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Harp Showpieces - Grandjnay, Hasselmans, Etc / Judy Loman


Release Date: 02/20/2001 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554347   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Marcel GrandjanyAlphonse HasselmansJohn ParryHenriette Renié,   ... 
Performer:  Judy Loman
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Because many harp CDs feature transcriptions, soothing background arpeggios, and new age pluckery, we tend to forget that there's a big, wide, wonderful world of original solo harp works waiting to be embraced and enjoyed by wider audiences. Judy Loman, longtime principal harpist with the Toronto Symphony, has put together a recital of showpieces penned by 10 harpist-composers, all of whom wrote or write brilliantly and effectively for the instrument. These 10 works span three centuries and share a sense of emotional immediacy, textural inventiveness, and harmonic ingenuity that transcend mere virtuoso fluff. This applies to the tightly structured impressionism of Marcel Grandjany's Rhapsody, Carlos
Read more Salzedo's Scintillation, and the exotic evocations of Marcel Tournier's Images, as well as to Henriette Renié's shimmering étude Danse des Lutins. A pair of 18th-century sonatas by John Parry and Sophia Corri Dussek are especially appealing and tuneful, while the four-movement Classical Suite by Lyn Palmer (the only living composer represented) takes traditional dance movements like the Courante, Sarabande, and Gigue on an alluring spin through late Holst/early Britten country.


With a wide array of colors and articulations at her command, Loman's assured, vibrant artistry makes the best case for each of these works. Her mastery in voicing the music's foreground/background components often gives the illusion that two or more harpists are playing at the same time. What is more, Naxos' engineering is every bit as gorgeous as Loman's harp playing. Unless you're a harp phobic, I can't imagine anyone hearing this disc and not falling in love with it.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Rhapsodie for Harp, Op. 10 by Marcel Grandjany
Performer:  Judy Loman (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 
Length: 8 Minutes 17 Secs. 
2.
La Source, Op. 44 by Alphonse Hasselmans
Performer:  Judy Loman (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Harp no 2 in G major by John Parry
Performer:  Judy Loman (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1761; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 
Length: 6 Minutes 43 Secs. 
4.
Danse des Lutins by Henriette Renié
Performer:  Judy Loman (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
5.
Scintillation, Op. 31 by Carlos Salzedo
Performer:  Judy Loman (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 
Length: 10 Minutes 26 Secs. 
6.
Images no 3, Op. 35 by Marcel Tournier
Performer:  Judy Loman (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 
Length: 14 Minutes 31 Secs. 
7.
Sonatas (3) for Harp, Op. 2: no 3 in C minor D 14 by Sophia Corri Dussek
Performer:  Judy Loman (Harp)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1797; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 
Length: 7 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: This work was previously attributed to Jan Ladislav Dussek. 
8.
Suite for Harp "Classical" by Lynn Palmer
Performer:  Judy Loman (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 
Length: 9 Minutes 49 Secs. 
9.
Introduction, Cadenza and Rondo for Harp by Elias Parish Alvars
Performer:  Judy Loman (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 
Length: 7 Minutes 39 Secs. 
10.
The Minstrel's Adieu to his Native Land by John Thomas
Performer:  Judy Loman (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 
Length: 6 Minutes 23 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Rhapsodie
La Source
Sonata No. 2: Allegro
Sonata No. 2: Siciliana
Sonata No. 2: Allegro assai
Images: Suite No. 3, Op. 35: Les Anesses grises sur la route d'El Azib
Images: Suite No. 3, Op. 35: Danseuse a la fontaine
Images: Suite No. 3, Op. 35: Soir de fete a Sedjenane
Danse des Lutins
Sonata: Allegro
Sonata: Andantino
Sonata: Rondo-Allegro
Scintillation
Introduction, Cadenza and Rondo
Classical Suite: I. Prelude
Classical Suite: IV. Courante
Classical Suite: III. Sarabande
Classical Suite: VII. Gigue
The Minstrel's Adieu to his Native Land

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 what a bargain! February 8, 2014 By mike b. (burnaby, British Columbia) See All My Reviews "beautiful harp pieces and excellent sound. bargain price, couldn't ask for more." Report Abuse
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