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John Thomas: Welsh Music For Voice And Harps

Thomas / Morgan / Witsenburg
Release Date: 06/12/2012 
Label:  Globe   Catalog #: 5251   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  John Thomas
Performer:  Rachel Ann MorganEdward Witsenburg
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This album focuses on an area that held John Thomas’ attention throughout his career: a love for the traditional song from his native Wales. He wrote many arrangements for harp, with or without song; some of the nicest are collected on this album. Mezzo-soprano and harpist Rachel Ann Morgan has become internationally known for her concerts, in which she accompanies herself on the concert harp and the Celtic harp. She has performed in Japan, America, Canada, and Russia, as well as in many European countries. Edward Witsenburg is the doyen of Dutch harpists, with a career that extends over more than half a century. He continues the tradition set forth by celebrated Dutch harpist Rosa Spier, who was famous for her expressive style of playing. This album focuses on an area that held John Thomas’ attention throughout his career: a love for the traditional song from his native Wales. He wrote many arrangements for harp, with or without song; some of the nicest are collected on this album. Mezzo-soprano and harpist Rachel Ann Morgan has become internationally known for her concerts, in which she accompanies herself on the concert harp and the Celtic harp. She has performed in Japan, America, Canada, and Russia, as well as in many European countries. Edward Witsenburg is the doyen of Dutch harpists, with a career that extends over more than half a century. He continues the tradition set forth by celebrated Dutch harpist Rosa Spier, who was famous for her expressive style of playing. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Hela'r Sgyfarnog (Hunting the Hare), for harp duo by John Thomas
Performer:  Rachel Ann Morgan (Harp), Edward Witsenburg (Harp)
Written: 1886 
Venue:  Reformed Church, Markenbinnen, The Nethe 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
2.
Gogerddan, song for voice & harp by John Thomas
Performer:  Rachel Ann Morgan (), Rachel Ann Morgan (Harp)
Venue:  Reformed Church, Markenbinnen, The Nethe 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
3.
Gigue for harp duo (after Handel) by John Thomas
Performer:  Rachel Ann Morgan (Harp), Edward Witsenburg (Harp)
Venue:  Reformed Church, Markenbinnen, The Nethe 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
4.
La Primola (The Primrose), song for voice & harp by John Thomas
Performer:  Rachel Ann Morgan (Harp), Rachel Ann Morgan ()
Venue:  Reformed Church, Markenbinnen, The Nethe 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
5.
Cambria, medley of Welsh melodies for harp duo by John Thomas
Performer:  Edward Witsenburg (Harp), Rachel Ann Morgan (Harp)
Venue:  Reformed Church, Markenbinnen, The Nethe 
Length: 11 Minutes 2 Secs. 
6.
Ymadawiad y Brenin (The King's Departure), song for voice & harp by John Thomas
Performer:  Rachel Ann Morgan (Harp), Rachel Ann Morgan ()
Venue:  Reformed Church, Markenbinnen, The Nethe 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
7.
Serch Hudol (Love's Fascination), for harp duo by John Thomas
Performer:  Edward Witsenburg (Harp), Rachel Ann Morgan (Harp)
Venue:  Reformed Church, Markenbinnen, The Nethe 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
8.
Hob y deri dando, song for voice & harp by John Thomas
Performer:  Rachel Ann Morgan (), Rachel Ann Morgan (Harp)
Venue:  Reformed Church, Markenbinnen, The Nethe 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
9.
Souvenir du Nord, medley of Russian melodies for harp duo by John Thomas
Performer:  Rachel Ann Morgan (Harp), Edward Witsenburg (Harp)
Venue:  Reformed Church, Markenbinnen, The Nethe 
Length: 9 Minutes 33 Secs. 
10.
Dadl Dau (The Quarrelsome Couple), song for voice & harp by John Thomas
Performer:  Rachel Ann Morgan (Harp), Rachel Ann Morgan ()
Venue:  Reformed Church, Markenbinnen, The Nethe 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
11.
Ständchen (Serenade), for harp duo (after Schubert) by John Thomas
Performer:  Edward Witsenburg (Harp), Rachel Ann Morgan (Harp)
Venue:  Reformed Church, Markenbinnen, The Nethe 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
12.
Bedd Gelert (Gelert's Grave), song for voice & harp by John Thomas
Performer:  Rachel Ann Morgan (Harp), Rachel Ann Morgan ()
Venue:  Reformed Church, Markenbinnen, The Nethe 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
13.
Thou Art the Star, song for voice & harp by John Thomas
Performer:  Rachel Ann Morgan (Harp), Rachel Ann Morgan ()
Venue:  Reformed Church, Markenbinnen, The Nethe 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
14.
L'Adieu, for harp duo by John Thomas
Performer:  Rachel Ann Morgan (Harp), Edward Witsenburg (Harp)
Venue:  Reformed Church, Markenbinnen, The Nethe 
Length: 5 Minutes 38 Secs. 

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