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Golden Quadrilateral / Jennifer Hoult

Release Date: 12/22/2009 
Label:  Cd Baby   Catalog #: 5637587363  
Composer:  Carlos SalzedoNino RotaJean-B LoeilletRobert Schumann,   ... 
Performer:  Jennifer Hoult
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

GOLDEN QUADRILATERAL Jennifer Hoult (hp) JAH Music, no number (62: 49) Available from cdbaby.com/Artist/JenniferHoult.

SALZEDO Ballade. Traipsin’ Thru Arkansas. ROTA Sarabanda e Toccata. LOEILLET Toccata. SCHUMANN Träumerai. BACH Read more Chaconne. FAURÉ Une Châtelaine en sa tour. Romance sans Paroles. GODEFROID Carnival of Venice. DEBUSSY Claire de lune

Here we have one of those truly magical recordings that come along occasionally yet all too rarely, a gift of the heart from a true individualist sadly ignored by the major labels. Such a disc was cellist Zuill Bailey’s first CD, eventually issued on Denon, which he produced himself. Another was pianist Jill Crossland’s simply remarkable interpretation of Bach’s complete Well-Tempered Clavier on Signum (which I reviewed in Fanfare 32:2 and 33:4). I need not mention that Sharon Rostorf-Zamir’s first Lieder recital on Romeo Records ( Fanfare 31:5) simply blew me away when I reviewed it.

Perhaps by the very nature of her instrument, Jennifer Hoult benefits from the intimacy of hearing her on a recording in the comfort and smallish space of one’s living room, and I think she fully realized what she could do with such a semi-captive audience once the Play button was hit. She presents a smorgasbord of styles and moods so perfectly programmed that one is entranced from start to finish. Any meany-andrew out there grumbling about listening to “some lady harpist playing trifles” had better think again once this CD is finished, because Hoult so clearly loves her instrument, loves the music she plays, and enjoys tweaking her invisible audience by alternating little-known or complex pieces with all-time favorites that you can’t help but smile listening to her, and when the record is finished playing, you are in a better mood than when you started. I promise you will. And how could any CD be better than that?

One piece took me so much by surprise, in fact, that I burst out laughing. It seems that Carlos Salzedo’s Traipsin’ Thru Arkansas is a rewriting of that old pioneer and prospector favorite of the 19th century, Arkansas Traveler . Hoult’s tongue is planted so firmly in cheek that as you listen you can almost see her watch you to see you smile, and smile in return when you recognize it. I can’t say enough about her playing, as mood surpasses even technique, which is formidable. I hope she will not take it wrong when I compare her to Harpo Marx—who was, in fact, an outstanding self-taught musician who learned some of the serious harp literature after he retired from the movies. If there ever was a harpist who hypnotized his audience and made them smile every time he touched his instrument, it was Harpo.

For liner notes, Hoult uses a fairly long quote from Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past about music, “in which the sounds seem to follow the very movement of our being, to reproduce that extreme inner point of our sensation which is the part that gives us that particular exhilaration which we experience from time to time.” The sentence goes on a lot longer, as Proust’s sentences usually do, but you get the point. At least, I hope you do.

FANFARE: Lynn René Bayley
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Works on This Recording

Ballade for Harp, Op. 28 by Carlos Salzedo
Performer:  Jennifer Hoult (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; USA 
Concert Fantasy on "Traipsin' Through Arkansas", for harp by Carlos Salzedo
Performer:  Jennifer Hoult (Harp)
Period: Modern 
Written: United States of Ame 
Sarabande and Toccata for Harp by Nino Rota
Performer:  Jennifer Hoult (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; Italy 
Toccata for Harpsichord by Jean-B Loeillet
Performer:  Jennifer Hoult (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: London, England 
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Jennifer Hoult (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 5th movement, Chaconne by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jennifer Hoult (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Une châteleine en sa tour, Op. 110 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Jennifer Hoult (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; France 
Romances sans paroles (3) for Piano, Op. 17: Excerpt(s) by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Jennifer Hoult (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1863; France 
Carnaval de Venise by Félix Godefroid
Performer:  Jennifer Hoult (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jennifer Hoult (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 

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