"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 thisRead 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 Read less
Danse sacrée et danse profaneby Claude Debussy Performer:
Nicanor Zabaleta (Harp)
Period: 20th Century Written: 1904; France Length: 10 Minutes 46 Secs.
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Not to be Missed!October 26, 2012By 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