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Hovhaness: Concerto for Harp, etc / Kondonassis, et al

Album Summary

>Hovhaness, Alan : Spirit of Trees, sonata for harp & guitar, Op. 374
>Hovhaness, Alan : Concerto for harp & string orchestra, Op. 267
>Hovhaness, Alan : Upon Enchanted Ground, for flute, cello, giant tam-tam & harp, Op. 90
>Hovhaness, Alan : Sonata for harp, Op. 127
>Hovhaness, Alan : The Garden of Adonis, suite for flute & harp (or piano), Op. 245
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

While hardly "typical" of his work, this album of harp-based music displays the Hovhaness stamp in terms of organization, structure, etc. (his style, once identified, is instantly recognizable). It's the instrumentation that makes this unique. Yolanda Kondonassis is marvelous performer who obviously holds a great deal of affection for this music. One would expect harp music to be quiet, etherial and evocative; this recording does not disappoint. It creates a mood of quiet and mystery, suggesting images of misty forests and far-off shores, but with a depth that lifts it beyond mere new-age noodling and into the classical tradition.



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>Hovhaness, Alan : Spirit of Trees, sonata for harp & guitar, Op. 374
  • Performers: Yolanda Kondonassis (Harp); David Leisner (Guitar)
  • Notes: The Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City (04/29/1999-04/30/1999)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1983

>Hovhaness, Alan : Concerto for harp & string orchestra, Op. 267
  • Performer: Yolanda Kondonassis (Harp)
  • Conductor: Rudolf Werthen
  • Ensemble: I Fiamminghi
  • Notes: Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium (10/19/1998-10/20/1998)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1973

>Hovhaness, Alan : Upon Enchanted Ground, for flute, cello, giant tam-tam & harp, Op. 90
  • Performers: Herwig Coryn (Cello); Yolanda Kondonassis (Harp)
  • Notes: The Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City (04/29/1999-04/30/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Hovhaness, Alan : Sonata for harp, Op. 127
  • Performer: Yolanda Kondonassis (Harp)
  • Notes: The Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City (04/29/1999-04/30/1999)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Hovhaness, Alan : The Garden of Adonis, suite for flute & harp (or piano), Op. 245
  • Performers: Yolanda Kondonassis (Harp); Eugenia Zukerman (Flute)
  • Notes: The Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City (04/29/1999-04/30/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971