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Rodrigo, Boieldieu, Villa-Lobos: Harp Concertos / Catherine Michel

Villa Lobos / Almeida
Release Date: 07/26/2011 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186135  
Composer:  François BoieldieuHeitor Villa-LobosJoaquin RodrigoWolfgang Amadeus Mozart,   ... 
Performer:  Catherine Michel
Conductor:  Antonio de Almeida
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

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.

The performances are really very good, and have withstood the test of time very
Read more well (they date from 1973). Catherine Michel may not be a household name, but she plays very well indeed--crisply, with a limpid sonority and a minimum of "twang". Antonio de Almeida offers fine accompaniments. There's a touch of untidiness in the strings in the finale of the Villa-Lobos, which is understandable given the awkwardness of the writing, but this is a very minor point. The engineering was and remains excellent, though as usual with these faux-surround productions I only listen in stereo.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Harp in C major by François Boieldieu
Performer:  Catherine Michel (Harp)
Conductor:  Antonio de Almeida
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1801; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/1973 
Venue:  Monte Carlo 
2.
Concerto for Harp by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Catherine Michel (Harp)
Conductor:  Antonio de Almeida
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953 
Date of Recording: 12/1973 
Venue:  Monte Carlo 
3.
Concierto serenata for Harp by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Catherine Michel (Harp)
Conductor:  Antonio de Almeida
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; Spain 
Date of Recording: 12/1973 
Venue:  Monte Carlo 

Customer Reviews

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 Good Performance May 27, 2013 By Guering F. (West Orange, NJ) See All My Reviews "Although the music and execution is very well done, the audio engineering is not so great. The orchestra sometimes drowns the harp when it comes one after a harp solo in the Boieldieu suite." Report Abuse
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