Marisa Robles

Biography

Born: May 4, 1937; Madrid, Spain  
Marisa Robles studied harp as a child with Luisa Menarguez, made her debut at age nine, and went on to graduate from the Madrid Conservatory in 1953 at the age of 16. The next year, she made her concert debut in Madrid, performing with Jean-Pierre Rampal in Mozart's Concerto for flute and harp, K. 299. The work would become her signature piece; she recorded it four times with James Galway and has performed it in concert more than 1,000 times over Read more the course of her career. Her time teaching at the Madrid Conservatory was brief: after joining the staff in 1958, she married and moved to England in 1959, eventually taking British citizenship. In England, Robles became known for television appearances, whereby she introduced harp music to new audiences. Between 1971 and 1993 she taught at the Royal College of Music, but also spent much time touring and performing around the world, including a 1988 trip to China. She has worked with such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Yehudi Menuhin. She also frequently performed chamber music, especially with her second husband, flutist Christopher Hyde-Smith. Her amiable stage personality and her warm, clear playing endeared her not only to audiences, both live and television, but also to composers. Among those who dedicated harp concertos to her were Manuel Moreno-Buendia, who wrote a concerto for her in 1958 and a second one for harp, marimba, and strings for her in 1994; Joaquín Rodrigo (Sones en la Giralda, 1963); Malcolm Williamson; Jesús Guridi; and John Metcalf. She has also been the dedicatee of chamber works by William Mathias, Stephen Dodgson, Alun Hoddinott, and William Alwyn. Robles was artistic director for the first two Cardiff World Harp Festivals in 1991 and 1994. Around the same time, she appeared in the Emmy-winning television series Concerto! with Galway and Michael Tilson Thomas, again performing the Mozart. In addition to her recordings of Mozart, she has recorded the music of Debussy and Rodrigo, an album of popular harp solos, and music by Edwin Robertson based on C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia with both Hyde-Smith and her own harp ensemble. Read less
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    James Galway - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 302633 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 73
    Composer:  Arthur Smith,  Various,  Traditional,  Stan Lebowsky  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Sylvia,  Marisa Robles,  Phillip Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  Eduardo Mata  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Galway Pops Orchestra  ... 
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    The Claude Debussy Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 193179 Release Date: 05/01/2012   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Gervase de Peyer,  Ann Murray,  Nathalie Stutzmann,  Leslie Caron  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Pierre Boulez,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Esa-Pekka Salonen
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    Eduardo Mata Edition Vol 1 - Mozart
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 30977 Release Date: 08/12/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emanuel Ax,  James Galway,  Marisa Robles
    Conductor:  Eduardo Mata
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  National Arts Centre Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Healing: Music To Soothe The Mind And Body
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001294002 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Claudio Arrau,  Heinrich Schiff,  Samuel Sanders,  András Schiff  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Richard Bonynge,  James Judd,  Karl Münchinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    James Galway - Celebrating 70: A Collection Of Personal Favorites
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 742201 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Albert Franz Doppler,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Elton John,  Henry Mancini  ... 
    Performer:  Phillip Moll,  Jeanne Galway,  James Galway,  Sarah Cunningham  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Gerhardt,  Vincent Fanuele,  Henry Mancini,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Galway Pops Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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    James Galway - Mozart
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63435 Release Date: 05/08/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  James Galway,  Kazuhide Isomura,  Sadao Harada,  Peter Oundjian  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Baumgartner,  Eduardo Mata,  André Prieur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet members,  Lucerne Festival Strings,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Ultimate Classical Dreams - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001280302 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Samuel Barber,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Marisa Robles,  Jack Brymer,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  David Zinman,  Frederick Fennell,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    World Of Harp
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 433869 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alphonse Hasselmans,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Marisa Robles
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    William Alwyn: Mirages, Naiades / Luxon, Willison
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 293 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  William Alwyn
    Performer:  Christopher Hyde-Smith,  Marisa Robles,  Sheila Randell,  Benjamin Luxon  ... 
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    James Galway Plays Mozart / Robles, Chamber Orch Of Europe
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 7861 Release Date: 04/18/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  James Galway,  Marisa Robles
    Conductor:  James Galway
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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    Relaxing Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000666502 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Gabriel Fauré,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Carlos Bonell,  Jorge Bolet,  Andrés Segovia,  Julian Lloyd Webber  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Enrique Jorda,  Karl Münchinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Symphony of the Air  ... 
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    The #1 Baroque Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000660302 Release Date: 08/08/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Pier Francesco Cavalli,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Andreas Scholl,  Barbara Bonney,  András Schiff  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Roger Norrington  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir  ... 
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    Peaceful Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000703002 Release Date: 07/04/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Erik Satie,  Maurice Ravel,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Lucia Popp,  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Pascal Rogé,  Jean-Yves Thibaudet  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Sir Colin Davis,  Charles Dutoit  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    The #1 Baroque Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4757492 Release Date: 07/03/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Henry Purcell,  Gregorio Allegri,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Bonney,  Alastair Hussain,  Andreas Scholl,  Eduardo Fernandez  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Stephen Cleobury,  Christophe Rousset,  George Malcolm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Les Talens Lyriques  ... 
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    Lovers' Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000615202 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Maurice Hasson,  Henryk Szeryng,  Marisa Robles  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Charles Dutoit,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 16.
    Mozart 250 - A Celebration
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 75944 Release Date: 02/07/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lin Cho-Liang,  Jaime Laredo,  Alicia De Larrocha,  James Galway  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Sir Colin Davis,  Eduardo Mata,  Erich Leinsdorf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 17.
    Harp Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000518402 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Rosetti,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Arvo Pärt,  Nino Rota  ... 
    Performer:  Naoko Yoshino,  Catherine Michel,  Gidon Kremer,  Marisa Robles  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio de Almeida,  Iona Brown,  Richard Bonynge,  Marcel Couraud  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Classic Library - Mozart: Flute Concertos / Galway, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 59409 Release Date: 04/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  James Galway,  Marisa Robles
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Heavenly Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000149602 Release Date: 11/04/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Marisa Robles,  Peter White,  Miklós Perényi,  Julian Lloyd Webber  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Agoult,  Sir Georg Solti,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Valery Gergiev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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    Midnight Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000030302 Release Date: 05/13/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Jacques Offenbach,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Kerr,  André Previn,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Rhondda Gillespie  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Riccardo Chailly,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Christopher Hogwood  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Salonisti,  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    Evening Adagios - Over 2 1/2 Hours Of Peaceful Evening Music
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470780 Release Date: 07/16/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Kjell Lysell,  Bengt Forsberg,  Mats Lidström,  Ulf Forsberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  István Kertész,  Riccardo Chailly,  George Malcolm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Vienna Haydn Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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  • 22.
    Essential Bach
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 466465 Release Date: 06/13/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Raymond Leppard,  András Schiff,  Alicia De Larrocha,  José Luis Garcia  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Raymond Agoult,  András Schiff,  Seiji Ozawa  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  New Symphony Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe  ... 
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    Galway: Sixty Years - Sixty Flute Masterpieces - Highlights
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63441 Release Date: 09/14/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Malcolm Arnold,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Oundjian,  Kazuhide Isomura,  Sadao Harada,  James Galway  ... 
    Conductor:  James Galway,  Lowell Liebermann,  Eduardo Mata,  Myung-Whun Chung  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet members,  Zagreb Soloists,  London Mozart Players  ... 
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    Ultrasound - Music For The Unborn Child
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63457 Release Date: 04/13/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky,  James Galway,  Marisa Robles,  Gerhard Oppitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov,  Arthur Fiedler,  James Galway,  Charles Gerhardt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra,  Boston Pops,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe  ... 
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    Mozart For Relaxation
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63329 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  James Galway,  Alicia De Larrocha,  Richard Stoltzman,  Tatiana Troyanos  ... 
    Conductor:  James Galway,  Sir Colin Davis,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Alexander Schneider  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Tokyo String Quartet  ... 
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Biography

Born: May 4, 1937; Madrid, Spain  
Marisa Robles studied harp as a child with Luisa Menarguez, made her debut at age nine, and went on to graduate from the Madrid Conservatory in 1953 at the age of 16. The next year, she made her concert debut in Madrid, performing with Jean-Pierre Rampal in Mozart's Concerto for flute and harp, K. 299. The work would become her signature piece; she recorded it four times with James Galway and has performed it in concert more than 1,000 times over Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Concerto for Flute & Harp, K.299 in C: Allegro
Andantino
Rondeau: Allegro
Concerto for Flute, Harp & Orchestra, K. 299 in C: Allegro
Andantino
Rondeau: Allegro
Concerto in C for Flute, Harp and Orchestra, K. 299: Allegro
Andantino
Allegro
Concerto for Flute and Harp, K. 299: Allegro
Andantino
Rondo: Allegro
Handel: Harp Concerto in B flat, Op.4, No.6, HWV 294 - 1. Andante allegro
Handel: Harp Concerto in B flat, Op.4, No.6, HWV 294 - 2. Larghetto
Handel: Harp Concerto in B flat, Op.4, No.6, HWV 294 - 3. Allegro moderato
Boiëldieu: Concerto for Harp and Orchestra in C - 1. Allegro brillante
Boiëldieu: Concerto for Harp and Orchestra in C - 2. Andante lento
Boiëldieu: Concerto for Harp and Orchestra in C - 3. Rondo (Allegro agitato)
Dittersdorf: Harp Concerto in A major - 1. Allegro molto
Dittersdorf: Harp Concerto in A major - 2. Larghetto
Dittersdorf: Harp Concerto in A major - 3. Rondeau: Allegretto