Mozart: Flute, Harp Concerto; Harp Arrangements /
Label: SONY CLASSICAL
Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Ivor Bolton, Magali Mosnier (flute), Xavier de Maistre (Harp)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major, K459 arranged for harp by Xavier de Maistre, Flute & Harp Concerto in C major, K299, Piano Sonata No. 16 in C major, K545 'Facile' arranged for harp by Xavier de Maistre,
Acclaimed solo harpist Xavier de Maistre has gained a reputation as one of the most extraordinary musicians of this generation. The harpist's first Mozart recording, including the concerto for harp & flute and transcriptions of piano works, was recorded in Mozart's hometown with one of the most authoritative and renowned Mozart orchestras conducted by Ivor Bolton Xavier is generally fêted as the artist who has managed to liberate the harp from its reputation for wonderful but very soft sounds, and establish it as a solo instrument in the concert hall. He has appeared with major orchestras under the direction of such eminent conductors as Riccardo Muti, André Previn or Simon Rattle. In 1998 he joined the prestigious Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra – a position which he left in summer 2010 in order to devote himself to his international solo career.