Internationally acclaimed harpist Xavier de Maistre has recorded a new album of Spanish music, titled Serenata Española. Released Jan. 12, 2018, the recording features Mexican-Spanish flamenco dancer and legendary castanet player Lucera Teno, who de Maistre says “embodies the real Spain in all its temperamental uniqueness, its grandezza, its melancholy, its energy.” Their arrangements span three centuries of Spanish music, from works by baroque composer Antonio Soler to the iconic “Spanish Dance no. 1” by Manuel de Falla, from his opera La Vida Breve. This album makes for de Maistre’s sixth CD produced by Sony Classical. His diverse recordings include an album of romantic music for solo harp and Notte Veneziana, a compilation of baroque concerti written by Venetian composers and arranged for harp, which entered the top ten in classical music charts.
In addition to recording and solo performances that take him around the globe, de Maistre’s many credits include first prize at the 4th USA International Harp Competition in Bloomington, Indiana, and 12 years as harpist with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he left in 2010. He has also taught at the Hamburg Academy of Music since 2001.