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Catherine Michel - Boïeldieu, Villa Lobos, Rodrigo: Harp Concertos (2011)

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Catherine Michel - Boïeldieu, Villa Lobos, Rodrigo: Harp Concertos (2011)

Catherine Michel - Boïeldieu, Villa Lobos, Rodrigo: Harp Concertos (2011)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:12:12 | 363 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Pentatone | Catalog: PTC5186135

These are wonderful pieces, with only perhaps the Rodrigo at all well-known today, and then only because of his famous guitar concertos. Boieldieu was a very good composer, and his harp concerto is often breathtakingly beautiful; if the theme of the finale isn't the last word in elegant pathos then nothing is. The Villa-Lobos sounds just like–Villa-Lobos: rich, exotic, heavily scored, and voluptuous. It's a big work in four movements. The lively and lovely Rodrigo needs no introduction, save to note that it's one of his very best works in any medium.

Yolanda Kondonassis - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons for Harp and Orchestra (1999)

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Yolanda Kondonassis - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons for Harp and Orchestra (1999)

Yolanda Kondonassis - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons for Harp and Orchestra (1999)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 222 MB | 56:27
Genre: Classical | Label: Telarc Distribution

Yolanda Kondonassis' skill on the harp is legendary. So too are her arrangements for the instrument. Many times you hear arrangements that restate the composer's original themes, but don't make the music fit the instrument. I often feel this way about much of Bach's music on the piano. Other times you find arrangements that stretch beyond the original in ways that get in the way. For me, the best example of this is the Stokowski arrangements of Bach's organ works for orchestra.

Isabelle Moretti - Boieldieu, Saint-Saens, Pierné: Harp Concertos (1997)

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Isabelle Moretti - Boieldieu, Saint-Saens, Pierné: Harp Concertos (1997)

Isabelle Moretti - Boieldieu, Saint-Saens, Pierné: Harp Concertos (1997)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 46:23 | 202 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Koch Schwann | Catalog: 311422

Brilliant performance with crystal clear recording and balance of orchestra against harp in all sections. A masterpiece of harp virtuosity if you are among the lucky individuals to own this recording at any price!

Xavier de Maistre, Diana Damrau - Nuit d'Etoiles: Harp Music by Claude Debussy (2008) [Re-Up]

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Xavier de Maistre, Diana Damrau - Nuit d'Etoiles: Harp Music by Claude Debussy (2008) [Re-Up]

Xavier de Maistre, Diana Damrau - Nuit d'Etoiles: Harp Music by Claude Debussy (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 204 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: RCA Red Seal | # 88697222492 | Time: 01:13:18

In many ways, Debussy’s piano music finds its rightful home on the harp. Apart from the distinctive textural and colouristic elements in the writing itself, we have contemporary accounts of Debussy’s piano-playing that refer to his ability to make you forget a piano even had hammers. Of course, this doesn’t allow for dreamy, “impressionistic” interpretations; rather, it makes clarity and precision absolute imperatives – which qualities we find in abundance in this recital by Xavier de Maistre and friends.