Harpblog has sung the praises of the Atlantic Harp Duo before, for their classy shows that are more than renditions of pieces on stage. They have evoked the lives of Chopin and George Sand, recounted fables, surrounded us with flamboyant rhythms of Spain and the French harp world. All their programmes are elegant, attractive and serious, and usually involve a significant extension of the harp duo literature. 'Celebrating Chopin', for example, includes three of the duo's own Chopin transcriptions, while 'Jean de la Fontaine' was the impetus for an entirely new work, Damien Luce's 'Serenade' for two harps. Their 'Latin Flair' programme features an important transcription Ravel’s 'Alborada del Gracioso', by Christophe Saunière, and two further lovely transcriptions by Elizabeth and Marta themselves: 'Danzon No. 2', by Arturo Marquez, and two further lovely transcriptions by Elizabeth and Marta themselves: 'Danzon No. 2', by Arturo Marquez; and '4 Piezas Españolas' by Manuel de Falla, whose first movement, 'Aragonesa', is featured as the Camac Voice this month. The creation and propagation of effective new repertoire is a particular responsibility for harpists, and the Atlantic Harp Duo are a fabulous example of how well it can be done.
We're delighted to have welcomed them at the Fifth Sweden Harp Days at the end of April, and equally we're very pleased they are our Camac Voice for May. As summer approaches, the Atlantic Duo are immersed in their most ambitious project to date: Ariadne Rediviva, a multi-media presentation about the mythological life of Ariadne. This project will receive its premiere at the World Harp Congress in Sydney in July, and involve no less than four new works for harp duo: 'Minotaure' by Stéphane Delplace, 'Naxos and the Journey with Dia' by Roger W. Petersen, 'Bacchus' by Damien Luce, and 'Stellae Saltantem' by Caroline Lizotte.
The Atlantic Harp Duo's Ariadne programme also includes some existing works - excitingly extending a meaningful focus in our repertoire, as well as being a great new idea. These pieces are: 'Ariadne Theseo' by Franck Villard, Debussy's 'Epigraphes antiques', and a duo arrangement of Schaffer's 'Labyrinth Dance', from 'Crown of Ariadne'. It's on a new level of scale for harp duo performance, and we can't wait to see the final results.
Atlantic Harp Duo - Ariadne Rediviva presentation from Atlantic Harp Duo on Vimeo. This video was done for the project's original crowdfunding campaign. It won't surprise you to hear that the campaign was a great success, and the video's well worth watching even now that its purpose has been fulfilled!