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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: 1 minutes 47 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)

Prelude, Op 52
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Prelude Op 52  [1'47]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Alphonse Hasselmans was born in Liège, Belgium, in 1845 and studied in Strasbourg, Germany, with Gottlieb Kruger who himself had been a student of Parish-Alvars. 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 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 © 1981

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