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The Garden Of Peacocks / Swartz, Gemmell

Release Date: 02/24/2009 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 22539   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ottorino RespighiAndrew CreegganJohn ThomasBernard Andrès,   ... 
Performer:  Jennifer SwartzLori Gemmel
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Garden of Peacocks takes listeners on a fascinating journey through the ecelctic repertoire for the harp, beginning with the modern incarnation of the instrument in the early 19th-century through to the 21st century. Jennifer Swartz and Lori Gemmell, two of Canada’s foremost harp virtuosi, perform the selections on this recording, which include arrangements of well-known classical compositions alongside new works by Andy Creegan, Caroline Lizotte, and a transcription of an Eric Clapton tune.

The Garden of Peacocks begins with a transcription for two harps by former Los Angeles Philharmonic harpist Stanley Chaloupka of Respighi’s best known work, Ancient Airs and Dances. The title work on the CD, Le Jardin des Paons, is
Read more inspired by the mythological figures of Zeus and Hera and was composed in 1993 by Bernard Andrès, a prize-winning French harpist. Grand Duet was composed by John Thomas, a protége of Lord Byron’s daughter, around 1874 and is one of the first large-scale works for two harps.

The program shifts to three works that stretch the boundaries of the instrument:Caroline Lizotte’s Raga, commissioned in 2006 for Swartz and Judy Loman, is inspired by classical Indian music and takes listeners into an exotic world of rhythmic incantation, ornaments, glissandi and percussive effects. Going West, by Andy Creeggan of Barenaked Ladies fame, was commissioned by Swartz and Gemmell in 2007 with the request that he compose “cowboy music for harp”. The resulting piece incorprates Balinese, Indian, African and European influences together with musical references to the American West. The CD wraps up with a transcription for two harps of an Eric Clapton tune, Signe, by Kevin Fox.
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Works on This Recording

Ancient Airs and Dances: Excerpt(s) by Ottorino Respighi
Performer:  Jennifer Swartz (Harp), Lori Gemmel (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Italy 
Going West by Andrew Creeggan
Performer:  Jennifer Swartz (Harp), Lori Gemmel (Harp)
Duet for 2 Harps in E flat minor by John Thomas
Performer:  Jennifer Swartz (Harp), Lori Gemmel (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
Le jardin des paons by Bernard Andrès
Performer:  Jennifer Swartz (Harp), Lori Gemmel (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; France 
Raga, Op. 41 by Caroline Lizotte
Performer:  Jennifer Swartz (Harp), Lori Gemmel (Harp)
Period: Classical 
Signe by Eric Clapton
Performer:  Jennifer Swartz (Harp), Lori Gemmel (Harp)

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