp Concertos

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 96102

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 5

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 4th December 2020

Contents

Artists

Roberta Alessandrini (harp)
Charlotte Balzereit (harp)
Sue Blair (harp)
Jana Bouskova (harp)
Giselle Herbert (harp)
Eleanor Hudson (harp)
Catherine Michel (harp)
Susanna Mildonian (harp)
Fabrice Pierre (harp)
Nicolas Tulliez (harp)
Jutta Zoff (harp)
Marc Grouwels (flute)
Arkadiusz Krupa (oboe)
Ruggiero Ricci (violin)
Jonathan Small (oboe)
Northern Sinfonia
Orchestra di Mantova
Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Staatskapelle Dresden
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Sudwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim
Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Les Violons du Roy

Conductors

Alvaro Cassuto
Vladislav Czarnecki
Louis de Froment
Patrick Gallois
Siegfried Kurz
Bernard Labadie
David Lloyd-Jones
Nicol Matt
Vittorio Parisi
Antoni Wit

Works

Albrechtsberger, Johann

Harp Concerto in C major
Partita in F major

Alwyn, William

Concerto for Oboe and Harp

Boieldieu, Francois Adrien

Harp Concerto in C major

Dittersdorf, Carl Ditters von

Harp Concerto in A major

Dussek, Jan Ladislav

Harp Concerto in E flat major, Op.15

Ginastera, Alberto

Harp Concerto, op.25

Handel, George Frideric

Harp Concerto in B flat major

Krumpholtz, Jean-Baptiste (Jan Krtitel)

Harp Concerto no.6, op.9

Lutoslawski, Witold

Double Concerto for oboe and harp

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Concerto for flute and harp in C major, K299

Pierne, Gabriel

Concertstuck for harp and orchestra, op.39

Reinecke, Carl

Harp Concerto in E minor, op.182

Saint-Saens, Camille

Morceau de concert in G major for harp and orchestra, op.154

Santos, Joly Braga

Variacoes concertantes, op.40

Spohr, Louis

Concertante in G major for violin and harp, WoO13

Wagenseil, Christoph

Harp Concerto in G major

Artists

Roberta Alessandrini (harp)
Charlotte Balzereit (harp)
Sue Blair (harp)
Jana Bouskova (harp)
Giselle Herbert (harp)
Eleanor Hudson (harp)
Catherine Michel (harp)
Susanna Mildonian (harp)
Fabrice Pierre (harp)
Nicolas Tulliez (harp)
Jutta Zoff (harp)
Marc Grouwels (flute)
Arkadiusz Krupa (oboe)
Ruggiero Ricci (violin)
Jonathan Small (oboe)
Northern Sinfonia
Orchestra di Mantova
Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Staatskapelle Dresden
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Sudwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim
Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Les Violons du Roy

Conductors

Alvaro Cassuto
Vladislav Czarnecki
Louis de Froment
Patrick Gallois
Siegfried Kurz
Bernard Labadie
David Lloyd-Jones
Nicol Matt
Vittorio Parisi
Antoni Wit

About

The harp is an ancient instrument, with origins in the antiquity of perhaps many civilisations, and the modern orchestral harp is the culmination of a long evolution in form and technology. Its role has evolved as well, from that of solely an accompanimental and chamber instrument in the realm of folk music into a core member of the symphony orchestra with a repertoire of classical music by celebrated composers.

This attractive set of 17 works for harp concertante by 16 composers chronicles the instrument’s arrival and increasing acceptance on the orchestral stage. Many of the 18th-century works included here feature the harp for extra-musical reasons or as an alternate instrument to a keyboard. Handel’s, later bundled in with his other Organ Concertos, was originally for harp, written to evoke the ancient sound of the lyre in his Alexander’s Feast. Mozart’s Flute & Harp Concerto was written especially for a father and daughter who played those instruments. Wagenseil’s was for keyboard or harp, and Dittersdorf’s is an arrangement of a keyboard concerto. These fine pieces nevertheless laid a foundation for contemporaries and slightly later composers to embrace the harp for its own characteristics. Albrechtsberger, a teacher of Beethoven, had a penchant for solo instruments that were unusual in his day. In addition to the Harp Concerto and substantial Partita for Harp and Orchestra, his catalogue includes concertos for trombone, mandola and several for the jaw harp. Boieldieu relied on the harp’s colourful timbre in his many comic operas and would in turn write a number of concert works for the harp, the Concerto in C being one of the finest in the instrument’s repertoire. In the cases of Dussek and Spohr, their loved ones – their wives, and Dussek’s mother, sister and daughter – were harpists, encouraging these two remarkable composers to channel a fair amount of their considerable talent into music for the instrument.

Finally Krumpholz, a Czech compatriot of Dussek’s based in France, is the first in this line of composers of the emerging concert harp repertoire who played the instrument himself. He also played a pivotal role in the harp’s technological evolution. His compositions naturally reflect his mastery of the instrument in more idiomatic and adventurous writing.

From the second half of the 19th century, with the concert harp’s role, technological capabilities and performers of virtuosic stature firmly established, it became an attractive instrument for composers of the late romantic and modern eras. This set finishes with discs 4 and 5 offering a range of stunning concertante music for harp (sometimes with other solo instruments) from around the world. In addition to composers Saint-Saëns and Pierné from France, a stronghold of the harp due in no small part to the presence of Krumpholz and later pioneering harp (and piano) maker Sébastian Érard, there are notable contributions from Portugal, Argentina, the UK and Poland in Joly Braga Santos, Ginastera, Alwyn and 20th-century giant Lutosławski.

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