Brussels Philharmonic | Anneleen Lenaerts: Nino Rota

Anneleen Lenaerts: Nino Rota

Mark your calendar! Our latest Warner Classics CD with Anneleen Lenaerts featuring music by Nino Rota is released on March 29.

Harpist Anneleen Lenaerts believes that Nino Rota, the Italian composer who died 40 years ago in April 1979, deserves to be known for more than his spectacular roster of scores for films such as Fellini’s La dolce vita, La strada and 8½, Visconti’s Il gattopardo, Coppola’s The Godfather, Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet and Vidor’s War and Peace.

On this album the Belgian harpist – who has been a principal with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra since 2010 – is joined by flautist Emmanuel Pahud, the Brussels Philharmonic and conductor Adrien Perruchon. The main work, Rota’s 1947 Harp Concerto, is complemented by his Sonata for Flute and Harp (1937) and Sarabanda and Toccata for Harp (1945). His unforgettable film scores are by no means out of the picture: Anneleen Lenaerts plays highlights from five of them in arrangements for harp and string orchestra by Daniel Cappelletti.

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Hear it live on stage? Brussels Philharmonic and Anneleen Lenaerts will play the Rota Harp Concerto live on May 7 in CC Hasselt and on May 8 in Concertgebouw Brugge.

Nino Rota would have wanted to be remembered with pure emotion, with a touch of nostalgia, optimism, and a healthy dose of humour. What could be better than to sweep an audience away and give them a moment of pure joy? For me, that is his most important musical message.
Anneleen Lenaerts