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Harp Recital - Gabriella Dall'Olio. Copyright (c) 2000 Claves Records

Of these two CDs, the contents of the first are mostly the work of real composers treating the harp as a member of the family of instruments - Britten, Hindemith, Roussel and Ginastera. This CD comes up fresh to reveal a voice liberated from shoals of glissandi and Czerny-like scales and arpeggios [listen - track 5, 1:00 - 1:50]. There is also a C.P.E. Bach Sonata here, transcribed and sounding delightful with its switch of instrument.

Marcel Tournier - Works for Harp. Copyright (c) 1998 Claves Records

The other CD devotes itself to the music of Marcel Tournier, and is a headache for me. His distinctive reputation as a composer, player and teacher suggests that this music is of a supreme quality. I fail to see it. Certainly he uses the instrument to the full extent of its capabilities, which may have blinded my search for freshness.

 

 

Copyright © 16 August 2000 Basil Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK

 

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