The Queen's Harp

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The Queen's Harp

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18th Nov 2016




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The Queen's Harp


Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Euridice): Dance of the Blessed Spirits

trans. Xavier de Maistre


Symphony No. 85 in B flat major 'La Reine'

Hermann, J D:

Harp Concerto No. 1 in F major, Op. 9


Harp Concerto Op. 7 No. 5


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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 at the Vienna Philharmonic and this prestigious position has opened doors on 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.

Jean Baptiste Krumpholtz: Concerto for Harp and Orchestra No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 7

I. Allegro moderato

II. O ma tendre musette. Andante con variazioni

III. Rondo - Allegro

Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 85 in B-Flat Major, Hob. 1:85 "La Reine"

I. Adagio - Vivace

II. Romance. Allegretto

III. Menuetto. Allegretto - Trio

IV. Finale. Presto

Johann David Hermann: Concerto for Harp and Orchestra No. 1 in F Major, Op. 9

I. Allegro

II. Rondo

Christoph Willibald Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice (Arr. Xavier de Maistre): Danse des esprits bienheureux

Orphée et Eurydice (Arr. Xavier de Maistre): Danse des esprits bienheureux

Gramophone Magazine

January 2017

“This is rococo entertainment music at its most decorously pastel…[though] de Maistre’s playing is a marvel of delicate colouring and shimmering, perfectly even passagework…recommended to harp enthusiasts, above all for de Maistre’s dazzling mastery of the instrument”

BBC Music Magazine

February 2017


“stimulating and somewhat bitty. The outstanding feature of Christie’s collaboration with the superb Xavier de Maistre is an exquisitely refined account of the enchanting Fifth Harp Concerto (1778) by the Prague-born Krumpholtz”

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