We hardly need to introduce Emmanuel Ceysson: multi-award winning prodigy harpist, soloist at the Opéra national de Paris and now at the MET Opera in New York. His meteoric rise evokes that of the Frenchman Carlos Salzedo, born in the nineteenth century, who became in New York the greatest harpist of his time, and revolutionized the repertoire of his instrument.
This new album crosses the twentieth century in a program inspired by the Gothic, under the sign of mystery and fantasy.
The luminous Ballade de Salzedo resonates here with the works of famous composers: the impressionistic atmospheres of a Debussy shimmer, the fantastic settings of Caplet come to life, and the beauties of Hindemith's writing play the incredible sound palette of this instrument.
Powerful in the bass, crystalline in the treble, Emmanuel Ceysson's unusual red harp-conceived from Salzedo's harp himself-blossoms fully in virtuoso solo pieces as well as in dialogue with the strings of the Voce Quartet in the very Argentinian Quinteto Rojo of Gustavo Leone.
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HENRIETTE RENIÉ (1875-1956) 1. Ballade fantastique pour harpe
ANDRÉ CAPLET (1878-1925) 2. Conte fantastique
GUSTAVO LEONE (1956-) 3. Red Quintet
PAUL HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Sonate pour harpe 4. Mäßig schnell 5. Lebhaft 6. Sehr langsam, d’après « Ihr Freunschaft, hänget » (Hölty)
CARLOS SALZÉDO (1885-1961) Trois Morceaux pour harpe seule 7. « Ballade », n° 1
CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918) 8. Danse sacrée 9. Danse profane