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27 November 2022
Fresque Marine: Forgotten French Treasures for Harp, Volume 1

Alexander Rider (Erard harp)

An abundance of brilliant French harpists at the dawn of the last century led to composers in that country being galvanised to write for the harp as a solo instrument. Works by Debussy, Fauré, Ravel and Pierné are still the staple repertoire of harpists, but there exists much more music unjustly neglected and, until now, almost forgotten. Fresque Marine brings this music once more into the light, using the intimate and rich tones of an original French Erard concert harp, such as the composers would have heard in their aural imagination. The recital features music by such well-known harpist composers as Renié and Tournier, but also celebrates less well-known composers, particularly pieces by female composers, all brought forth in a kaleidoscope of subtle colours.

£11.16
WHR074CD

Auguste Chapuis: Harpe Éolienne

Auguste Chapuis: Carillon

Auguste Chapuis: David devant l'Arche

Henriette Renié: Promenade Matinale

I. Au loin, dans la verdure, la mer calme et mysterieuse…

II. Dans la campagne ensoleillée, la rosée scintille…

 

Henri Büsser: Impromptu sur des Airs Japonais

Henri Büsser: Ballade in A flat minor, Op. 65

Marcel Tournier: Fresque Marine, Op. 46

Jacques Pillois transcr. Marcel Grandjàny: Deux pièces

I. À la manière de Lully (Gavotte)

II. À la manière de Fauré (Romance sans paroles)

 

Odette de Montesquiou: Prélude

Marcelle Soulage: Petites pièces

I. Choral

II. Danse

 

Marcel Tournier: Le Rouet Enchanté, Op. 44

Recorded at 24-bit 192KHz resolution
Recorded in the Church of St Peter & St Mary, Fishbourne, West Sussex, UK on 27th-29th September 2021 (Tracks 1-6, 8-11 & 14) & 21st January 2022 (Tracks 7, 12 & 13)
Harp: Erard No. 2928, June 1902 
Cover Painting: Camilla Hessenberg - Infinite Dawn
Design: Hannah Whale, Fruition Creative Concepts & Willowhayne Records
Recording Engineering, Production & Editing: Mark Hartt-Palmer
Assistant Producer: Michael Walsh
Release Date: June 2022

Alexander Rider studied with Gabriella Dall’Olio and Frances Kelly, and was then a scholarship student of Imogen Barford at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama. From here, he graduated with distinction, and was subsequently honoured with a Guildhall Artists’ Fellowship.

With interests encompassing period performance to the newest music, Alexander freelances with major ensembles throughout the United Kingdom. These include the BBC Concert Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, London Chamber Orchestra, Ballet Rambert, the Aurora Orchestra, English Touring Opera, Brighton Philharmonic, Chroma, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and the Academy of Ancient Music. 

As a soloist, Alexander is noted for his affinity with French music at the turn of the last century, and for his work on original instruments of the period. Using an Erard harp built in 1902, Alexander has made painstaking research into the époque and given numerous lectures and recitals to great acclaim. He has lectured at the World Harp Congress in Cardiff, for the Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest), The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the Harp on Wight Festival. He is delighted to have recorded this first volume of forgotten French treasures for harp for Willowhayne Records, with further volumes to be recorded in 2022 and 2023.

WHR074     View Booklet     UPC: 5060742690209

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