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Toccata comes from the Italian word ‘toccare’, which means ‘to touch’. It refers to a rhythmic, energetic and lively musical form; also to a very physical approach to music making. Although those are not the qualities usually associated with the harp, the repertoire presented in this recording explores how those aspects are actually intrinsic to the instrument. It presents them centre stage, in a different light and far from the aristocratic salons with which it is often associated. Toccata is a journey through the centuries, and creates a new identity for the harp.”

Elisa Netzer


Elisa Netzer, Harp

The term ‘toccata’ is associated with virtuoso music demanding the utmost dexterity of its performer. Elisa Netzer, winner of the 2015
‘Suoni d’arpa’ International Harp Competition in Italy, presents a
wide-ranging programme which includes her own arrangement of one of Alessandro Scarlatti’s harpsichord toccatas, popular pieces such as Khachaturian’s Oriental Dance and Toccata, original works for harp such as Nino Rota’s attractively neo-Classical Sarabanda e Toccata and the premiere of the brand new Toccare composed for her by Swiss composer Stephan Hodel.

Listen to an extract from Rota's Sarabanda e Toccata:
About the Artist
Elisa Netzer | © Molina Visuals
Elisa Netzer is one of Switzerland’s leading young harpists. After making her debut at the prestigious Lucerne Festival in 2017 with a solo recital, she represented Switzerland at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong. She has given recitals in Hungary, Russia, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, the UK and Spain, and has appeared as guest soloist with many orchestras including the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini and the Orchestra Città di Vigevano. In 2013 she made her international solo debut in St Petersburg at the Hermitage Theatre with the Hermitage Orchestra, and was selected as a promising young soloist by the Musical Olympus Festival.
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