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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55128
Recording details: July 1981
Art Workers Guild, Queen Square, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: April 1986
Total duration: 7 minutes 7 seconds

'One is left marvelling at the range of effects obtainable and Susan Drake's expressiveness and fluency' (Gramophone)

'Lovely disc' (Fanfare, USA)

'Her technical mastery is total and astonishing' (Hi-Fi News)

'Seductively attractive' (The Records and Recording)

Divertissement, Op 36
composer

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Elias Parish-Alvars was born in Teignmouth, Devon, in 1808 and studied the harp with Théodore Labarre, François Dizi and Robert Bochsa before becoming the most celebrated performer of his day. He was greatly admired by Mendelssohn, and by Berlioz who called him ‘the Liszt of the harp’. He toured Europe from 1831 to 1836 and the near East from 1838 to 1841. His compositions include many of the national melodies of the countries he visited. He is reputed to have had a formidable technique (it is said that he played at sight, on the harp, the Chopin piano sonatas and the Beethoven and Hummel concertos) and many of his pieces must be among the most demanding in the harp’s literature. He was appointed chamber harpist to the Emperor of Austria in 1847 but died in Vienna only two years later of consumption.

from notes by Susan Drake © 1981

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