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Harpist Xavier de Maistre's brilliant first Mozart recording includes transcriptions of piano works recorded in the composer's hometown. Album of the Weekend, 27-28 July 2013.
Recorded in Salzburg, this album is French harpist Xavier de Maistre‘s personal homage to the peerless Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart .
In addition to the popular double concerto for flute and harp , de Maistre has recorded Mozart’s Piano Concerto in F major for the first time on the harp as well as the famous C major Sonata – also originally composed for the piano. Transcribing piano works for harp is a 19th century tradition that has been frowned on and forgotten, but de Maistre amply demonstrates that it's a tradition fit for revival.
By joining with Magali Mosnier, a French flautist, for the double a concerto he's also paying special homage to the composer - not only was the concerto written in Paris, it was originally composed for two French soloists.
The harp is accompanied splendidly throughout by the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg - one of the most renowned Mozart orchestras - conducted by Ivor Bolton.