Magdalena Hoffmann - Nightscapes
Ottorino Respighi: Notturno Nr. 3 Ges-Dur +Frederic Chopin: Walzer Nr. 3, 14, 18; Nocturne Nr. 14 +Ildebrando Pizzetti: Sogno +Benjamin Britten: Suite für Harfe op. 83 +John Field: Nocturnes G-Dur & B-Dur +Henriette Renie: Danse des lutins +Clara Schumann: Nottuno F-Dur op. 6 Nr. 2 +Marcel Tournier: La Danse du Moujik +Fred Hersch: Nocturne für die linke Hand +Jean-Michel Damase: Fantaisie sur des motifs des Contes d'Hoffmann
With her debut on Deutsche Grammophon, harpist Magdalena Hoffmann delves into a deeply private, mysterious and magical world and at the same time discovers the theme of dance. Her album "NIGHTSCAPES" features pieces of austere beauty like Britten's Suite for Harp op. 83 or of lyrical moderation like Pizzetti's Sogno, but also folkloristic tones like Tournier's La Danse du Moujik. Magdalena Hoffmann skillfully combines original works for solo harp as well as compositions for piano that she has transcribed herself. "At night, everything becomes more intimate, more intimate, more multilayered," says the artist. "The darkness helps to turn the gaze inward, the soul stretches its wings - and the imagination, too. Be it in dreams or in all-nighters, the boundaries that the (all-)day sets for the mind now slowly dissolve." With NIGHTSCAPES, Magdalena Hoffmann succeeds in presenting the night in the most diverse facets, finding a personal as well as contemporary approach to music on one of the oldest and most sophisticated instruments in the world. "With the music on this album I want to use the harp to tell different nocturnal stories, to dance and dream through the night." - Magdalena Hoffmann Magdalena Hoffmann was born in Basel and took her first harp lessons at the age of six. She studied in Düsseldorf and at the Royal Academy of Music in London before completing her master's degree at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. in 2014, she became principal harpist with the Tyrolean Symphony Orchestra Innsbruck and began teaching concert harp at the Tyrolean State Conservatory the following year. Her outstanding talent as a soloist was recognized in 2016 with two special prizes at the prestigious ARD Music Competition in Munich. Two years later she took up the position of harpist in the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.