Reprise FC082

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Eleonore Pameijer – flute
Erika Waardenburg – harp

The program featured on this CD is almost exactly the same as the program performed at the Recital Hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam by flutist Hubert Barwahser and harpist Phia Berghout on April 28, 1951. It was the debut of the Duo Barwahser-Berghout and the beginning of a long-lasting collaboration. For this concert, the two musicians had commissioned six Dutch composers to write new works especially for them.

In 2006, Eleonore Pameijer and Erika Waardenburg developed the idea of studying these works and performing them during a ‘Replica Concert’. Their preparations for this project led them on a fascinating quest. A year earlier, Erika Waardenburg had been invited to become a member of the ‘Muiderkring’. This cultural society, consisting of scientists, academics, artists, industrialists and government officials, was founded in 1954 along the lines of the seventeeth-century Muiderkring, which developed around the famous Dutch poet P.C. Hooft (1581-1647). Pieter Cornelis Hooft, a governor and a judge, lived at the ‘Muiderslot’ (Muiden Castle) for forty years. Hooft found his life at the Muiderslot rather dull, which impelled him to often invite his artist friends for evenings filled with poetry, music and lectures.

Through her Muiderkring membership, Erika Waardenburg was given use of the Wurlitzer harp, once owned by legendary harpist Rosa Spier (1891-1961). During her life, Rosa Spier was a member of the Concertgebouw Orchestra and founder of the Dutch harp school. She also founded the Rosa Spier House, a safe haven for retired artists. She left her harp to her pupil and successor in the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Phia Berghout (1909-1993). Phia Berghout too, was a significant figure in Dutch musical life: she set up the international music center Queeckhoven in Breukelen, a place for foreign students to live and to participate in innumerable masterclasses and concerts. Phia Berghout became a member of the Muiderkring in 1971. When she died, she left the Wurlitzer harp to the Muiderkring stipulating that a harpist was always to be a member and to let him or her have the use of the instrument at all times. The fact that she was playing a very special historical harp made a huge impression on Erika Waardenburg. A hundred years of harp history overwhelmed her as she plucked its strings. Inspired by this, Erika immersed herself in the background of the Wurlitzer harp in general and in the history of Rosa Spier and Phia Berghout in particular. During this research, she happened upon the program of the concert given by Phia Berghout and Hubert Barwahser at the Recital Hall of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw on April 18, 1951. She contacted Eleonore and the rest, as they say, is history.

There was, however, one snag. If Erika was to play a Wurlitzer harp almost one-hundred-years old, it would not be proper for Eleonore to use her modern American flute. She needed an historic instrument too, preferably from the same era. Best of all, of course, would be to find Hubert Barwahser’s original flute itself. Eleonore started searching, approaching former pupils and colleagues of the flutist, seeking out the advice of flute builders and restorers alike. Ultimately, she learned that Hubert Barwahser’s widow was still alive and well. Mrs. Anneke Barwahser-Elte had kept her husband’s flute. When Eleonore called her, she asked Eleonore to come and visit her and try the instrument. The Wunderlich Flute had not been played for twenty years, but was still a beautiful instrument, a real ‘Zauberflöte’! Mrs. Barwahser decided to bestow the flute on Eleonore as a gift. Both harp and flute have since been fully restored.

Tracklist
1. Hendrik Andriessen (1892-1981) – Intermezzo (Flute and Harp, 1950)
Lex van Delden (1919-1988) – Duo Per Flauto Ed Arpa, Opus 27 (1950)
2. Marcia, Moderato
3. Allegretto, Scherzando
4. Rondo, Allegro
Theo Smit Sibinga (1899-1958) – Trois Images (Flute and Harp, 1954)
5. Dialogue (Faune et Gnome)
6. Le Coquelicot Enjôleur
7. L'étang Endormi et la Libellule
8. Marius Flothuis (1914-2001) – Pour Le Tombeau D'orphée, Danse Élégiaque Pour Harpe (1950)
9. Karel Mengelberg (1902-1984) – Soliloquio (Flute Solo, 1951)
Marius Flothuis (1914-2001) – Sonata Da Camera, Opus 42 (Flute and Harp, 1951)
10. Molto tranquillo
11. Vivace
12. Lento
13. Allegro comodo
14. Henk Badings (1907-1987) – Ballade (Flute and Harp, 1950)

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