Fantasies & Impromptus (2011)

Pierne, Spohr, Saint-Saens, Faure, Verdalle, Snoer, Roussel, Gliere

Lavinia Meijer

What prompts a composer to write fantasies and impromptus? And what do the fantasy, a free form, and the impromptu, originally an improvised poem, have in common? We know that Spohr was inspired by a young harpist who was later to become his wife. But did Fauré, as director of the Paris Conservatory, simply have no option than to write, because a compulsory solo piece was required for the harp class examinations? Was the marine officer Roussel influenced by his travels to distant shores? And were the fantasias by Saint-Saëns inspired by his great love of the Arab world? We can sometimes only guess. What we do know is that the harp has always appealed to the imagination, and that both fantasies and impromptus have inspired many composers to give free rein to their creative powers. (...) Lavinia Meijer ( from liner notes)

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Lavinia Meijer

Lavinia Meijer (born in South-Korea, 1983 and adopted into a Dutch family) started to play the harp at the age of 9. Within two years she was admissioned to study at the young talent class of the conservatory of Utrecht (Bachelor) and later at the conservatory of Amsterdam (Master). At both conservatories she graduated with Honours. Erika Waardenburg has been Lavinia’s principal teacher.

Her success at the conservatory of Amsterdam was a prelude on Lavinia’s career to come. She performed only contemporary compositions at her graduation concert, making a firm statement already: Lavinia is here to add new chapters to the history of music.

Besides performing the classic harp repertoire, Lavinia also experiments with electronic music, theatrical music, contemporary music, modern classics, jazz and pop. Several composers e.g. Paul Patterson (UK), Garrett Byrnes, and Jacob TV (Netherlands) have dedicated new compositions to her.

Already at a young age, Lavinia competed in several international harp competitions, winning prizes in the USA, France, Switserland, Israel, and Austria. Soon after her graduation Lavinia received the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship (London, 2006). In 2007 Lavinia was heralded as the “Rising Star” musician of her generation. She performed solo-recitals at concert halls like Musikverein (Vienna), Carnegie Hall (New York), Philharmonie (Köln), Jerusalem Theater, Seoul Arts Center, Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Cité-de-la-Musique (Paris), Konzerthus (Stockholm), and Symphony Hall (Birmingham, UK).

In 2009, at the young age of 26, Lavinia received the highest distinction for a classical musician in the Netherlands: the Dutch Music Prize. In 2011 she was the recipient of an Edison Award for her album Fantasies & Impromptus

As a featured soloist, Lavinia performed harp concertos with renowned orchestras, such as Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra Amsterdam, Israel Philharmonics, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Noord Nederlands Orkest, and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. She performed with conductors such as Thierry Fischer, Frans Brüggen, Hannu Lintu, Thomas Ades and Marco Boni.

Her broad interest to find new sounds on and new compositions for the harp has let her to meet the American composer Philip Glass in 2011. He invited her to his concert in Amsterdam where she performed his Metamorphosis I-V on the harp. “You are the special effect of this evening”, he told Lavinia after the show, and he supported Lavinia to record a full album of Glass’ compostions. The result was overwhelming. Metamorphosis/The Hours received mostly 5 star reviews (not just in the Dutch press), and reached the certified Platinum status within half a year.

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Fantasies & Impromptus (2011)

Pierne, Spohr, Saint-Saens, Faure, Verdalle, Snoer, Roussel, Gliere

Lavinia Meijer

    Opusklassiek

Lavinia Meijer bespeelt haar kostelijke instrument met het grootst denkbare gemak, alsof technische obstakels gewoon niet bestaan. (...) zij is de techniek voorbij en wil zich alleen maar bezig houden met de textuur van het stuk, met wat daarin is verborgen en hoe dát zo goed mogelijk, nee perfect, aan de oppervlakte te brengen. Dat is (...) toch de essentie van muziek maken. Beseft ze dat ze wereldklasse vertegenwoordigt? (...)

Opusklassiek

    Trouw

(…) Superharpiste Meijer slaat weer toe (…) De klank van het koninklijke instrument is wederom fantastisch opgenomen, prachtig in het laag, sprankelend in het hoog. (…) Muziek om direct verliefd op te worden vooral als die zo overrompelend gespeeld wordt als hier. (…) Heerlijke cd!

Trouw

    Audiophile Audition

(...) All the works are most lovely and superbly performed and recorded.(...)

Audiophile Audition

    MusicWeb

(…) one can only marvel at how Meijer brings out the distinct and individual flavours of each work.

MusicWeb

    SA-CD.net, Performance: 5 stars + Sonics: 5 stars

(...) The liquid quality of the strings...the flow and range of the textures and the whole harmonic structure of the harp instrument is beautifully captured. To sit and listen to Mrs. Meijer's gifted playing is a joy to behold. I guess the word "enraptured" comes to mind when listening to this disc. Her playing is simply superb. A great artist who keeps the listener entranced with the beauty of her playing and her art...but now...the recording does it complete justice. If you want to know how beautiful the harp is as an instrument...just listen to this disc. The harp sounds so much more real this time around...more free flowing and expansive. And whether she touches the strings gently or with force....all the subtle and not so subtle nuances are gorgeously captured via this pure Dsd recording. Thanks yet again to Channel Classics...for another gorgeous sacd with tremendous sound and playing working together in unison to bring us the best in classical music. Highly recommended

SA-CD.net

    American Record Guide

What is immediately striking about this album is how rich, clear, warm and “surround” the engineering is (…) whether the music is French, German or Russian, Meijer brings clarity to textures other players often clutter with excessive pedalling. (…) she keeps things clear by means of delineated phrasing, melodies that ride above accompaniment, and a kaleidoscope of colors and expressive subtleties.

American Record Guide

    HIFI+

Meijer is a class by herself here (...) there are not many discs that give me that ‘goosy-bump feeling’ but this is one of them. (...) The rich sonorous sound she creates is a beautiful thing that you must truly sample. (...)

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Fantasies & Impromptus (2011)

Pierne, Spohr, Saint-Saens, Faure, Verdalle, Snoer, Roussel, Gliere

Lavinia Meijer

Cables:Van den Hul T3 series
Digital Converters:Grimm A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Mastering Engineer:Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment:B&W 803 diamond series
Microphones:Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board:Rens Heijnis custom design
Producer:Jared Sacks
Recording Engineer:Jared Sacks
Recording location:Deventer Holland 2011
Recording Software:Pyramix bij Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate:DSD64
Speakers:Audiolab, Holland

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Impromptu-Caprice, Op.9
Pierne
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Fantaisie, Op. 35
Spohr
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Variations on ?Je suis encore dans mon printemps?, Op. 36
Spohr
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Saens - Fantaisie, Op. 95
Saint-Saens
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Impromptu, Op. 86
Faure
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Une châtelaine en sa tour?, Op. 110
Faure
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2nd Impromptu
Verdalle
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Fantasie u_ber das Niederländische Volkslied ?Wien Neerlandsch bloed?
Snoer
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Impromptu, Op. 21
Roussel
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Impromptu
Gliere
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