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Ariadne Rediviva

by Atlantic Harp Duo

The rich imagery of Ariadne’s world and her experience of love and abandonment are the inspiration for the music of this album. Two harps bring to life these myths from Ancient Greece as well as the Mother Goose Tales by Maurice Ravel.
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1. To Invoke Pan, God of the Summer Wind; Ancient Epigraphs | Claude Debussy (Arr. for Harp Duo)
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2. Minotaur | Stéphane Delplace
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3. For the Dancer with Crotales; Ancient Epigraphs | Claude Debussy (Arr. for Harp Duo)
2:20 $0.59
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4. Labyrinth Dance; the Crown of Ariadne | R. Murray Schafer
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5. May the Night Be Favorable; Ancient Epigraphs | Claude Debussy (Arr. for Harp Duo)
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6. Naxos and the Journey with Dia | Roger W. Petersen
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7. Bacchus | Damien Luce
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8. For a Nameless Tomb; Ancient Epigraphs | Claude Debussy (Arr. for Harp Duo)
3:08 $0.59
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9. Stellae Saltantem | Caroline Lizotte
7:08 $1.59
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10. Sleeping Beauty's Pavane; Mother Goose | Maurice Ravel (Arr. for Harp Duo)
1:35 $0.59
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11. Little Thumbling; Mother Goose | Maurice Ravel (Arr. for Harp Duo)
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12. Empress of the Pagodas; Mother Goose | Maurice Ravel (Arr. for Harp Duo)
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13. Beauty and the Beast; Mother Goose | Maurice Ravel (Arr. for Harp Duo)
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14. The Fairy Garden; Mother Goose | Maurice Ravel (Arr. for Harp Duo)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Ariadne Rediviva

Ariadne’s tale of love and despair begins with her youth on the isle of Crete. When the Athenian hero Theseus makes his entrance onto her scene, she is instantly enamored. She deviously sneaks him a thread to help him navigate the labyrinth on his quest to slay the Minotaur – a fearsome cross between man and bull who lurks at the heart of the maze. After Theseus emerges victorious, Ariadne sets sail with him on his return to Athens, but along the way, the young lovers are forced to take refuge from a storm on the isle of Naxos.

Following the storm the next day, Ariadne awakens to find that The- seus has sailed on without her. The despair of abandonment is almost too great for her to bear, but just when she has given up hope on living she is saved by the jolly and resplendent figure of Bacchus – god of wine and fertility. He makes her his wife and presents her with a splendid gold crown at their wedding.
Alas, as with all mortals, Ariadne’s song must come to an end. Mourning her death, Bacchus launches her crown into the sky, where it becomes the corona borealis constellation. Thus immortalized, Ariadne rests, a cluster of stars up in the night sky, forever shining and dancing above, singing to our mortal souls from on high.

About the Music

The rich imagery of Ariadne’s world and her experience of love and abandonment are the inspiration for the music of this album. Debussy’s Épigraphes antiques sets the scene and plays the role of the muse who guides us through the tale. In the Minotaure, French composer Stéphane Delplace explores the warring inner natures of a creature who is at once man and beast. Originally written to be played by solo harp with taped recording, R. Murray Schafer’s Labyrinth Dance is heard here as a live duo. For Ariadne’s flight from Crete with her lover Theseus, American composer Roger Petersen portrays the storm that forced them to take cover on the isle of Naxos and forshadows Araidne’s abandonment in his Naxos and the Journey with Dia. Bacchus by French composer Damien Luce illustrates the carefree playfulness of Ariadne’s rescuer. At last, Canadian harpist/composer Caroline Lizotte brings the epic to a grand finale with Stellae Saltantem (Dancing Stars). Similar to compatriot Schafer, Lizotte calls upon the harpists to incorporate a collection of percussion instruments into their performance as well as to lend their own voices to the mix.

As an extra bonus, and continuing along the theme of myths and storytelling, the Atlantic Harp Duo presents their own transcription of Ravel’s much-loved Mother Goose suite.

Atlantic Harp Duo

Founded in 2007, the Atlantic Harp Duo was born from a shared friendship and love of the harp. Marta Power and Elizabeth Jaxon met while studying music in Paris and have been playing together ever since. Both native to the Great Lakes region of the United States, they have made their lives in France and the Netherlands. Besides perform- ing in concerts halls and at festivals in Europe, they regularly venture across the Atlantic to present their music in the U.S., Brazil, Thailand, and more.

Ariadne Rediviva is the third full album the duo have produced together. The program was originally conceived for a multidimension- al show of the same name which they premiered at the World Harp Congress in Australia in 2014. The show combines music with poetic narration and original artwork. As part of the project, the duo com- missed four new works from contemporary composers, expanding the repertoire for two harps in four ingeniously fresh directions. With the release of this album, the Atlantic Harp Duo is honored to bring their music and the story that inspired it to listeners everywhere.

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