- Performer: Nicanor Zabaleta
- Conductor: Ernst Marzendorfer, Paul Kuentz
- Composer: Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Francois-Adrien Boieldieu, Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf, George Frederick Handel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, et al.
- Audio CD (March 14, 1995)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Deutsche Grammophon
- ASIN: B000001GLD
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,760 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The only weak link is the Mozart concerto, and weak only because there are so many good performances of the piece now available. I find the performance a bit stiff, but given the other recordings in this set and the low price, it's still a definite find for anyone who loves music for harp and orchestra.
Georg Friedrich Haendel's Concerto pour harpe et orchestre en si bemol majeur, op. 4 no. 6 has been a favorite of mine for over 20 years. It immediately transports me into a state of serenity. It is utterly beautiful with the wonderful support for the harp with the string instruments of the orchestra. The movements remain light, floating, and flowing.
Johann Georg Albrechtberger's Concerto pour harpe et orchestre en ut majeur is a perfect piece to follow the Handel piece since it has more integration of the orchestra into the piece but the harp holds its own amongst the orchestral textures. The influence of Handel seems evident, but this is not meant as a negative comment. On the contrary, the for six movements of this CD moving from Handel to Albrechtsberger is seemless.
Karl Ditters Von Dittersdorf's Concerto pour harpe et orchestre en la majeur has a Mozart sound with flowing harp scales supported by the orchestra. The piece ends with Rondeau: Allegretto that is upbeat energetic and fun. This is a great movement to have in the very center of the CD side 1 to keep the guest awake at your next party.
Maurice Ravel's Introduction et Allegro pour harpe, guatour a cordes, flute et clarinette is very different from the three composers that preceed him on the CD. They are baroque, full of flourish and fun. When we hear Ravel, the mood changes to lush romance.Read more ›
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This set is an absolute delight of great harp concerti performed with élan and flexibility. Highly recommended.Published 20 months ago by Col William Russell (ret)
The harp as instrument, never deserved such status of divine majesty during the existence of Nicanor Zabaleta. Read morePublished on October 1, 2010 by Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela
What a wonderfull world great music can take you to. This was just what a was looking for in harp music. Its just good music well played.Published on January 30, 2010 by daisy13