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Performer: Xavier de Maistre

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StockholmHarp and Beethoven's Fifth Symphony

Harp and Beethoven's Fifth Symphony
Glière, Beethoven
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Nathalie Stutzmann; Xavier de Maistre
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Radiance and dazzle from Xavier de Maistre’s angelic harp

Xavier de Maistre © Felix Broede
A dynamic and dreamy concoction from the London Philharmonic under Lawrence Renes, with impeccable performances from harp virtuoso Xavier de Maistre and LPO Principal Flute Juliette Bausor.
****1
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Mälkki makes her mark in Saariaho, missed in Messiaen

Susanna Malkki © Simon Fowler
Mälkki triumphs in the subtleties of Saariaho, stumbles in the ecstasies of Messiaen. 
***11
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Xavier de Maistre plays a dazzling Aranjuez

Xavier de Maistre and the Belgrade Philharmonic © Marko Djokovic | Belgrade Philharmonic
Xavier de Maistre gave a stunning performance of the Concierto de Aranjuez in the version for harp and orchestra, plus Ligeti and Tchaikovsky's ultra-Romantic Manfred in Belgrade.
****1
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Gražinytė-Tyla's Childlike View of Heaven in Birmingham

Xavier de Maistre © Gregor Hohenberg
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra brought a fresh approach to Mahler's Fourth Symphony and the harp took centre stage for a change with a concerto première.  
***11
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A piquant program from Muti and the CSO

A successful night of flavorful pieces, including a harp concerto by Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera. 
****1
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The devotee of music: Diana Damrau in Washington DC

On Monday night the Eisenhower Theater at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts hosted a debut recital of internationally acclaimed German soprano Diana Damrau and her concert accompanist, French harpist Xavier de Maistre.
*****
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