FOR HARP AND ORCHESTRA
Concerto for Harp and full symphony orchestra composed for Małgorzata Zalewska by Gary Guthman.
After its impressionistic introduction, a syncopated and jazzy rhythmic pulse from the orchestra, the orchestration is full-throttled with brass and percussion interspersed between the harp passages.
The second movement is by design thematic with full capacity of the instrument’s sonority. Taking advantage of the orchestral accompaniment, the structure of the harp solo is a combination of lush harmonies, expressed melodically with arpeggiated accompaniment - a 20th century approach and including an atmosphere taken from the Romantic era of composition, highlighted by jazz-inflected harmonies.
The third and final movement begins with the ‘pixie-like’ phrasings from the harp as the string section provides a delightful pizzicato backdrop. As the movement progresses, long-flowing phrases by the orchestra with 1st movement-like rhythmic recapitulated punctuations, give it a delightful mystique. The piece ends as the 2nd-half of the final movement returns to Slavic rhythms, culminating in a Carnival atmosphere of fireworks and celebration!
Full Orchestra :
Vn I, Vn II, Vl Vc, Cb,
Fl (1, 2), Ob. (1,2), Cl (1.2), Fg (1,2), Cor (1,2,3,4), Tr (1,2,3), Tbn (1,2,3), Tb
Timp, Perc (1,2)
„It was with great pride and pleasure to be the first to conduct this beautiful and complex Harp Concerto! ”
- Sławomir Chrzanowski
(Principal conductor and Artistic Director - Zabrze Philharmonic)
„This Concerto shines with all shades of colour and is instrumentally delightful. After the first few measures, where the flute and clarinet imperceptibly weave, we move into a world of peace and pure beauty. Along with complex and syncopated rhythms, the harmonies change quickly as both the musicians and audience are drawn into the piece as it develops.”
- Ewa Jaślar
(Harp Soloist - New York Harp Ensemble, President - Polish Harp Society)
As a soloist, she has performed with such noted artists as Francisco Araisa, Brigitte Balleys, Massimiliano Cialdi, Sławomir Chrzanowski, Claudio Ferrarini, Jose Maria Florencio, Chikara Imamura, Agnieszka Duczmal, Adrew M.Kurtz, Atsushi Nukii, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Wojciech Michniewski, Daniel Stabrawa, Tomasz Strahl, Małgorzata Walewska, Tadeusz Wojciechowski.
She has given a multitude of solo recitals and played with orchestras worldwide.
She has made over 50 various recordings for Decca, Dux, EMI, Hungarton, Pro Musica, Philips, Sony and the Polish Radio and Television labels..
At the request of the CAMAC, harp producer Joel Garnier, Zalewska took part in the promotional campaign for the Atlantide Harp, which resulted in her picture on the cover of prestigious magazines HARPA and HARP INTERNATIONAL.
Her CD "Harp Solo", on DUX label was entirely sponsored by the Polish Ministry of Art. Last album (DUX) entitled "Master&Margarita" is a masterpiece collection of modern pop music compositions and it was especially composed for her by American composer Gary Guthman.
Concerto Romantico, composed for her by Gary Guthman, was premiered on February 23, 2018 with the Zabrze Philharmonic under the baton of Sławomir Chrzanowski,