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Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Harp, K299

Magazine article Gramophone

Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Harp, K299

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Mozart

Concerto for Flute and Harp, K299 (ab). Piano Concerto No 19, K459 (b). Piano Sonata No 16, K545 (both arr de Maistre)

Xavier de Maistre hp (a) Magali Mosnier//(b) Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra / Ivor Bolton

Sony Classical [F] 88765 43992-2 (64' * DDD)

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Vienna Phil principal harpist plays Mozart arrangements

The Concerto in F major, K459, played on the harp! Is it possible? The last of the six (Nos 14-19) composed miraculously in the same year, 1784, is one in which the solo part, as Sony's photogenic soloist observes, 'tends to exploit the upper end of the keyboard, a register in which the harp sounds strikingly clear and bell-like in tone'. Interestingly, he has found 'that the first two movements of K459 are easier to perform than is the case with the Concerto for Flute and Harp' while noting it would be impossible to play the concerto note for note on a harp of Mozart's time. …

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