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Artemisia Harp/Violin Duo


This scheduled Trinity Laban Chapel Concert recital was replaced, without prior notice or any explanation, by a harp recital with piano accompaniment, the main works a Dittersdorf Harp Concerto and Ravel's Introduction & Allegro.

Unpromising in prospect, but in the event a wholly enjoyable experience for the substantial audience.

Getting it off "on the right foot", pianist David Knotts provided a discreet accompaniment (with little pedal !) which blended ideally with the delicate harp and left no regret for the missing orchestra.

Carmen Alcántara, Spanish harpist completing her Masters with Gabriella dall'Orio at TCM, had two solos, the more spectacular a Fantasie on a Haydn tune by Grandjany. No other instrument is as enjoyable to watch being played as the harp, which, I guess, is why so many young women take it up...

Finally, Ravel's Introduction & Allegro without the chamber ensemble!

Never before heard this way, it proved entirely viable and in this account with David Knotts imperturbably supplying all the instruments from Ravel's own two-piano version, truly satisfying ! Do listen to them playing it *.

Peter Grahame Woolf

* click and wait patiently for it to begin ! PGW