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Notte Veneziana / Xavier De Maistre


Release Date: 03/13/2012 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 93773  
Composer:  Antonio VivaldiAlessandro MarcelloElias Parish AlvarsTomaso Albinoni,   ... 
Performer:  Xavier De Maistre
Conductor:  Werner Ehrhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte del Mondo
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The internationally successful harp virtuoso plays well-known concertos by the Venetian composers Vivaldi, Marcello and Albinoni in new arrangements, combining them with original compositions for solo harp such as the sonata by Giovanni Pescetti, Godefroid's stunning set of variations on the popular tune "Carnaval de Venise", and "La Mandoline" by 19th-century composer Elias Parish Alvars.

Xavier de Maistre's aim is to make the listener forget completely that most of the Baroque concertos heard here were not originally written for the harp, but for different melody instruments. He finds it fascinating to bring out new timbres in the arrangements, some of which he pens himself. Vivaldi's famous concerto
Read more "Winter", in particular, seems to him to be predestined for playing on the harp, and his interpretation does indeed present this often-heard work in a totally new guise.

“Xavier de Maistre is a virtuoso of the highest order, profoundly musical and capable of realizing a remarkable range of nuance.” – Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Guitar in D major by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Xavier De Maistre (Harp)
Conductor:  Werner Ehrhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte del Mondo
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/2011 
Venue:  Bayer Kulturhaus, Leverkusen, Germany 
2.
Concerto for Oboe in D minor by Alessandro Marcello
Performer:  Xavier De Maistre (Harp)
Conductor:  Werner Ehrhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte del Mondo
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1717; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/2011 
Venue:  Bayer Kulturhaus, Leverkusen, Germany 
3.
La Mandoline, Op. 84 by Elias Parish Alvars
Performer:  Xavier De Maistre (Harp)
Conductor:  Werner Ehrhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte del Mondo
Date of Recording: 04/2011 
Venue:  Bayer Kulturhaus, Leverkusen, Germany 
4.
Concerto for Violin in G major, Op. 3 no 3/RV 310 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Xavier De Maistre (Harp)
Conductor:  Werner Ehrhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte del Mondo
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/2011 
Venue:  Bayer Kulturhaus, Leverkusen, Germany 
5.
Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Xavier De Maistre (Harp)
Conductor:  Werner Ehrhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte del Mondo
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/2011 
Venue:  Bayer Kulturhaus, Leverkusen, Germany 
6.
Sonata for Harp in C minor by Giovanni B. Pescetti
Performer:  Xavier De Maistre (Harp)
Conductor:  Werner Ehrhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte del Mondo
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/2011 
Venue:  Bayer Kulturhaus, Leverkusen, Germany 
7.
Concerto for Violin in G major, Op. 7 no 8/RV 299 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Xavier De Maistre (Harp)
Conductor:  Werner Ehrhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte del Mondo
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1716-1721; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/2011 
Venue:  Bayer Kulturhaus, Leverkusen, Germany 
8.
Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Xavier De Maistre (Harp)
Conductor:  Werner Ehrhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte del Mondo
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/2011 
Venue:  Bayer Kulturhaus, Leverkusen, Germany 
9.
Carnaval de Venise by Félix Godefroid
Performer:  Xavier De Maistre (Harp)
Conductor:  Werner Ehrhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte del Mondo
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 04/2011 
Venue:  Bayer Kulturhaus, Leverkusen, Germany 

Featured Sound Samples

Chamber Concerto in D, RV 93 (Vivaldi): I. Allegro
Concerto in D minor (Marcello): I. Andante e spiccato

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Harp with orchestra  April 15, 2012 By Kathleen S. (Poulsbo, WA) See All My Reviews "Xavier De Maistre has accomplished his goal of arranging music for harp outside of it's expected role. The orchestra seemlessly surrounds the harp, putting it on a pedestal, as the featured sound. I feel so lucky to have this just released disc. The quality of recording and the artists are truely 5 stars. " Report Abuse
 stunning March 30, 2012 By Arthur  Papas (Weston, MA) See All My Reviews "Outstanding recording and performance!
Stunning musicality and "playmanship."
Quintessential musician.
Vivaldi, revivified.
anp"
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