Maxine Eilander, Seattle
Large Nuovolone triple harp, smal Italian triple harp, German chromatic harp, small celtic harp and restoration of a single-action pedal harp
“…practising for a concert and it’s going to be great. I’m playing solo pieces on the Spanish harp – it sounds fantastic! It’s unbelievable too as a continuo instrument – everybody’s amazed by it.”
“ …. Just want to thank you for the repair and restoration. It was really worth it. The Welsh harp sounds as good as it did before and you can hardly see any change. You’ve done a brilliant job.”
“ … been rehearsing for ‘Ariadne’ in Boston. Just imagine – with the bray pins you can even hear me against the brass! K. likes the sound of your harp with her arias, and it’s altogether a good continuo instrument.”
“Thank you for lending me this instrument. But when is my triple going to be ready – I can’t play on any other harp any more.”
“Claus, from now on all my recordings will be on your harps.”
Große Nuovolone Tripelharfe, kleine italienische Tripelharfe
"The historical harps made by Claus Hüttel are for me simply the most resonant, sonorous and balanced historical harps around. I highly admire Hüttel’s craftmanship and expertise and his dedication to creating instruments of which its function in the music is very well understood.
It has been a thrilling experience to have a harp personally made for me and the process of talking through my wishes in regard to sound, design and decoration was such an exciting and supportive one.
And the result: two dream harps that I cherish deeply, travel with on my fortunate musical journeys and that keep inspiring me time after time!"
Live-Vorführung: Gwyneth Wentink: Ground in C minor by William Croft
Constance Allanic, Utrecht
Davidsharfe and large Nuovolone triple harp
“I have had the pleasure to play both Claus' Davidsharfe, and his Italian triple harps. In the former I love the dark velvety sound, and the beautiful craftmanship of this meticulous copy, in the latter it is the pure authenticity that enthrals me. Like the instrument makers of the 17th century and using historical methods Claus has created his own original harp, which I find historically completely convincing, both in sound and in design.
My own triple, which Claus decorated beautifully, and the plainer teaching harp at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam both have an outstanding descant which is crystal-clear, yet warm, and a delightfully gutty, nutty bass, which enables one to bring out all the voices in a polyphonic piece. This is how the 17th C. harps must have sounded! And each day I discover yet more exciting new sound colours in my harp...”
"yesterday I played the large King David harp (with full brays!) in France.
The journalist from Classicfm was so enthusiastic and made this video"
Renaissance triple harp
Harpist with the Freiburger Spielleyt
“Piano … organ ...miediaeval diatonic harp ... and now back to the whole range on the custom-made triple harp you have built for me: A long learning process! But practising is already paying off with a wonderfully silvery sound in the descant and the strong basses. And it is a pleasure to hold my harp and even just to look at it - many thanks, Claus!"
Johanna Seitz, Wuppertal
German chromatic harp, Spanish cross-strung harp, Opera triple harp, etc.
"….I have put slightly thinner strings on my Spanish harp. Now it sounds even more radiant in the descant. The musicians in the opera orchestra already thought it brilliant, and now even more so …”
“Today I saw your hook harp with the braying rod – it’s a dream!!! Optically and acoustically! I just had to tell you.“
Nuovolone triple harp
Maximilian studied historical harp at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Prof. Erika Waardenburg and with Prof. Mara Galassi at the Accademia Internazionale della Musica di Milano.
He has recorded many CDs and was nominated for the International Classic Music Award and the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik for his duo CD Viola Appassionata (2017). He has performed live on Radio Rai3 , Radio Klara, Concertzender Nederland , Polish National Radio, Bayerischer Rundfunk and France Musique. Maximilian regularly performs in solo recitals, theatre productions, baroque orchestras and chamber music ensembles all over Europe.
Monika Mandelartz, Hamburg
Large Nuovolone triple harp and gothic triple harp
"Most of all I love the clear sound of my triple harp and I’m still discovering new sounds all the time … even when I’m tuning I notice that I just have to listen for the overtones like with the harpsichord.
When I’m playing it’s such an overwhelming sea of sound that I even overhear the telephone – fantastic.“
“…finding time to talk to you and show you how your romanesque harp behaves. I’m sending you a demo – you’ll hear a bit of how we sing and how the harp sounds and marvellously integrates …”
Julia Seager Scott, Toronto
Castle Otway metal-strung harp
“I write you to tell you how happy I am with my new beautiful harp you made for me.
I am so impressed by the tone and response I get from the strings….…want you to know how my harp inspires me and makes me continue.”
Sound sample: Metal strung harp - "Planxty Sweeney"
sound sample: Nuovolone harp - "Improvisation on a Ciaccona Bass Line"
Sara Lackie, Montreal
Large Nuovolone triple harp and small Neapolitan triple harp
“Thank you so much for everything .. and for making me a wonderful instrument that I will love and treasure always. I’ll think of you on Saturday when all my friends come to visit us to see the harp for the first time.”
Tanja Vogrin, Graz
Small triple harp
(Photo Viktor Andriichenko)
By the way, I am so happy that my studen Elke Paternusch now has one of your harps too! I have not seen it live yet because of the corona restrictions but the recordings that she has made for her online lessons sound fantastic! It is a wonderful instrument - and Elke is over the moon! Thank you!
And the harp at the Konservatorium (in Graz) is in great condition - I was amazed that it had not gone out of tune at all even after standing in the closed school for more than two months! I find it great that your instruments are so stable and we can always rely on them. And the sound of the harp is blossoming wonderfully!