Sunday, December 26, 2010

Harp Concerto from RAI

Villa-Lobos's Harp Concerto, written in 1953 for Nicanor Zabaleta, should be much better known than it is.  Letizia Belmondo is the harpist in this May 2010 RAI concert from Torino. The first movement begins in the 2nd minute of this clip, and the other movements are also available: 2, 3, 4.

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  1. Today (January 14) is the anniversary of the premiere of the Harp Concerto. Nicanor Zabaleta, who commissioned the piece, played it for the first time with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1955, under the direction of the composer. The work is featured in today's Composer's Datebook from American Public Media: