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  • #105426
    unknown-user
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    I am looking for some CDs of brilliant harp players (not the odd ones, lol)

    #105427
    unknown-user
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    “brilliant harp players (not the odd ones, lol)”

    #105428
    joan-steinberg
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    Any recordings featring Elizabeth Hainen are top shelf.

    #105429
    unknown-user
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    As in,

    #105430
    unknown-user
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    Look for recordings by Judy Loman, Erica Goodman, Jennifer Swartz, Natalia Shameyeva, Anna Verkholantseva for classical.

    #105431
    paul-wren
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    Naoko Yoshino!

    #105432
    unknown-user
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    I have excellent recordings by Jude Mollenhauer (viola and harp), Judy
    Loman, Erica Goodman, Sara Cutler, Susan Miron, Alice Giles, Carlos
    Salzedo (the very best), Lucile Lawrence, Lily Laskine and many great
    lps. I have many more cds, but they tend to be disappointing. Best
    recording of the Bax Elegiac Trio: Kathleen Alister with Lucien Grujon
    and Walter Mony. It is awfully hard, I think, to plan and execute a
    recording so it comes off as well as you want.

    #105433
    unknown-user
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    I would say Judy Loman for sure. The recording of Lucile Lawrence is not the greatest quality in spite of the remaster. But she was truly an incredible musician. I would listen to it primarily for the musical phrasing which is exquisite. Elizabeth Hainen for sure. I also wouldn’t forget good old Mr. Zabaleta. He did it for decades and did it very well indeed……

    #105434
    unknown-user
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    I love the harpists that have already been listed as well! Some more of
    my favorites include Lily Laskine and Grandjany. Laskine’s phrasing,
    color, and dynamic range are a source of true inspiration! A legend
    indeed. Grandjany’s transcriptions and performances of Spanish guitar
    pieces have so much expressive focus and force. Jana Bouskova is an
    excellent choice, and her ornamentation of Baroque and Classical music
    serve as a model. I also appreciate the clean and articulate playing of
    Yolanda Kondonassis. Her CD’s have introduced me to a great deal of
    repertoire I may not have heard otherwise! (especially music of Alan
    Hovhannes). There are more harpists I love, so I may be back to list
    more! 🙂

    #105435
    tony-morosco
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    I was going to mention Yolanda Kondonassis as well.

    In addition I like the playing of Jane Yoon and Maria Luisa Rayan.

    #105436
    alexander-rider
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    I love the playing of Lily Laskine (harp concertos- erato label), Anna Verkholantseva ( her reocrding is the egan label) her playing of Kikta’s msuic for harp and violin is little short of spectacular- just breathtaking), Isabelle Moretti (introduction and allegro), Alice Giles (her “harfe solo” on the german label musikado; its stunning), Marisa Robles (her retrospective CD on decca; “the world of the harp”). I end by saying that,

    #105437
    erin-wood
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    Susann McDonald has lots of great CDs.

    #105438
    AnnLaura Tapia
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    Nobody has mentioned Xavier de Maistre. He has several excellent recordings available.

    #105439
    unknown-user
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    Just for the record, Heidi Lehwalder’s all-Salzedo recording was
    nominated for a Grammy for best performance equivalent. Nancy Allen’s
    was nominated for best production. Now Sara Schuster Ericsson was
    nominated for a best performance grammy. The only harpist who may have
    won one was Alice Chalifoux’s recording of the Debussy Danses.

    Of the harpists I have seen and heard perform live, Heidi Lehwalder was
    far and away the best and most exciting, especially in the Caplet
    Masque of the Red Death for harp and string quartet. It is unfortunate
    for us all she does not have more cds available, if any are at all. She
    also made an outstanding recording as a member of the Orpheus Trio,
    which included the Debussy Sonata and the Ravel Sonatine, in
    fantastical performances.

    #105440
    paul-wren
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    I totally agree.

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