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Variations on 'The Carnival of Venice'


Franz Liszt considered Wilhelm Posse the greatest harpist after Parish-Alvars, and consulted him on the harp parts of his later orchestral works. He was born in Bromberg in 1852 and, after early musical training from his father, taught himself to play the harp. At the age of eight he appeared at the Italian Opera in Berlin accompanying Adelina Patti. He was solo harpist with the Berlin Philharmonic and Berlin Opera from 1872 to 1903, and taught at the Charlottenburger Hochschule in Berlin from 1890 to 1923, becoming ‘Royal Professor’ in 1910. He died in Berlin in 1925.

from notes by Susan Drake © 1983

Franz Liszt considérait Wilhelm Posse comme le plus grand harpiste après Parish-Alvars, et le consultait sur les parties de harpe de ses compositions pour orchestre. Posse naquit en 1852 à Bromberg et après une formation musicale précoce assurée par son père, il apprend seul à jouer de la harpe. Dès l’âge de huit ans, il fait son apparition à l’Opéra Italien de Berlin où il accompagne Adelina Patti. Harpiste soliste de l’Opéra de Berlin et du Philharmonique de 1872 à 1903, il enseigne à l’École Supérieure de Musique de Berlin de 1890 à 1923 et devient Professeur Royal en 1910. Il meurt à Berlin en 1925.

extrait des notes rédigées par Susan Drake © 1983
Français: Marie Luccheta

Franz Liszt hielt Wilhelm Posse für den größten Harfenspieler nach Parish-Alvars, und er beriet sich mit ihm über die Harfenstimmen in seinen späteren Orchesterwerken. Posse wurde 1852 in Bromberg geboren. Nach einer frühen musikalischen Ausbildung durch seinen Vater brachte er sich selbst das Harfenspiel bei. Im Alter von acht Jahren erschien er in der Italienischen Oper in Berlin, wo er Adelina Patti begleitete. Er war zwischen 1872–1903 Soloharfenist bei den Berliner Phiharmonikern und an der Berliner Oper. An der Charlottenburger Hochschule unterrichtete er von 1890 bis 1923, wo er 1910 zum „Königlichen Professor“ ernannt wurde. Er starb 1925 in Berlin.

aus dem Begleittext von Susan Drake © 1983
Deutsch: Elke Hockings


CDH55129Archive Service


Track 9 on CDH55129 [10'58] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDH55129 track 9

Recording date
10 October 1983
Recording venue
Art Workers Guild, Queen Square, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Arabesque (CDA66116)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: February 1988
    Deletion date: July 2003
    Superseded by CDH55129
  2. Arabesque (CDH55129)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: July 2003
    Deletion date: September 2016
    Archive Service
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