Launching Alexander Rider’s new CD “Fresque marine – Forgotten Jewels for Harp Volume 1”. Alexander will present a selection of French repertoire, played on a 1902 Erard harp.
CDs will be available to purchase at a discounted price.
Quite early on in Alexander Rider's “harp-life” he became fascinated with a number of important French harpists, historically speaking. Enigmatic figures, who fascinated and galvanised Debussy, Fauré, Ravel, Caplet, Vierne and many more to write for the harp.
Later, he was honoured to receive a Guildhall artist fellowship to research the life of one such harpist, Micheline Kahn (1889-1987) and all music associated with her. This led to many adventures in research, which are still ongoing. His work with Micheline led him to explore that wonderful flowering of harp literature that occurred in Paris at the turn of the last century.
Over years of intense fascination with this époque, Alexander has gathered from archive sources a number of little-known original (and one or two arranged) works for the harp. Having sifted through and studied all of these, he has found that with a few exceptions, these have never been recorded. Ravishing, substantial and impressionistic works, from some of the most popular composers writing for the harp… and largely speaking, we don’t know them.
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