Edward Witsenburg

Harp Music from Six Centuries

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Format: CD
Label: Globe
UPC: 8711525513303
Catnr: GLO 5133
Release date: 19 August 2002
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Globe
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8711525513303
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GLO 5133
Release date
19 August 2002
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An exceptional and unique album with music for solo harp ranging from the Middle Ages to today, performed on the instruments for which the compositions (many of them world premiere recordings!) were written! All of them are performed by Edward Witsenburg, who is considered to be one of the leading harpists in the world.

Witsenburg was born in Amsterdam and started studying with Phia Berghout when he was seventeen. He graduated 'cum laude' at the Amsterdam Conservatory. He subsequently played with several orchestras in the Netherlands, including the Residentie Orchestra. In 1957, he started teaching at the The Hague Conservatory, which he still does. He won one of the main prizes at the First International Harp Competition in Israel in 1959. He went on to study with the famous harpist Marcel Grandjany with financial support in the form of a grant from the Dutch government.

In 1965, Edward Witsenburg gave up all orchestral work in order to devote himself to solo playing, chamber music, and the pedagogics of harp playing. He educated several generations of successful young harpists and was rewarded with a professorate at the Salzburg Mozarteum. Since 1967 he has regularly been teaching harp courses in Wales, and in other countries too he is regarded as a key figure in that respect. In February 1995, for instance, he gave master classes and lectures in Australia; he also regularly gives lecture recitals where he demonstrates a selection of harps from his own collection of instruments which ranges from the Middle Ages until the present day.

From 1975 until 1981, Edward Witsenburg, at the request of Nikolaus Harnoncourt, cooperated in the Monteverdi performances at the Opernhaus in Zurich, which became events of international importance. Further cooperation with Harnoncourt resulted in - to mention just a few - performances of Handel's opera Giulio Cesare in Vienna, Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea at the Festspiele in Salzburg, Haydn's L'Anima del Filosofo, also in Vienna, and a memorable historical performance of Mozart's Concerto for flute and harp in Graz.

Apart from his interpretative and technical qualities Edward Witsenburg is also known to music lovers for his powerful tone, and with this last virtue he carries on the tradition handed to him by the late Dutch harpist Rosa Spier.

Zes eeuwen aan harpmuziek op 10 verschillende instrumenten
Dit is een uitzonderlijk en uniek album met muziek voor harp reikend van de Middeleeuwen tot aan de 20e eeuw, uitgevoerd op de instrumenten waarvoor de werken zijn gecomponeerd. Bovendien worden veel van de composities voor de eerste keer opgenomen!

De werken worden uitgevoerd door Edward Witsenburg, een van 's werelds meest vooraanstaande harpisten. Zijn Harp Recital uit 1990 is nog steeds een van de best verkochte albums. Witsenburg studeerde cum laude af aan het Conservatorium van Amsterdam, en speelde vervolgens bij verschillende Nederlandse orkesten, waaronder het Residentie Orkest. In 1965 gaf hij het orkestwerk op om zich volledig toe te wijden aan solowerken, kamermuziek, en de pedagogie van het harp spelen. Hij onderwees verschillende generaties van succesvolle jonge harpisten en werd op het Salzburg Mozarteum beloond met een professoraat. Samenwerkingen met Nikolaus Harnoncourt resulteerden in memorabele uitvoeringen van onder andere L’Incoronazione di Poppea van Monteverdi en het Concert voor fluit en harp van Mozart. Witsenburg staat bij muziekliefhebbers bekend om zijn interpretatieve en technische kwaliteiten, en zijn krachtige klank. Met deze laatste kwaliteit zet hij de traditie voort die de harpiste Rosa Spier aan hem overhandigde.

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