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Track(s) taken from CDH55130
Recording details: December 1988
Kimpton Parish Church, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: September 1989
Total duration: 4 minutes 1 seconds

'Highly successful throughout are the playing and recording: both immaculate' (Gramophone)

Nocturne, Op 43
composer

Nocturne Op 43  [4'01]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Alphonse Hasselmans was born in Liège, Belgium, in 1845 and studied in Strasbourg with Gottlieb Krüger who himself had been a student of Parish-Alvars (see below). In 1884 he became professor of harp at the Paris Conservatoire, a position he held until his death in 1912. Hasselmans played a major role in the revival of interest in harp-playing towards the end of the nineteenth century. A good many compositions by other composers were inspired by his virtuoso playing and were dedicated to him, among them being Fauré’s Impromptu, Op 86. Hasselmans himself did not attach much importance to his own compositions but his charming salon pieces added greatly to the harp’s repertoire, not least in their technical value.

from notes by Susan Drake © 1989

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