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  • Performer: Xavier de Maistre
  • Audio CD (15 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B00AYQHQ6Q
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,444 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Allegro vivace12:40Album Only
Listen  2. Piano Concerto in F Major, No. 19, K 459: Allegretto 7:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Piano Concerto in F Major, No. 19, K 459: Allegro assai 8:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Concerto for Flute and Harp in C Major, K 299: Allegro 9:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Andantino 7:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Concerto for Flute and Harp in C Major, K 299: Rondo (Allegro) 8:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sonata for Piano No.16 in C Major, K 545: Allegro 2:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sonata for Piano No.16 in C Major, K 545: Andante 4:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sonata for Piano No.16 in C Major, K 545: Rondo 1:500.99  Buy MP3 


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Acclaimed solo harpist, Xavier de Maistre, has gained reputation as one of the most extraordinary musicians of this generation. The harpist's first Mozart recording, including the concerto for harp & flute and transcriptions of piano works was recorded in Mozart's hometown with one of the most authoritative and renowned Mozart orchestras conducted by Ivor Bolton.

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SONY 88765439922; SONY - Italia; Classica Orchestrale per Arpa

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More Sugary than Syrup 8 Sep 2014
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Each age seeks to recreate Mozart in its own image or an approximation thereof. There's nothing wrong with that. Nor do I have any issue with transcriptions; Mozart himself indulged in this practice (to wit, K270 & K 314). Nevertheless, when these phenomena consign Mozart to the front half of a concert as warm-up fodder for a pot-boiler, or serve as dinner-music at the court of St Anna of Wintour, it's a call-to-arms where the Hague Convention does not apply.

Inured to horrors though I be, I was flummoxed when I learnt of this abomination of desolation. Monsters exist - here's proof. How could anyone so bowdlerise K 459 - a work of profundity - and with a crappy harp of all things? Should it not come with a box of after-dinner mints too? To add insult to injury, Xavier de Maistre - a demi-god of metrosexuals - looks ever so photogenic and swish as he graces this production; is this not a terminus of sorts? Nothing of Mozart's weaponized beauty and the tension it so generates can survive such an onslaught: it's death by saccharine. The same treatment is meted out to K 545. Ingrid Haebler, in her November 1965 recording of this masterpiece, channels eternity at full fathom five and beyond. Here, it's averted with the stench of so much Chanel in the air.

I enjoyed the performance of the Flute and Harp Concerto even if it is somewhat pacey - I have heard more profound accounts of the slow movement (such as Mozart Flute Concerto KV 315 & Flute & Harp Concerto KV 299). As ever, Ivor Bolton elicits a stylish response from the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg.

Respect yourself. Respect Mozart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer delight and pleasure ! 13 Oct 2013
By Ray
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I decided to purchase this CD after reading a newspaper review (Saturday Telegraph) and am so pleased that I did so !
The harpist is quite brilliant and talented and the CD is a joy to listen to. The works are well known to me and I have played the
flute for many years - the piano concerto is most pleasurable on my ears too. I really enjoyed the "whole" experience and have
bought already some of the harp soloist's other recordings !
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Nicholas Kenyon in his generally excellent "Pocket Guide to Mozart" says of the F major Piano Concerto K.459 that "it never ceases to amaze with its depth and power". "It is", he says, "a work of the highest seriousness". Well, everyone is entitled to his opinion but, I have to say, I have always thought of this concerto as one of the most lighthearted and emotionally direct of Mozart's concertos. From its strutting opening theme to its irrepressible finale, it is entirely delightful. Only the minor mode episodes in the slow movement cast a momentary shadow. I wonder if Mozart would have chosen this concerto to play at a concert he gave in October 1790 to mark the coronation of Leopold II as Holy Roman Emperor if he had shared Kenyon's view. When he was searching for a Mozart concerto to play, then, I am not surprised that Xavier de Maistre, principal harpist with the Vienna Philharmonic, chose K. 459. Maistre adds that this concerto "tends to exploit the upper end of the keyboard, a register in which the harp sounds strikingly clear and bell-like in tone."

Maistre also says that the first two movements of K. 459 "are easier to play than is the case with the concerto for flute and harp", implying that the finale caused a few problems. That is the impression that the performance on this disc gives. The first two movements go splendidly but the finale is taken a little more slowly than is ideal (it is marked "allegro assai"...very fast) and those wonderful contrapuntal passages for the orchestra do sound a little laboured. The harp also sounds underpowered when it enters with the low-lying split octaves after the central contrapuntal section. These reservations, however, are of no importance in the face of such superb music-making.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful recording 2 Oct 2013
By Fandango TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I have some of these pieces already in older recordings but this is a revelation. While I am not qualified enough to comment on the performance other than to say "lovely" what I have found here is a range of sound and tone which I have not heard before and which really was something of a discovery. Highly recommend.
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1.0 out of 5 stars More Sugary than Syrup 8 Sep 2014
By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon - Published on Amazon.com
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Each age seeks to recreate Mozart in its own image or an approximation thereof. There's nothing wrong with that. Nor do I have any issue with transcriptions; Mozart himself indulged in this practice (to wit, K270 & K 314). Nevertheless, when these phenomena consign Mozart to the front half of a concert as warm-up fodder for a pot-boiler, or serve as dinner-music at the court of St Anna of Wintour, it's a call-to-arms where the Hague Convention does not apply.

Inured to horrors though I be, I was flummoxed when I learnt of this abomination of desolation. Monsters exist - here's proof. How could anyone so bowdlerise K 459 - a work of profundity - and with a crappy harp of all things? Should it not come with a box of after-dinner mints too? To add insult to injury, Xavier de Maistre - a demi-god of metrosexuals - looks ever so photogenic and swish as he graces this production; is this not a terminus of sorts? Nothing of Mozart's weaponized beauty and the tension it so generates can survive such an onslaught: it's death by saccharine. The same treatment is meted out to K 545. Ingrid Haebler, in her November 1965 recording of this masterpiece, channels eternity at full fathom five and beyond. Here, it's averted with the stench of so much Chanel in the air.

I enjoyed the performance of the Flute and Harp Concerto even if it is somewhat pacey - I have heard more profound accounts of the slow movement (such as Mozart Flute Concerto KV 315 & Flute & Harp Concerto KV 299). As ever, Ivor Bolton elicits a stylish response from the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg.

Respect yourself. Respect Mozart.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Casual, not fully a Mozart style but the era that Mozart lived 10 Feb 2014
By xingang wang - Published on Amazon.com
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Music wise: Casual, not fully a Mozart style but the era that Mozart lived
Audio wise: too strong the harp, not balance with the orchestra
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