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Worth a closer listen: three new harp albums released

Worth a closer listen: three new harp albums released

Three distinct album releases have caught our eye this month. A harp and violin duo based in Texas, a Swiss mother–daughter team who have been working together for over 20 years, and a Grammy award–winning L.A. freelancer have all recently recorded harp music worth a...

Rochester Philharmonic releases album featuring Yolanda Kondonassis

Rochester Philharmonic releases album featuring Yolanda Kondonassis

The world premiere recording of Jennifer Higdon's Concerto for Harp, performed by Yolanda Kondonassis and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, is featured on the orchestra's new album American Rapture, released May 17. Under conductor Ward Stare, the recording also...

Anneleen Lenaerts releases album of works by Nino Rota

Anneleen Lenaerts releases album of works by Nino Rota

On March 29, Anneleen Lenaerts released her sixth album, highlighting the works of Nino Rota and featuring Emmanuel Pahud on flute and Adrien Perruchon conducting the Brussels Philharmonic. In addition to Rota’s harp concerto, the Sarabanda e Toccata, and his flute...

Sidsel Walstad releases debut album

Sidsel Walstad releases debut album

Sidsel Walstad released her debut album, Sidsel, on Oct. 12, 2018. An experimental record, the album features Walstad on electric harp, Arild Torvik on percussion, and Marcus Lewin on drums. “I am a classical harpist who has always listened to pop music,” says...

Xavier de Maistre releases new album of Spanish music

Xavier de Maistre releases new album of Spanish music

Internationally acclaimed harpist Xavier de Maistre has recorded a new album of Spanish music, titled Serenata Española. Released Jan. 12, 2018, the recording features Mexican-Spanish flamenco dancer and legendary castanet player Lucera Teno, who de Maistre says...

Uno Vesje releases new album of original works

Uno Vesje releases new album of original works

Norwegian harpist and composer Uno Vesje has released a new album of original works, titled Oslo(ve), for harp, strings, and flute. The chamber album contains a five-movement suite, a movement from his harp concerto, and Prelude No. 1.  “I have had the pleasure of...

Cristina Montes Mateo Releases Solo Album

Cristina Montes Mateo Releases Solo Album

Cristina Montes Mateo – Principal Harpist of the Valencia Opera House and Royal Harpist to the King and Queen of Spain – has just released her second solo album, "Voyage," with Cid Records. Winner of numerous harp competitions and awards, both international and...

Q and A with March to May

Q and A with March to May

Seattle harp and guitar duo March to May come out with their new album Through the Night on April 21. The "folk-tinged" duo featuring Beth Wesche on harp and Darren Guyaz on guitar got its start in 2012 and shortly after released their critically acclaimed Water's...

Q and A with Duo Scorpio

Q and A with Duo Scorpio

Duo Scorpio is back in the news with the release of their new album Two Bridges on the American Modern Recordings label. The new project features entirely original compositions for harp duo by composers Andy Akiho, Ferdinando DeSena, Christopher Dietz, Nico Muhly,...

Q and A with Elisa Thorn

Q and A with Elisa Thorn

Vancouver harpist Elisa Thorn came onto our radar when we noticed a writeup about her a few weeks ago in the Vancouver Sun. Thorn has just released "Hue," an improvisational recording based on the paintings of her father, Bruce Thorn. Thorn was drawn to creative...