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Home - Works for Solo Harp by Bach, Debussy & Sting

Home - Works for Solo Harp by Bach, Debussy & Sting


Bach, J S:

Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 2 in C minor, BWV847: Prelude

Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 1 in C major, BWV846: Prelude

Prelude in D minor, BWV926

Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord No. 5 in F minor, BWV1018: I. Largo

arr. for solo harp Saint-Saens

Partita No. 5 in G major, BWV829 (Praeambulum)

Couperin, F:

Pièces de clavecin II: Ordre 6ème in B flat: Les baricades mistérieuses

Pièces de clavecin III: Ordre 18ème in F major: Le Tic-Toc-Choc ou Les Maillotins

Debussy:

Préludes - Book 1: No. 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

David DePeters (vibraphone)

Glass, P:

Metamorphosis II

David DePeters (vibraphone)

Grandjany:

The Colorado Trail Op. 28: Fantaisie for harp

Handel:

Harp Concerto in B flat major, Op. 4 No. 6, HWV 294: III. Allegro moderato

Rameau:

L'Egyptienne

Sherman, D:

Cycling Along with You

Sting:

St. Agnes and the Burning Train

David DePeters (vibraphone)

trad.:

Amid Flowers, Beside the River, Under a Spring Moon


Elizabeth Hainen (harp)

Philadelphia Orchestra Solo Harpist Elizabeth Hainen paints a varied and innovative portrait of private momentsin this ode to the pleasures of home. The programme features favourite pieces from those enjoyable hours spent playing her instrument alone or in partnership with her percussionist husband – a collection of cherished gems alongside new creations including a world-premiere arrangement of Sting’s ‘St. Agnes and the Burning Train’.

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Lost Is My Quiet

Lost Is My Quiet


Mendelssohn:

Ich wollt' meine Lieb' ergösse sich, Op. 63. No. 1

Gruss, Op. 63 No. 3

Volkslied, Op. 63 No. 5

Maiglöckchen und die Blümelein, Op. 63 No. 6

Scheidend, Op. 9 No. 6

Neue Liebe, Op. 19a No. 4

Duets (3), Op. 77

Purcell:

Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z335

Lost is my quiet for ever, Z502

If music be the food of love, third version, Z379C

Music for a while, Z583

No, resistance is but vain (from The Maid's Last Prayer or Any Rather Than Fail, Z601)

Oroonoko: Celemene, pray tell me, Z584

realised by Benjamin Britten

Quilter:

It was a lover and his lass

Weep ye no more, sad fountains

Music, when soft voices die, Op. 25 No. 5 (Shelley)

Drink to me only

Love's Philosophy, Op. 3 No. 1 (Shelley)

Love calls through the summer night

Schumann:

Drei Duette Op. 43

Nachtlied, Op. 96 No. 1

Stille Liebe, Op. 35 No. 8

Der Einsiedler, Op. 83 No. 3

Aufträge, Op. 77 No. 5

So wahr die Sonne scheinet, Op. 37, No. 12


Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Joseph Middleton (piano)

Carolyn Sampson and Iestyn Davies have collaborated on many occasions in the field of Baroque opera and oratorio, but on this occasion they venture into a somewhat different territory. In the company of Joseph Middleton, they have been exploring the Lieder for one and two voices of Mendelssohn and Schumann, combining them with songs and duets by Roger Quilter.

And even though the disc actually opens with a set of Purcell songs – repertoire which both singers have previously made their mark in – they are here performed with the piano accompaniments realized by Benjamin Britten, turning them into something quite new and different.

‘Creamy’, ‘luminous’ and ‘supple’ are words that often appear in reviews about both Carolyn Sampson and Iestyn Davies, and in these duets they achieve a

marvellous blend as well as the utmost precision. They are aided in this by Joseph Middleton, described in The Telegraph (UK) as an ‘unfailingly sensitive accompanist’.

“Carolyn Sampson’s soprano sparkles and Iestyn Davies’s countertenor glides through the air in this compilation, individually and in duet. They sing together with an enjoyment of the music’s ebb and flow that is clearly shared by their pianist, Joseph Middleton...what’s on offer here is beautifully judged, the two voices playing off each other and sharing nuanced expression” The Guardian, 7th September 2017 *****

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Watercolour: Yuanfan Yang

Watercolour: Yuanfan Yang


Cashian:

Landscape

Chopin:

Étude Op. 25 No. 11 in A minor 'Winter Wind'

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

Davies, Peter Maxwell:

Farewell to Stromness

Liszt:

Grande Étude de Paganini, S. 141 No. 3 'La Campanella'

Vallée d'Obermann (Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 No. 6)

Schubert:

Impromptu in B flat major, D935 No. 3

Wang Jian Zhong:

Liuyang River

Yang, Y:

Three Aquarelles


Yuanfan Yang (piano)

This is the debut recording from Yuanfan Yang, piano category winner of the 2012 BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, and an equally exciting pianist and composer.

Still only 19 years old and of Chinese origin, Yang has received prizes and invitations around the world for both his pianistic and his compositional abilities, both showcased on this disc of repertoire including Schubert, Liszt, Maxwell-Davis and Yuanfan Yang's own compositions.

“This is, in all respects, a young man’s disc...[the Aquarelles were] written when Yang was in his mid-teens. They are vividly programmatic, relating to waves, the sinking sun and a haunted bell, and ranging in mood from splashy virtuosity to a soulful poignancy impressive in one so young.” The Observer, 13th August 2017 ***

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Verdi: Nabucco

Verdi: Nabucco

20 December 1949 Napoli, Teatro San Carlo


Gino Bechi (Nabucco), Maria Callas (Abigaille), Amalia Pini (Fenena), Gino Sinimberghi (Ismaele), Iginio Riccò (Gran Sacerdote), Luciano della Pergola (Abdallo), Silvana Tenti (Anna)

Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli, Vittorio Gui

The temperament-filled role of Abigaille in Nabucco is notorious for its extreme vocal demands, but the young Callas – just 26 when she performed the role at Naples’ Teatro San Carlo – conquers it confidently and commandingly. Her astonishing capacities for both barnstorming power and intricate delicacy are called into play in this, her earliest live recording of a complete opera. These performances at one of Italy’s most celebrated opera houses represent the only occasion Callas sang the role of Abigaille on stage.

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Warner Classics Maria Callas Live Remastered - 9029584446

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Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani

Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani

26 May 1951 · Firenze, Comunale


Giórgios Kokoliós-Bardi (Arrigo), Maria Callas (La Duchessa Elena), Enzo Mascherini (Guido di Montforte), Boris Christoff (Giovanni da Procida), Mario Frosini (Il Conte Vaudemont), Bruno Carmassi (Il Sire di Bethume), Mafalda Masini (Ninetta), Gino Sarri (Danieli), Aldo De Paolo (Tebaldo), Lido Pettini (Roberto), Breno Ristori (Manfredo)

Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Erich Kleiber

I vespri siciliani, originally conceived as a grand opéra for Paris, is one of Verdi’s most ambitious works, and the multi-faceted central role of Elena is one his most demanding: Callas is one of the few sopranos who have encompassed its vocal and dramatic diversity. This performance – conducted by Erich Kleiber and with Boris Christoff as the Sicilian activist Procida – took place in Florence in Spring 1951. Just over six months later, Callas opened the season at La Scala in the same opera. I vespri siciliani also served for her sole foray into directing opera, for the opening of the new Teatro Regio in Turin in 1973.

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Spontini: La Vestale

Spontini: La Vestale

7 December 1954 · Milano, Teatro alla Scala


Franco Corelli (Licinius), Maria Callas (Giulia), Ebe Stignani (Gran Vestale), Enzo Sordello (Cinna), Nicola Rossi-Lemeni (Grande Sacerdote), Vittorio Tatozzi (Un Console), Nicola Zaccaria (Aruspice)

Teatro alla Scala, Antonino Votto

The central character in La Vestale, as in Norma, is a priestess who transgresses her holy vows for love. Spontini’s nobly-conceived opera, composed for Paris in the Napoleonic era, brought Callas’ first collaboration on a new production with the great director Luchino Visconti, who described her as “the greatest tragedienne since Duse” (Eleonora Duse, 1858–1924,the legendary Italian actress). Callas was joined in the cast by Franco Corelli and Ebe Stignani, and Arturo Toscanini was a member of the audience that witnessed her triumph in the role of Giulia at the first night at La Scala.

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Rossini: Armida

Rossini: Armida

26 April 1952 · Firenze, Comunale


Maria Callas (Armida), Francesco Albanese (Rinaldo), Mario Filippeschi (Gernando), Gianni Raimondi (Eustazio), Alessandro Ziliani (Goffredo), Antonio Salvarezza (Ubaldo), Mario Frosini (Idradote), Marco Stefanoni (Astarotte)

Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Tullio Serafin

Rossini is a pillar of bel canto opera, but he was less central to Callas’s art and career than Bellini and Donizetti. She performed two of his comic works – Il barbiere di Siviglia and Il turco in Italia – and in 1952, with her mentor Tullio Serafin conducting, took the title role in the dramatic Armida. The opera had not been seen for many years and even today remains a rare visitor to the world’s opera houses. It is notable both for the virtuosity and stamina required of the star soprano and for the presence of no fewer than five tenors. Callas’ achievement as the enchantress is nothing less than spectacular, particularly in the mesmerising rondo aria ‘D’amore al dolce impero’.

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Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

08 January 1955 · Milano, Teatro alla Scala


Mario del Monaco (Andrea Chénier), Aldo Protti (Carlo Gérard), Maria Amadini (La Contessa di Coigny), Silvana Zanolli (La mulatta Bersi), Maria Amadini (La Contessa di Coigny), Lucia Danieli (Madelon)

Teatro alla Scala, Antonino Votto

While Puccini’s Tosca became closely identified with Callas, she appeared only rarely in other post-Verdi operas once she had risen to fame. She learned the role of Maddalena in Andrea Chénier at short notice for a production at La Scala: Verdi’s Il trovatore had been planned, but the star tenor Mario del Monaco engineered a change to Giordano’s red-blooded drama of the French revolution. This recording captures the thrill of a first night at Italy’s most famous opera house, and Callas traces her character’s development – from a spoiled young aristocrat to a self-sacrificing woman in love – in gripping and moving detail.

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Donizetti: Poliuto

Donizetti: Poliuto

07 December 1960 Milano, Teatro alla Scala


Donizetti’s rarely-performed Poliuto, based on a play by the great French dramatist Corneille, opened La Scala’s season in 1960 and marked Callas’s return to the iconic Milanese theatre after an absence of two seasons. The opera is set in Armenia at the time of the Roman Empire and Callas sings the role of Paolina, torn between loyalty to her husband Severo and love for Poliuto, a Christian convert. The principal male roles are taken by two Italian singers who are worthy partners for Callas: the magnificent baritone Ettore Bastianini and Franco Corelli, considered by many to be the greatest Italian tenor of his time.

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Donizetti: Anna Bolena

Donizetti: Anna Bolena

14 April 1957 · Milano, Teatro alla Scala


Maria Callas (Anna Bolena), Giulietta Simionato (Giovanna), Nicola Rossi-Lemeni (Enrico), Gianni Raimondi (Percy), Plinio Clabassi (Rochefort), Gabriella Carturan (Smeton), Luigi Rumbo (Hervey)

Teatro alla Scala, Gianandrea Gavazzeni

Callas’s Anna Bolena at La Scala in 1957 was one of the absolute highlights of her extraordinary career. The performances brought new life to a bel canto opera that had long fallen out of favour. The central role was ideally suited to her talents and she once again had Luchino Visconti as her director. Anna’s rival, Giovanna Seymour, was sung by one Callas’s most trusted colleagues, the superb mezzo-soprano Giulietta Simionato. The conductor, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, described the production as “a complete revelation of what I have always felt should be the ideal collaboration between stage and music”.

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