Claudia Lucia Lamanna makes her recording debut, as part of the Royal Academy of Music Bicentenary Series, with a harp recital built around the leitmotif of variation.

The album opens with three masterpieces of the harp repertoire: the majestic Godefroid’s Carnival of Venice, the virtuoso Mchedelov’s Variations on a theme of Paganini and Salzedo’s Variations on a theme in the ancient style, performed here in its full, original and seldom-heard version.

Lamanna has arranged a charming work by the 18th-century Spanish composer Félix Máximo López, the Variaciones del fandango español, which was originally written for fortepiano; this composition has only recently been rediscovered and this new arrangement represents a fresh new addition to the harp repertoire.

The album closes with Bach’s sublime Chaconne which Lamanna has adapted, from the harp transcription made by Dewey Owens, to create a version free from the more romantic elements and closer in style and intention to the original version for solo violin.