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Les Amis: Music for harp by Debussy & Caplet / Elizabeth Hainen: harp; Jeffrey Khaner: flute; Roberto Diaz: viola

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : Danse sacree et danse profane
>Debussy, Claude : Petite suite for Piano 4 hands
>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
>Caplet, Andre : Divertissements, for harp
>Caplet, Andre : Conte Fantastique for harp & string quartet, "Masque of the Red Death"
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Principal Harpist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Elizabeth Hainen's first release for AVIE spanned three centuries of Harp Concertos. Her new Kickstarter-funded release, Les Amis, features a rare pairing of works by Claude Debussy and Andre Caplet, exploring the composers' friendship through their respective works Danse sacrée and Danse profane, and the evocative Masque of the Red Death, with Michael Stern and the IRIS Orchestra.

Fanfare
Elizabeth Hainen plays with impressive virtuosity.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
The album begins with the most heavenly performance I know of the Sacred and Profane Dances. Both the soloist and orchestra are ethereal, subtle, delicate, highly expressive, and they flow in a supremely balletic manner. Hainen's playing is seamless, with a rainbow of colors that glitter with resonant pedaling, yet her palette is always clear. Stern's gorgeous chamber orchestra, based near Memphis, brings out full harmonic richness. You need look no further for an interpretation. When Hainen opens the Petite Suite, the colors in 'En Bateau' are so rich I fully expect the orchestra to join in. Diaz's viola with its rich textures and gorgeous tone that is utterly astounding. Caplet's French Divertissement is more an exercise or etude with scales rather than melodies. She is never on autopilot. Masque of the Red Death is with string quartet.



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Works Details

>Debussy, Claude : Danse sacrée et danse profane
  • Performer: Elizabeth Hainen (Harp)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: IRIS Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 9 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Debussy, Claude : Petite suite for Piano 4 hands
  • Performers: Jeffrey Khaner (Flute); Elizabeth Hainen (Harp); Roberto Diaz (Viola)
  • Notes: Gould Hall, Curtis Institute of Music (03/28/2013-03/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1889

>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
  • Performers: Jeffrey Khaner (Flute); Elizabeth Hainen (Harp); Roberto Diaz (Viola)
  • Notes: Gould Hall, Curtis Institute of Music (03/28/2013-03/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>André Caplet (1878 - 1925) : Divertissements, for harp
  • Performers: Jeffrey Khaner (Flute); Elizabeth Hainen (Harp); Roberto Diaz (Viola)
  • Notes: Gould Hall, Curtis Institute of Music (03/28/2013-03/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>André Caplet (1878 - 1925) : Conte Fantastique for harp & string quartet, "Masque of the Red Death"
  • Performer: Elizabeth Hainen (Harp)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Running Time: 16 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908