Sarah Christ · Harfe
about this recording:
This CD includes a selection of some of the most beautiful harp fantasies from opera literature. The collection represents a cross-section of the current standard opera repertoire. Represented are the “holy pillars” of the species which today form a characteristic part of every opera-house programme: the belcanto repertoire with Bellini and Donizetti, the French opera with Gounod, the Italian dramma giocosa with Mozart´s “Figaro”, the melodramma with Puccini´s “Tosca”, and finally German opera – in its different forms – with Wagner (music drama) and Humperdinck (fairy tale opera). The harp-players who extracted motifs and melodies from the most famous operas and created dreamlike miniatures from them knew what they were writing about.
Elias Parish Alvars
(1808 – 1849): Introduction & Variations on themes from Bellini‘s
opera „Norma“ for harp solo, op. 36
(1868 – 1936): Paraphrase from „Rheingold“ by Richard Wagner (First
Robert Nicola Charles Bochsa (1789 – 1856): Fantasia sull‘aria „Non so piú cosa son, cosa faccio“
dalle „Nozze di Figaro“ di Wolfgang Amadé Mozart
(1834 – 1910): Fantasie sur les motifs de l‘opera „Faust“ de
(1891 – 1975): Cadenza about „Lucia di Lammermoor“ by G. Donizetti
(1819 – 1895): Fantasie about „Hänsel & Gretel“ by E.
Humperdinck (First recording)
Elena Zaniboni (geb. 1939): Elaborazione per arpa sulla „Tosca“ di G. Puccini (First recording)