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The Romantic Harp / Yolanda Kondonassis


Release Date: 01/28/2003 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80581   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giacomo PucciniMarcel GrandjanyErnesto LecuonaGabriel Fauré,   ... 
Performer:  Yolanda Kondonassis
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

I have to confess, I love harp recitals, and I can't imagine a more gorgeously played or recorded one than this. Okay, I suppose that Yolanda Kondonassis had to include the transcription of Musetta's Waltz for its popularity value, and it still works better the way Puccini originally wrote it, but the three other transcriptions--Lecuona's Malagueña, Fauré's Après un rêve, and Debussy's Valse Romantique--all sound splendid, and the original pieces (there's much more good harp music out there than you might think) are stupendous.

Best, and longest, is the quarter-hour Variations sur un theme dans le style ancien by Carlos Salzedo, a delightful romp through several centuries of music culminating in a
Read more thrilling cadenza. Marcel Grandjany's Rhapsodie joins classic pieces by Saint-Saëns (Fantasie) and Pierné (Impromptu-Caprice) to offer a veritable clinic on the art of playing the modern harp. Kondonassis projects all of this music with consummate taste, virtuosity, liquid tone, and none of the "twang" that sometimes afflicts harp recitals much as squeaking fingers moving across the frets disturbs so many guitar performances.

In case you haven't seen or heard a modern harp up close, forget images of cute little angels and tinkling little strings. The real instrument is a multi-pedaled behemoth more like the sounding board of a grand piano tilted vertically--and it makes a huge sound, one that Telarc has captured with devastating impact.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
La Bohème: Quando m'en vo' soletta "Musetta's Waltz" by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Yolanda Kondonassis (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/2001 
Venue:  Gordon Arts Center, Owings Mills, MD 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Yolanda Kondonassis 
2.
Rhapsodie for Harp, Op. 10 by Marcel Grandjany
Performer:  Yolanda Kondonassis (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 05/2001 
Venue:  Gordon Arts Center, Owings Mills, MD 
Length: 7 Minutes 59 Secs. 
3.
Andalucia "Suite Española": 6th movement, Malagueña by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Yolanda Kondonassis (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 05/2001 
Venue:  Gordon Arts Center, Owings Mills, MD 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Marcel Grandjany 
4.
Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Yolanda Kondonassis (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Date of Recording: 05/2001 
Venue:  Gordon Arts Center, Owings Mills, MD 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Yolanda Kondonassis 
5.
Variations for Harp on a theme in ancient style, Op. 30 by Carlos Salzedo
Performer:  Yolanda Kondonassis (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/2001 
Venue:  Gordon Arts Center, Owings Mills, MD 
Length: 14 Minutes 58 Secs. 
6.
Valse romantique by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Yolanda Kondonassis (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
Date of Recording: 05/2001 
Venue:  Gordon Arts Center, Owings Mills, MD 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Yolanda Kondonassis 
7.
Fantaisie for Harp, Op. 95 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Yolanda Kondonassis (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; France 
Date of Recording: 05/2001 
Venue:  Gordon Arts Center, Owings Mills, MD 
Length: 8 Minutes 51 Secs. 
8.
Suite of Eight Dances: no 7, Tango by Carlos Salzedo
Performer:  Yolanda Kondonassis (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/2001 
Venue:  Gordon Arts Center, Owings Mills, MD 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
9.
Impromptu-caprice for Harp in A flat major, Op. 9 by Gabriel Pierné
Performer:  Yolanda Kondonassis (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885/1900; France 
Date of Recording: 05/2001 
Venue:  Gordon Arts Center, Owings Mills, MD 
Length: 6 Minutes 3 Secs. 

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