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Arabesque - Romantic Harp Music Of 19th Century / Drake

Release Date: 09/09/2003 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55129   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alphonse HasselmansTraditionalAnonymousFranz Schubert,   ... 
Performer:  Susan Drake
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

All the music is played on the harp, and with the possible exception of Anon, was written in the nineteenth century, but more than one-quarter of it is harp music only by arrangement or adoption. There is no shortage of original material from the period but the objective here is plainly to include a few pops (Debussy, Schubert, Saint-Saëns, Anon) to attract the listener who may not know one harp composer from another, or, to judge by the sleeve-note, how a harp works. Susan Drake of course knows very well how it works and she is also a very sensitive musician, avoiding any suggestion of the tasteless excesses to which some of the music is vulnerable-and to which others might succumb. She produces a wide dynamic range, such that Read more recourse to the volume control on behalf of the quietest passages (mere murmurs) will sooner or later be repaid by a disconcerting assault on the eardrums. All the music sounds comfortable on the harp but it is the original music that works best, written by those who fully understand how to exploit this idiosyncratic instrument; Hasselmans and Parish-Alvars in particular produce some magical effects-horses for courses, as it were. It is a very clean, somewhat tow-level recording that will give much pleasure to harpists, day-dreamers and the good, oldfashioned romantics in our midst.

-- Gramophone [12/1984]
reviewing the original LP release
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Works on This Recording

Will o' the wisp, Op. 48 "Follets" by Alphonse Hasselmans
Performer:  Susan Drake (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
All through the night by Traditional
Performer:  Susan Drake (Harp)
Written: Wales, UK 
Notes: Arranged: Susan Drake 
Jeux interdits by Anonymous
Performer:  Susan Drake (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Notes: Arranged: Susan Drake 
Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Susan Drake (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Arranged: John Thomas 
Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Susan Drake (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Notes: Arranged: Alphonse Hasselmans 
La Source, Op. 23 by Albert Zabel
Performer:  Susan Drake (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Marguerite douloureuse au rouet, Op. 26 by Albert Zabel
Performer:  Susan Drake (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
Variations for Harp on "The Carnival of Venice" by Wilhelm Posse
Performer:  Susan Drake (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
Arabesques (2) for Piano: no 1 in E major, Andante con moto by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Susan Drake (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1891; France 
Préludes, Book 1: no 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Susan Drake (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
Études (48) for Harp: no 21, Allegro espressivo by François-Joseph Dizi
Performer:  Susan Drake (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Romance without words for Harp in G flat major, Op. 48 no 3 by Elias Parish Alvars
Performer:  Susan Drake (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
La Mandoline, Op. 84 by Elias Parish Alvars
Performer:  Susan Drake (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844-1845 

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