Franz Poenitz (1850-1912) was born Franz von Burkovitz, had a difficult childhood, fleeing from his father with his sister when he was very young. His mother had died in childbirth, and her sister took the children in. her husband the conductor Heinrich Poenitz quickly recognised Franz’s talent, and his father taught him violin, and he went on to become one of the most important composers for the harp. In 1876 he became one of the ‘Bayreuth Seven’, the group of harpists at the new Festspielhaus built to perform the works of Wagner in. He was a man of wide interests, skiing, hunting, angling and painting. He died in Berlin of complications following an appendectomy.
This release contains several works receiving their premiere recordings as well as a touching tribute by Alfred Holy (1866 - 1948) one of his colleagues in the Royal Court Opera in Berlin, a company Poenitz had been a member of for 50 years.
- Rare repertoire of interest to all harpists.
- World premiere recordings.