John Thomas: Complete Duos for Harp and Piano, Volume Four

Catalogue No: TOCC0582
EAN/UPC: 5060113445827
Release Date: 2024-04-05
Composer: John Thomas
Artists: Duo Praxedis

Harpist to Queen Victoria, the Welsh composer John Thomas (1826–1913) also wrote prolifically for his own instrument, both for solo harp and for duos of two harps or harp and piano – a combination where the different sounds of the two instruments enhance the clarity of the texture. Thomas’ original works use the elegant Romantic style of his own day, but he often drew on Welsh folksong for his inspiration and also left a generous legacy of transcriptions, especially of operatic favourites. Although some of his music was intended for the Victorian drawing room, other pieces require a virtuoso technique – and all of it has a thoroughly engaging melodic appeal.

Duo Praxedis
Praxedis Hug-Rütti, harp
Praxedis Geneviève Hug, piano

Listen To This Recording:

Luigi Arditi arr. John Thomas

  1. Il Bacio. Valse (1861) (3:46)

Giacomo Meyerbeer arr. John Thomas
Meyerbeer’s favorite Opera ‘Dinorah’ (1860) (22:22)

  1. No. 1, Shadow Air (5:24)
  2. No. 2, Cradle Song (5:48)
  3. No. 3, Fanciulle che il core (4:45)
  4. No. 4, Santa Maria (6:25)

Vincenzo Bellini arr. John Thomas

  1. Duet on Themes from ‘Norma’ (arr. 1884) (11:41)

Gioachino Rossini arr. John Thomas

  1. La Carità (6:26)

Luigi Arditi arr. John Thomas

  1. The Ilma Valse (arr. 1866) (3:05)
  2. L’Estasi. Valse (arr. 1867) (4:17)

John Thomas
Harp Concerto No. 1 (1847)

  1. Andantino (arr. 1854/1868) (6:57)

  1. March of the Welsh Fusiliers (1896) (3:42)

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