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Knights and angels
Isle of Noises
Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto
Alwyn Lyra Angelica*
R Strauss Don Juan
Lawrence Renes conductor
Juliette Bausor flute
Xavier de Maistre harp
London Philharmonic Orchestra
‘When chivalry lifted up her lance on high’: both Edward Elgar and Richard Strauss were master storytellers, and you can practically smell the testosterone when Strauss’s Don Juan leaps into red-blooded life. Elgar’s stirring early overture portrays a more courtly world, making it the perfect upbeat to Mozart’s stateliest concerto – a delightful showpiece for international harp virtuoso Xavier de Maistre and the LPO’s own Principal Flute Juliette Bausor. Then discover one of the real hidden treasures from our Isle of Noises: the neglected, radiantly poetic harp concerto Lyra Angelica by William Alwyn. It’s heavenly.
* Generously supported by the William Alwyn Foundation.
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