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Fantasias & Fugues: Music for Harp, by Bach, Turina et al. / Katrina Szederkényi, harp

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
>Alvars, Elias Parish : Grand Fantasia and Virtuoso Variations on Italian Themes, for harp, Op. 57
>Kimbell, Michael : Ballade Arctique, for harp
>Turina, Joaquin : Toccata and Fugue for piano, Op. 50
>Renié, Henriette : Légende
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Born in Canada, harpist Katrina Szederkényi is an internationally acclaimed harpist, having won numerous prizes at competitions in Belgium, Hungary and Russia. A graduate of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, she also studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt. She is an active orchestra and chamber musician in addition to her solo recitals.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
This is much more than another easy-listening harp collection. The repertory is varied and challenging, from Bach's Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue to Michael Kimbell's complex narrative, Ballade Arctique, a world premiere written for Katrina Szederkenyi, who plays all these pieces with consummate delicacy and surprising colors. As the album's title implies, the harp is the most fantastical and wispy of instruments, yet also ideal for articulating complex architectures. Szederkenyi, an accomplished solo, orchestra, and chamber artist, understands both capabilities, as is evident in both her subtle playing and choice of repertory. My favorite is Turina's Toccata and Fugue, originally for piano, which attains a new evanescence on the harp. The recording is clear.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: iStrings Studio, Neulengbach, Austria (03/2014).



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
  • Performer: Katrina Szederkenyi (Harp)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1723

>Alvars, Elias Parish : Grand Fantasia and Virtuoso Variations on Italian Themes, for harp, Op. 57
  • Performer: Katrina Szederkenyi (Harp)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Kimbell, Michael : Ballade Arctique, for harp
  • Performer: Katrina Szederkenyi (Harp)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013

>Turina, Joaquin : Toccata and Fugue for piano, Op. 50
  • Performer: Katrina Szederkenyi (Harp)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1929

>Renié, Henriette : Légende
  • Performer: Katrina Szederkenyi (Harp)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern