Breathe: The Relaxing Harp

Breathe: The Relaxing Harp

by Yolanda Kondonassis
     
 

Breathe: The Relaxing Harp is a compilation featuring tracks from several albums by American harpist Yolanda Kondonassis. If one wonders why such a compilation should have been necessary, inasmuch as Kondonassis has mostly recorded thematic collections of short pieces (like Quietude) anyhow, the answer is that her recordings have been strong sellers.See more details below

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Breathe: The Relaxing Harp is a compilation featuring tracks from several albums by American harpist Yolanda Kondonassis. If one wonders why such a compilation should have been necessary, inasmuch as Kondonassis has mostly recorded thematic collections of short pieces (like Quietude) anyhow, the answer is that her recordings have been strong sellers. Harp music may be relaxing however it's played, but the hallmark of Kondonassis' playing is a strong, sweeping quality that brings out plenty of volume in the harp's difficult lower register. She is not a harpist of the "potted-palm" sort but is quite a dramatic player. Kondonassis is nicely matched with the engineers of the sonically sophisticated Telarc label, which provides her with a close-up, intimate sound environment that's really quite seductive. The ordering of works is intelligent here, with tonal pieces (Vivaldi, Bach, folk songs) serving as introduction and intermission between the deeper colorings of Post-Romantic French pieces (Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Satie) and related sounds. It might have been nice to include a work by the virtuoso harp composer Carlos Salzedo, whose music Kondonassis has played well in the past, but the even keel of the album as it stands is attractive. Given that even the most devoted Kondonassis fan is unlikely to have accumulated each of her releases, there should be a strong market for this one -- not only among her fans, but among general buyers looking for a relaxing nightcap to a day of music.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2006
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408067822
catalogNumber:
80678

Tracks

  1. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4), Op. 8/4, RV 297: Largo  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Yolanda Kondonassis  - Yolanda Kondonassis
  2. Petite suite (4), for piano, 4 hands (or orchestra), L. 65: En bateau (On the Boat)  - Claude Debussy  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Yolanda Kondonassis  - Yolanda Kondonassis
  3. Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3  - Claude Debussy  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Yolanda Kondonassis  - Yolanda Kondonassis
  4. Gymnopedie for piano No.1  - Erik Satie  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Yolanda Kondonassis  - Yolanda Kondonassis
  5. Pavane pour une infante défunte, for piano (or orchestra)  - Maurice Ravel  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Yolanda Kondonassis  - Yolanda Kondonassis
  6. Sonata for solo violin No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003: Andante  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Yolanda Kondonassis  - Yolanda Kondonassis
  7. Greensleeves, English folk song  - English Traditional  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Yolanda Kondonassis  - Yolanda Kondonassis
  8. Prelude for piano No. 4 in E minor, Op. 28/4, CT. 169  - Frédéric Chopin  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Yolanda Kondonassis  - Yolanda Kondonassis
  9. O Sleep, My Pretty Baby, carol (Spanish)  - Christmas Traditional  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Yolanda Kondonassis  - Yolanda Kondonassis
  10. Après un rêve ("Dans un sommeil"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1  - Gabriel Fauré  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Yolanda Kondonassis  - Yolanda Kondonassis
  11. Song without Words for piano No. 31 in E flat major, Op. 67/1  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Yolanda Kondonassis  - Yolanda Kondonassis
  12. Haru No Umi (Ocean in Springtime), for koto & shkauhachi (or violin)  - Michio Miyagi  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Yolanda Kondonassis  - Yolanda Kondonassis
  13. Notturno, for orchestra, P. 74  - Ottorino Respighi  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Yolanda Kondonassis  - Yolanda Kondonassis
  14. Rêverie, for piano, L. 68  - Claude Debussy  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Yolanda Kondonassis  - Yolanda Kondonassis

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