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The World of the Harp
Carlos Salzedo, Mateo Albeniz, Isaac Albeniz
The World of the Harp
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Classical
 

      
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Harp Purity
Jim Allan | Toronto, ON Canada | 01/30/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Harp and nothing but harp, played by a world-famous harpist Susann McDonald.Thirteen pieces are played on the concert harp, two on the Paraguayan harp ("La Guabina" and "Llanos"), and one on the Irish harp (though this is actually a 2-piece set "Believe Me If All Those Endearing You Charms" and an "Irish Gigue". Tunes vary from 14th/15th century to contemporary, some very familiar, some not well known, mostly classical, a few traditional, with wondeful variations of volume within the pieces and contrasts of style between them. Susann McDonald plays everything with a firm, clear, fresh touch even on the most elaborate glissandos. The music flows and bubbles in cascades of sound. Subtle, unexpected variations in timing add to the excitement.Digitally recorded and mastered half-speed by genius sound engineer Stan Ricker, the result is unbelievably pure undistorted sound, as though Suzanne were sitting directly in front of you.Perfect both for background music and careful listening."