Emmanuel Ceysson & Friends
  • Edinburgh International Festival

The French harpist presents a programme of music by French composers, designed to display the full beauty, power and complexity of the instrument.

The solo harp can seduce, inspire and astonish, and never more so than in music by French composers. Emmanuel Ceysson, multiple prize-winning soloist and principal harp of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, is determined to sweep away all the clichs of the instruments image.

Reviews praise his jubilant spirit (NY Concert Review), while comparing him and his harp to a human body and an instrument merged into one (Berlin Tagesspiegel). In this all-French programme, Ceysson includes solo versions of two beloved masterpieces involving the harp. Charles Debussys elegant and sensual Danse sacre et danse profane (Sacred and Profane Dances) contrasts with Maurice Ravels airily freespirited Introduction and Allegro.

Alongside them, Ceysson casts fresh light on works by some of their lesser-known contemporaries, including Henriette Reni, Andr Caplet, Marius Constant and Marcel Tournier.

Emmanuel Ceysson Harp

Rakhvinder Singh Violin

Emily Davis Violin

Ruth Gibson Viola

Christian Elliott Cello

Charlotte Ashton Flute

Maximiliano Martin Clarinet

Reni Ballade Fantastique

Caplet Conte Fantastique

Constant Harpalyce

Debussy Danse sacre et danse profane

Tournier Sonatine Op 30

Ravel Introduction and Allegro

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