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Harp Concertos - Boieldieu, Saint-Saens, Tailleferre, Ravel / Zabaleta

Release Date: 07/01/1999 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 463084   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  François BoieldieuCamille Saint-SaënsGermaine TailleferreMaurice Ravel
Performer:  Nicanor ZabaletaGuy DeplusHamisa DorMarguerite Vidal,   ... 
Conductor:  Ernst MärzendorferJean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony OrchestraFrench National Radio Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Saint-Saëns's fluency lasted him into his old age, when a still wholly unimpeded output included this harp Morceau de concert, a piece rather of the nature of a small-scale four-movement concerto. Though actually written in 1919, it rehearses, expectedly, rather earlier idioms: entirely efficiently, entirely agreeably, but perhaps without very much of the sparkle which can and often does illuminate Saint-Saëns's music elsewhere.

Also agreeable enough is the Concertino of Germaine Tailleferre, a composer who gets more often into the history books as the only woman of Les six than into today's concert programmes in her own right. This would seem to be a pity. It may be that not much of the alleged jocularity of Les six
Read more is in evidence (any more than it was, necessarily, in later works of the other five), but a good deal of fastidious sound is, not least when a very understandable indebtedness to Ravel becomes evident in the more lyrical sections of the piece.

This is an interesting programme, played superbly by Zabaleta and well by the ORTF Orchestra.

-- Gramophone [1/1971, reviewing the original LP release of the Saint-Saëns and Tailleferre]


What a pleasure, after listening to a dozen versions of one over-recorded work and almost a score of some other, to come to a disc of entirely unfamiliar music. 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 and the recording is immaculate. You may probably think this well worth acquiring for the pleasure of the Boieldieu.

-- Gramophone [9/1961, reviewing the original LP release of the Boieldieu]
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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Harp in C major by François Boieldieu
Performer:  Nicanor Zabaleta (Harp)
Conductor:  Ernst Märzendorfer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1801; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 10/1959 
Morceau de Concert for Harp and Orchestra in G major, Op. 154 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Nicanor Zabaleta (Harp)
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1969 
Concertino for Harp and Orchestra by Germaine Tailleferre
Performer:  Nicanor Zabaleta (Harp)
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1969 
Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Guy Deplus (Clarinet), Hamisa Dor (Cello), Marguerite Vidal (Violin),
Nicanor Zabaleta (Harp), Monique Frasca-Colombier (Violin), Anka Moraver (Viola),
Christian Larde (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1966 

Customer Reviews

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 What happened February 4, 2014 By Jan Venter (Johannesburg, gauteng) See All My Reviews "Great disc BUT why did the Ginastera Concerto for harp get removed....a stupendous performance...the best .I still have the original DGG disc saddens me that I can not now replace the vinyl with a CD of all the original works...." Report Abuse
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