Xavier De Maistre – Harpist Extraordinaire/RLPO

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Here’s a shot of yesterday’s RLPO rehearsal with two Frenchmen. Alexander Bloch conducting and harpist virtuoso extraordinaire, Xavier De Maistre, as our featured celebrity soloist (you will have to squint to see him behind the conductor!). In the first half, Xavier played the Concierto de Aranjuez by Rodrigo.

This work, of course, normally heard for guitar and orchestra, worked beautifully on the harp and the deserved ovation from the audience prompted a splendid encore of an arrangement for solo harp of the Carnaval de Venise for solo harp. In the second half Xavier played Deux Danses, by Debussy for solo harp and strings. The rest of the programme included Debussy’s ‘La Mer’ and two pieces by Ravel, ‘La Valse’ and ‘Alborada del Gracioso.’

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More tonight as the performance will be repeated at Liverpool Philharmonic hall…

Website of Xavier De Maistre

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One Response to Xavier De Maistre – Harpist Extraordinaire/RLPO

  1. I’m not sure what I was expecting – but he was bloody amazing! And I don’t think I’ve ever heard the hall go THAT quiet while a soloist is playing – nary a sweetie was unwrapped nor a splutter unfettered.

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