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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
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
“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”
“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”