The Queen's Harp

1 CD - harmonia mundi HAF8902276
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Les Arts Florissants, William Christie
original title: The Queen's Harp / Xavier de Maistre, LAF

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  • At the end of the 18th century, France and Germany developed a passion for harp music; the instrument was everywhere, in concerts and drawing rooms and many masterpieces were written for it. Queen Marie-Antoinette regularly played the pianoforte and the harp and the instrument has remained a symbol of the last two decades of the French court.

    The harpist Xavier de Maistre has been leading a brilliant career for 25 years. At 22, he became solo harp solo at the Vienna Philharmonic which opened doors onto an international career. Passionate about his still little-known instrument and its extraordinary repertoire, he has chosen, with William Christie, the most evocative works of this golden age of the harp. They are inseparable from the image of the Queen of France, the elegance of her playing on an instrument which reached under Louis XVI unequaled refinement in workmanship,
    Xavier de Maistre appears courtesy of Sony Classical.

    1-3 Johann Baptist KRUMPHOLZ: Concerto No. 5 Op.7 for harp and orchestra
    4-7 Joseph HAYDN: Symphony n°85 "La Reine"
    8-9 Johann David HERMANN: Concerto No. 1 Op. 9 for harp and orchestra
    10 Christoph Williband GLUCK: Orphée et Eurydice, Dance of the Blessed Spirits
    (transcription: Xavier de Maistre)

  • Les Arts Florissants
    William Christie

    Xavier de Maistre [harp]
    Les Arts Florissants
    William Christie [conductor]
  • 1 CD - 1h 10mn 9s
    upc/ean. 3149020227602
    ref. HAF8902276
    release date. 2016-11-18

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