La Passione dell‘Opera

Sarah Christ · Harfe


First recordings!




sound samples

order no. CCD 143
EAN 4028183001436

about this recording:

This CD includes a selection of some of the most beautiful harp fantasies from opera literature. The collection represents a cross-section of the current standard opera repertoire. Represented are the “holy pillars” of the species which today form a characteristic part of every opera-house programme: the belcanto repertoire with Bellini and Donizetti, the French opera with Gounod, the Italian dramma giocosa with Mozart´s “Figaro”, the melodramma with Puccini´s “Tosca”, and finally German opera – in its different forms – with Wagner (music drama) and Humperdinck (fairy tale opera). The harp-players who extracted motifs and melodies from the most famous operas and created dreamlike miniatures from them knew what they were writing about.


Elias Parish Alvars (1808 – 1849): Introduction & Variations on themes from Bellini‘s opera „Norma“ for harp solo, op. 36

Johannes Snoer (1868 – 1936): Paraphrase from „Rheingold“ by Richard Wagner (First recording)

Robert Nicola Charles Bochsa (1789 – 1856): Fantasia sull‘aria „Non so piú cosa son, cosa faccio“ dalle „Nozze di Figaro“ di Wolfgang Amadé Mozart

Albert Zabel (1834 – 1910): Fantasie sur les motifs de l‘opera „Faust“ de Charles Gounod

Marcel Grandjany (1891 – 1975): Cadenza about „Lucia di Lammermoor“ by G. Donizetti

Charles Oberthür (1819 – 1895): Fantasie about „Hänsel & Gretel“ by E. Humperdinck (First recording)

Elena Zaniboni (geb. 1939): Elaborazione per arpa sulla „Tosca“ di G. Puccini (First recording)

sound samples (mp3):

1 Elias Parish Alvars: Introduction & Variations on themes from Bellini‘s opera „Norma“

2 Johannes Snoer: Paraphrase from „Rheingold“

3 Robert Nicola Charles Bochsa: Fantasia sull‘aria dalle „Nozze di Figaro“

4 Albert Zabel: Fantasie sur les motifs de l‘opera „Faust“ de Charles Gounod

5 Marcel Grandjany: Cadenza about „Lucia di Lammermoor“

6 Charles Oberthür: Fantasie about „Hänsel & Gretel“

7 Elena Zaniboni: Elaborazione per arpa sulla „Tosca“


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