NDR Kammerkonzert

Debussy / Fauré / Ravel / Caplet

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The sound of French harps

In 1905, Maurice Ravel received a pretty unusual commission: Érard, a leading manufacturer of pianos and pedal harps, ordered a composition from him for its new, fully chromatic harp. It goes without saying that this was a very appealing proposition for the master of transparent and refined instrumentation in the French style. Ravel's »Introduction and Allegro« inevitably became a kind of counterpart to Debussy's »Danse sacrée et profane«, which the latter had likewise written for a harp builder – in this case, for Érard's competitor Pleyel. Was it due to Ravel's work that it was the Érard model of harp that caught on in the future?


Wolfgang Ritter flute

Gaspare Buonomano clarinet

Anaëlle Tourret harp

Barbara Gruszczynska violin

Johannes Strake violin

Jan Larsen viola

Christopher Franzius violoncello


Claude Debussy
Sonate für Flöte, Viola und Harfe

Gabriel Fauré
Sicilienne op. 78
Après un rêve op. 7/1

Maurice Ravel
Introduction et Allegro für Flöte, Klarinette, Harfe und Streichquartett

André Caplet
Conte fantastique

Camille Saint-Saëns
Le cygne (Der Schwan) / aus: Le carnaval des animaux (Der Karneval der Tiere)
Romanze Des-Dur op. 37

Claude Debussy
Danse sacrée et danse profane / zwei Tänze für Harfe und Streichorchester


NDR Chamber Music Recitals at the Elbphilharmonie

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