PIERRE THILLOY (b.1970): Concerto for 2 Harps and Orchestra “La Chute de l’Ange”, SAMUEL ZYMAN (b.1956): Harp Concerto, MANUEL MORENO-BUENDIA (b.1932): Concierto Neoclásico for 2 Harps and Strings.
Catalogue Number: 08S058
Reference: QP 247
Description: Thilloy’s 2010 concerto is a real kick: a fallen angel in its title and tempo indications Lontano e misterioso-Allegro diabolico, Largo oscuro and Allegro estroso (Fantasque) signifying an infernal portraiture supported by a score in the first two movements with ominous thudding bass drum, creepy pealing church bell, insistent rhythms thudding underneath flesh-scourging harp notes; the short finale pits an angelic pair of harps against demonic brass but all seems to come out OK in the end as this French composer suggests a 21st century Symphonie fantastique. Zyman’s neo-romantic concerto from 1994 has already appeared in these pages just over two years ago (04P012), which leaves Spanish composer Moreno-Buendia’s 2007 work whose title describes it perfectly - breezy and bright outer movements and calm central core with its melodic ideas plainly of the Iberian peninsula. Baltazar Juárez, Nicolás Tulliez (harps), Orquesta de Cámara de Bellas Artes; José Luis Castillo.