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Great Works For Harp / Nicanor Zabaleta


Release Date: 03/14/1995 
Label:  Dg Double Catalog #: 439693   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartFrançois BoieldieuJoaquin RodrigoCarl Ditters von Dittersdorf,   ... 
Performer:  Karlheinz ZöllerNicanor ZabaletaAnka MoraverGuy Deplus,   ... 
Conductor:  Ernst MärzendorferPaul Kuentz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraPaul Kuentz Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 25 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The programme is odd, seemingly designed to include all three king-pins of the harp ensemble repertory on one disc. But in this context 'odd' could not mean 'bad': perhaps no programme including either the Handel, or the Ravel, or the Debussy, let alone all three of them, could be that. All are played beautifully.... The Albrechtsberger does not of course qualify as a king-pin of the repertory, but it is nevertheless a very agreeable piece to come across by way of pleasant surprise. No music by a man whom Beethoven preferred to Haydn as a teacher could possibly be devoid of interest, and this is not: indeed it follows on the Handel with hardly any sense of anticlimax at all. It certainly forms a satisfactory completion of this Read more well-recorded disc." -- Gramophone [12/1967], reviewing the original release

"The Boieldieu concerto is a delightful work. Its first movement is perhaps no more than average eighteenth-century, but the slow movement is most beautiful and the finale is charming. This is altogether well worth recording.... Zabaleta plays most beautifully ...." -- Gramophone [12/1961], reviewing the original release

"In the Danses sacrées et profanes I would not wish to be without the 1967 recording from Nicanor Zabaleta with the Paul Kuentz Chamber Orchestra." -- Michael Cookson, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Flute and Harp in C major, K 299 (297c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Karlheinz Zöller (Flute), Nicanor Zabaleta (Harp)
Conductor:  Ernst Märzendorfer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Paris, France 
Length: 28 Minutes 35 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Harp in C major by François Boieldieu
Performer:  Nicanor Zabaleta (Harp)
Conductor:  Ernst Märzendorfer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1801; Paris, France 
Length: 21 Minutes 30 Secs. 
3. Concierto serenata for Harp by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Nicanor Zabaleta (Harp)
Conductor:  Ernst Märzendorfer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; Spain 
Length: 23 Minutes 3 Secs. 
4. Concerto for Harp in A major by Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf
Performer:  Nicanor Zabaleta (Harp)
Conductor:  Paul Kuentz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paul Kuentz Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Austria 
Length: 19 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Karl Hermann Pillney 
5. Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Anka Moraver (Violin), Guy Deplus (Clarinet), Hamisa Dor (Cello),
Christian Larde (Flute), Nicanor Zabaleta (Harp), Monique Frasca-Colombier (Violin),
Marguerite Vidal (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; France 
Length: 11 Minutes 19 Secs. 
6. Danse sacrée et danse profane by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Nicanor Zabaleta (Harp)
Conductor:  Paul Kuentz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paul Kuentz Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; France 
Length: 10 Minutes 48 Secs. 
7. Concerto for Harp in B flat major, Op. 4 no 6/HWV 294 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Nicanor Zabaleta (Harp)
Conductor:  Paul Kuentz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paul Kuentz Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; London, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 37 Secs. 
8. Concerto for Harp in C major by Johann Georg Albrechtsberger
Performer:  Nicanor Zabaleta (Harp)
Conductor:  Paul Kuentz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paul Kuentz Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 17 Minutes 22 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra in C, K.299: 1. Allegro
Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra in C, K.299: 2. Andantino
Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra in C, K.299: 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Concerto for Harp and Orchestra in C: 1. Allegro brillante
Concerto for Harp and Orchestra in C: 2. Andante lento
Concerto for Harp and Orchestra in C: 3. Rondeau (Allegro agitato)
Concerto Serenade for Harp and Orchestra: 1. Estudiantina (Allegro ma non troppo - Andante)
Concerto Serenade for Harp and Orchestra: 2. Intermezzo: (Molto tranquillo)
Concerto Serenade for Harp and Orchestra: 3. Sarao (Allegro deciso)
Organ Concerto No.6 in B flat, Op.4 No.6 HWV 294 - Version for harp: 1. Andante Allegro
Organ Concerto No.6 in B flat, Op.4 No.6 HWV 294 - Version for harp: 2. Larghetto
Organ Concerto No.6 in B flat, Op.4 No.6 HWV 294 - Version for harp: 3. Allegro moderato
Concerto for Harp and Orchestra in C: 1. Allegro moderato
Concerto for Harp and Orchestra in C: 2. Adagio
Concerto for Harp and Orchestra in C: 3. Allegro
Harp Concerto in A major - Arr. Karl Hermann Pillney (1896-1980): 1. Allegro molto
Harp Concerto in A major - Arr. Karl Hermann Pillney (1896-1980): 2. Larghetto
Harp Concerto in A major - Arr. Karl Hermann Pillney (1896-1980): 3. Rondeau. Allegretto
Introduction and Allegro (1905)
Danses for Harp and Orchestra: 1. Danse sacrée
Danses for Harp and Orchestra: 2. Danse profane

Customer Reviews

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 Not to be Missed! October 26, 2012 By Dr. Helen Hatton (Hamilton, ON) See All My Reviews "Nicanor Zabaleta was one of the truly great masters of the harp. If the wiry twang of "original instrument" recordings sets your teeth on edge, this two-disc set will soothe your spirit, feed your soul and shine sunnily on your day. Mozart'a familiar concerto for flute and harp is a delight, for Zabaleta plays with impeccable transparency and musicality; the Boieldieu will always make you smile; the Handel will remind you of just what a master Handel was, without in the least being dry, pedantic or monotonous. What will make you sit up and listen intently is the Rodrigo Concert Serenade. Rodrigo, you will find, wrote more of lasting value than the Concierto Aranjuez and a fiew solo guitar pieces. Discerning listeners will be jolted by the Dittersdorf concerto. Did Beethoven know this work? He could have. The finale uncannily summons to mind Beethoven's Choral Fantasy, the study for the finale of the Ninth Symphony. Zabaleta was a master of style, and the Debussy and Ravel could not be more "French," more atmospheric and yet exactly right. Karajan's greatest tribute to an artist he liked was to say that he or she "was full of music." He could have been speaking of Nicano Zabaleta. If you know these recordings from their LP days, you will rejoice in their warm, clean CD transfers." Report Abuse
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