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Solo Harp: The Best of Yolanda Kondonassis / Pierne, Grandjany, Bach Salzedo et al.

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>Pierné, Gabriel : Impromptu-caprice for Harp in A flat major, Op. 9
>Grandjany, Marcel : Rhapsodie, for harp, Op. 10
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite, BWV 996
>     Prelude; Presto
>Salzedo, Carlos : Song in the Night
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Fantaisie for harp in A minor, Op. 95
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne 3
>Salzedo, Carlos : Scintillation, for harp
>Gershwin, George : Three Preludes
>     Prelude no 2
>Hasselmans, Alphonse : La Source, Op. 44
>Salzedo, Carlos : Rumba, for harp (from "Suite of Eight Dances")
>Salzedo, Carlos : Suite of Eight Dances
>     Bolero

Album Summary

>Pierné, Gabriel : Impromptu-caprice for Harp in A flat major, Op. 9
>Grandjany, Marcel : Rhapsodie, for harp, Op. 10
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite, BWV 996
>Salzedo, Carlos : Song in the Night
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Fantaisie for harp in A minor, Op. 95
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne 3
>Salzedo, Carlos : Scintillation, for harp
>Gershwin, George : Three Preludes
>Hasselmans, Alphonse : La Source, Op. 44
>Salzedo, Carlos : Rumba, for harp (from "Suite of Eight Dances")
>Salzedo, Carlos : Suite of Eight Dances
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Yolanda Kondonassis is celebrated as one of the world's premiere solo harpists. This "extraordinary virtuosa" has performed around the globe as a concerto soloist and in recital, appearing with numerous major orchestras such as The New York Philharmonic and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. With fifteen albums and well over 100,000 recordings sold worldwide, Ms. Kondonassis' extensive discography includes her recent Grammy-nominated release of music by Takemitsu and Debussy entitled Air. "Miraculous is Kondonassis' playing." - ClassicsToday.com "Yolanda Kondonassis is sheer luminescence at the harp... " - American Record Guide

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
This album simply confirms what I've believed over the years: she is the best harpist alive, and also was the best-recorded, thanks to Telarc. The titles alone of both the works and the albums prove her versatility; the performances prove she is a master of many styles, from Bach to Gershwin, from romantic classics to rumbas and boleros South American- style. Her work is mellow, bright-eyed, terraced, and incredibly subtle. Textures are clear, lucid, and transparent. She is the queen of both musical flow and of use of the pedal - no other harpist has mastered both sustaining resonance and clearing the palate like Kondonassis.



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Works Details

>Gabriel Pierné (1863 - 1937) : Impromptu-caprice for Harp in A flat major, Op. 9
  • Performer: Yolanda Kondonassis (Harp)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Grandjany, Marcel : Rhapsodie, for harp, Op. 10
  • Performer: Yolanda Kondonassis (Harp)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite, BWV 996 :: Prelude; Presto
  • Performer: Yolanda Kondonassis (Harp)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: after 1712

>Carlos Salzédo (Composer) (1885 - 1961) : Song in the Night
  • Performer: Yolanda Kondonassis (Harp)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921-1953

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Fantaisie for harp in A minor, Op. 95
  • Performer: Yolanda Kondonassis (Harp)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne 3
  • Performer: Yolanda Kondonassis (Harp)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Carlos Salzédo (Composer) (1885 - 1961) : Scintillation, for harp
  • Performer: Yolanda Kondonassis (Harp)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Gershwin, George : Three Preludes :: Prelude no 2
  • Performer: Yolanda Kondonassis (Harp)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Hasselmans, Alphonse : La Source, Op. 44
  • Performer: Yolanda Kondonassis (Harp)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Carlos Salzédo (Composer) (1885 - 1961) : Rumba, for harp (from "Suite of Eight Dances")
  • Performer: Yolanda Kondonassis (Harp)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Carlos Salzédo (Composer) (1885 - 1961) : Suite of Eight Dances :: Bolero
  • Performer: Yolanda Kondonassis (Harp)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943