Xavier de Maistre and Les Art Florissants with rediscovered works
Xavier de Maistre © Jean-Baptiste MillotNews

Mention Marie Antoinette, and inevitably the guillotine springs to mind – one is less likely to think of the harp, which, according to courtiers’ accounts from the end of …

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Xavier de Maistre and Les Art Florissants with rediscovered works

25.03.2017

Mention Marie Antoinette, and inevitably the guillotine springs to mind – one is less likely to think of the harp, which, according to courtiers’ accounts from the end of the Ancien Régime, she played admirably. Thanks to Louis XVI’s queen and to her Austrian origins, a whole new and deliciously refined repertoire saw the light of day in Versailles, a repertoire that subsequently became known throughout Europe. To celebrate their first musical partnership, William Christie and Xavier de Maîstre have undertaken to revive these splendid works in a program full of charm and surprises. Audiences will discover Les Arts Florissants playing harp concertos by Jean-Baptiste Krumpholz and Johann David Hermann on authentic late 18th-century instruments.

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