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Overture, Der Freischütz (10’)
MOZART transcr. DE MAISTRE
Piano Concerto No 19 in F, K459 (28’)
SCHUBERT ed. NEWBOULD
Suite Die Zauberharfe UK Premiere (c.40’)
ANDREW MANZE - Conductor
XAVIER DE MAISTRE - Harp
Mozart’s Concerto in F major, K459, played on the harp? De Maistre’s transcription produces such a wide range of colour and dynamics so elegantly, that you may be quickly persuaded into thinking this an original harp concerto.
The concert kicks off with another tenacious battle for good in the overture to Weber’s mystical opera about a hunter’s pact with the devil. After the interval, the UK Premiere of The Magic Harp, first performed in 1820! With the libretto now lost, Professor Brian Newbould has reconstructed the music into an orchestral suite packed with supernatural elements and melodrama.
Andrew Manze has rapidly emerged as one of the most stimulating and inspirational conductors ofhis generation. His extensive and scholarly knowledge of the repertoire together with his rare skill as a communicator and his boundless energy mark him out.
Born in Toulon, Xavier de Maistre studied the harp with Vassilia Briano at his local conservatoire, before perfecting his technique with Catherine Michel and Jacqueline Borot in Paris. He also studied in Sciences-Po Paris and then at the London School of Economics. In 1998 he was awarded first prize (and two interpretation prizes) at the prestigious USA International Harp Competition (Bloomington) and in the same year became the first French musician to be admitted at the Wiener Philharmoniker.