The ‘enfant terrible’ of the harp


2 December 2017 – 7 p.m.
Tickets 14 to 18 € Book

After the performance, enjoy a complimentary glass of prosecco from the Italian wine producer, Colle Anese.

Colle Anese Prosecco

Gabriel PIERNÉ
Impromptu caprice
Henriette RENIÉ
Ballade fantastique
Jacques de LA PRESLE
Le Jardin mouillé
Théodore DUBOIS
Poèmes sylvestres: Les Myrtilles
Poèmes virgiliens: Le Léthé
Gabriel FAURÉ
Impromptu Op. 86
Emmanuel CEYSSON
Paraphrase sur Carmen de Bizet

Emmanuel Ceysson harp

In this programme, Emmanuel Ceysson brings together a number of different traditions present in Romantic music for harp. It offers a chance to discover fascinating works that are veritable declarations of independence on behalf of this extraordinary instrument. Centring on Henriette Renié’s Ballade fantastique (1912), a symphonic poem after Edgar Allan Poe, his programme includes repertory pieces representative of the nineteenth century, harp transcriptions of piano works, and pieces by members of the young French school of the early twentieth century. Through this selection, the audience will discover the narrative force of an instrument capable of expressing imagined archaism, unbridled virtuosity and assertive modernism.

With his powerful virtuoso playing, Emmanuel Ceysson, the ‘enfant terrible’ of the harp, sweeps away all the clichés associated with his instrument. Since 2005 he has been a presence at the leading venues on the international musical scene. As Principal Harp of the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Paris, he received the highest honours and distinctions, and gave regular masterclasses in France and in the course of his foreign tours. He was subsequently appointed Principal Harp of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York. His recordings ‘Opéra fantaisie’ and ‘Belle Époque’ received support from the Palazzetto Bru Zane.