Catalogue No: TOCC0578EAN/UPC: 5060113445780Release Date: 03.11.2023Composer: John Thomas Artists: Duo Praxedis
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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 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.
Praxedis Hug-Rütti, harp
Praxedis Geneviève Hug, piano
Charles Gounod, arr. John Thomas
Charles Gounod, arr. John Thomas and Julius Benedict
Giuseppe Verdi arr. John Thomas
Six Gems from Verdi’s Operas (publ. 1857) (32:41)
Gioachino Rossini arr. John Thomas
Luigi Venzano arr. John Thomas
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