MusicWeb International One of the most grown-up review sites around

2021
57,473reviews
and more.. and still writing ...

 

Search MusicWeb Here

     
  
 







Acte Prealable Polish CDs

Presto Music CD retailer

International mailing


 
Founder: Len Mullenger                                    Editor in Chief:John Quinn             

Some items
to consider

 

paid for
advertisements

Acte Prealable Polish recordings

Forgotten Recordings
Forgotten Recordings
All Forgotten Records Reviews


TROUBADISC
Troubadisc Weinberg- TROCD01450

100th birthday of Mieczyslaw Weinberg on December 8, 2019.
Renate Eggbrecht has recorded all 3 violin Sonatas
All Troubadisc reviews


FOGHORN Classics

Alexandra-Quartet
Brahms String Quartets

All Foghorn Reviews


All HDTT reviews

Love-violin-NI6428
Salon Treasures from the Max Jaffa Library

 

 


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
   
Rob Barnett
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Contributing Editor
Ralph Moore
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
Postmaster
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger

 

Discs for review may be sent to:
Jonathan Woolf
76 Lushes Road
Loughton
Essex IG10 3QB
United Kingdom

jonathan_woolf@yahoo.co.uk


 

REVIEW
Plain text for smartphones & printers


Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and keep us afloat

 

New Releases

Naxos Classical
All Naxos reviews

Chandos recordings
All Chandos reviews

Hyperion recordings
All Hyperion reviews

Foghorn recordings
All Foghorn reviews

Troubadisc recordings
All Troubadisc reviews



all Bridge reviews


all cpo reviews

Divine Art recordings
Click to see New Releases
Get 10% off using code musicweb10
All Divine Art reviews

Eloquence recordings
All Eloquence reviews

Lyrita recordings
All Lyrita Reviews

 

Wyastone New Releases
Obtain 10% discount

Recordings of the Month

July 2022

John Luther Adams Houses of the Wind
John Luther Adams
Houses of the Wind

Horneman Alladin
Horneman Alladin

Stojowski piano concertos
Piano Concertos 1 & 2

Vaughan Williams on Brass


Yi Lin Jiang - Dualis I

June 2022


Beethoven Sonatas 29, 32


Orchestral Works


String Quartets Vol 1

 

 

Support us financially by purchasing this disc from
Alphonse HASSELMANS (1845-1912)
Harp Works
Chanson de Mai, Op. 40
Conte de Noël, Op. 33
Rêverie
Nocturne Op. 43
Gnomes, Op. 49
Ballade
Confidence for harp and cello, Op. 24
Valse de concert, Op. 4
Gitana, Op. 21
Prière for harp and cello
La Source, Op. 44
Rachel Talitman (harp)
Noé Nathorp (cello)
rec. no details supplied
HARP & COMPANY CD505034 [56:00]

Harp and Co are a small but very productive company and their speciality is unsurprisingly clear. At the heart of their catalogue of thirty-plus CDs is the harp and the harpist Rachel Talitman. This Belgian company, based in Brussels, is immersed in the repertoire of France and the Pays-Bas. They do however make forays further afield. Standing to one side from the more popular mixed recital of miniatures approach they will, as here, concentrate on one composer, as often as not. In this case we have eleven works by Alphonse Hasselmans, a nineteenth century Liègois. All but two are for harp alone.

The lively Chanson de Mai flows pleasingly along. Conte de Noël is, as the title suggests, more in the nature of a fantastic fairytale narrative as is Ballade. Reverie may be a dream but it is a melancholy one. The Nocturne is more tuneful than suggestive and there is even a hint of Spanish sultriness about it. Gnomes has charm and bass-deep grotesquerie about it. These Gnomes are cousins to Grieg's trolls from Peer Gynt. Valse de Concert resounds with delicacy and commandingly grand statements. Gitana plays with Iberian shadows and ancient courtly dances - coal black and glinting silver points. Talitman is joined by Noé Nathorp (cello) for Confidence and Prière. Each spins a long and toastily soulful legato over the harp's plangently decorous tracery. Prière is a touch sentimental. The disc ends with another harp solo, La Source. This has strong forward drive: urgency as well as romantic afflatus.

The music enjoys a very close-up recorded perspective. It's an agreeable effect and has unblushing impact. Talitman's harp positively basks in such microscopic attention. The supportive liner-note which sketches in the composer's life is in French and English.

The Harp & Co catalogue would be well worth exploring. I have not heard the following discs but if I get the opportunity to hear them I will report further: Jean-Michel Damase harp concertos (CD 5050-06), Andres harp concertos (CD 5050-09), Damase chamber music (CD 5050-18) and Jean Cras (CD 5050-24).

Rob Barnett