Whispers of Tales

KTC 1760 . 1CD . 8711801017600 . 11/05/2022 . Etcetera Records

Whispers of Tales

  • Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
  • Marcel Tournier (1879-1951)
  • Michael Iwanowitsch Glinka (1804-1857)
  • Mila Balakirev
  • Benjamin Attahir
  • Albert Zabel
  • Frits Celis (1929-)
  • Henriette Renié
  • Alphnse Hasselmans
  • Felix Godefroid

Whispers of Tales

In the past, people knew how to brighten up long evenings without television, radio or social media. By telling tales to each other, the darkness didn’t seem so endless, and travels could be made all around the world - at least imaginary ones. To honour this ancient knowledge, I wanted to make a CD about musical tales.

Mathilde Wauters
Mathilde Wauters (29/12/1995) was born in Bruges into a family of musicians. She took her  first steps in the harp world at the age of five with her sister Emma. After this introduction to  the harp, she took lessons with Eline Groslot at the Stedelijk Conservatorium in Bruges. At  the age of 15, she was accepted at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp in the class of Sophie  Hallynck as a young talent. She obtained her Master’s degree there with highest distinction in 2017. Mathilde then perfected her skills at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in Isabelle Moretti’s class, where she obtained her Master’s Degree with  congratulations from the jury. Mathilde completes her training at the Orchestra Academy of  the Munich Philharmonic, where she performs under the direction of Valery Gergiev and is  accompanied by solo harpist Teresa Zimmermann. 

Mathilde was laureate of several national and international competitions, including the  international competition Félix Godefroid and the national competitions Harpegio and Belfius  Classics. She was also awarded a medal by the Union of Belgian Composers. In November 2013, Mathilde won 1st prize with unanimity of the jury in the Concours International Martine Géliot in Paris/Fontainebleau. At the prestigious 11th USA International Harp Competition in Bloomington in 2019, she won  the special prize for the best performance of the Concierto de Aranjuez on top of the Bronze Medal. 

Mathilde is supported by the non-profit organisation SWUK, of which she is a laureate in 2022. Starting in the 2022-2023 season, Mathilde is solo harpist of the Residentie Orchestra in The Hague. She has already gained orchestral experience at La Monnaie and the Schleswig-Holstein  Festival Orchestra. She also performs regularly with the HERMESensemble for contemporary music and the ensemble I Justiniani. Mathilde is a regular guest at the Arte Amanti festival and has played recitals for Camac, Middagconcerten Antwerpen (Young Masters) and the Kathedraalconcerten Brugge.

Mathilde regularly performs chamber music in duo with her sister Emma who is a harpist as well. Together, they explore duet repertoires from John Thomas to Karlheinz Stockhausen.  They performed in several venues, including Bozar in Brussels and Concertgebouw Brugge.


Track listing

1 Spanish Dance No. 1 from ‘La Vida Breve’ 04:01
artists: 'Mathilde Wauters'
composers: 'Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)'
2 Images, suite no. 4 - La volière magique 04:27
artists: 'Mathilde Wauters'
composers: 'Marcel Tournier (1879-1951)'
3 Images, suite no. 4 - Cloches sous la neige 02:06
artists: 'Mathilde Wauters'
composers: 'Marcel Tournier (1879-1951)'
4 Images, suite no. 4 - La danse du moujik 04:55
artists: 'Mathilde Wauters'
composers: 'Marcel Tournier (1879-1951)'
5 The Lark 04:55
artists: 'Mathilde Wauters'
composers: 'Michael Iwanowitsch Glinka (1804-1857)' 'Mila Balakirev'
6 De l’obscurité II 06:08
artists: 'Mathilde Wauters'
composers: 'Benjamin Attahir'
7 Fantaisie sur les motifs de l’opéra « Faust » de Ch. Gounod 12:29
artists: 'Mathilde Wauters'
composers: 'Albert Zabel'
8 Hymne aan August De Boeck van Merchtem 07:17
artists: 'Mathilde Wauters'
composers: 'Frits Celis (1929-)'
9 Ballade fantastique 12:09
artists: 'Mathilde Wauters'
composers: 'Henriette Renié'
10 Follets 03:10
artists: 'Mathilde Wauters'
composers: 'Alphnse Hasselmans'
11 La danse des Sylphes 07:33
artists: 'Mathilde Wauters'
composers: 'Felix Godefroid'