Faces of the Harp: Celtic & Contemporary

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All Music Guide - Ross Boissoneau
This collection runs from the engaging to the sublime, but occasionally becomes cloying or claustrophobic. It's harp music of various musical styles and for various kinds of harps, from large concert grand harps to the clarsach, a Gaelic harp strung with brass wires. Some tracks, such as Kim Robertson's "Dance of the Lambs," hint at jazz, while the music of Sileas owes more to folk. Sometimes it can get a little tiresome on the ears, as on "Waterdance/Gay-feather" by Katie LaRaye Waldren and Candace Kreitlow, when it seems as if they are hitting the same sonic frequencies over and over and over again. Perhaps the most beautiful cut on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ross Boissoneau
This collection runs from the engaging to the sublime, but occasionally becomes cloying or claustrophobic. It's harp music of various musical styles and for various kinds of harps, from large concert grand harps to the clarsach, a Gaelic harp strung with brass wires. Some tracks, such as Kim Robertson's "Dance of the Lambs," hint at jazz, while the music of Sileas owes more to folk. Sometimes it can get a little tiresome on the ears, as on "Waterdance/Gay-feather" by Katie LaRaye Waldren and Candace Kreitlow, when it seems as if they are hitting the same sonic frequencies over and over and over again. Perhaps the most beautiful cut on the disc is Ani Williams' "Eclipse."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/1997
  • Label: Narada
  • UPC: 083616393421
  • Catalog Number: 63934

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Derek Bell Harp, Track Performer
Sìleas Harp, Track Performer
Northern Lights Track Performer
Kim Robertson Harp
Sylvia Woods Harp, Track Performer
Judith Pintar Harp, Track Performer
Alison Kinnaird Harp, Track Performer
Michael MacBean Harp
Dennis Doyle Harp, Track Performer
Julia Haines Harp, Track Performer
Riley Lee Harp, Track Performer
Laurie Riley Harp, Track Performer
Katie LaRaye Waldren Harp, Track Performer
Ann Heymann Harp, Track Performer
Ani Williams Harp, Track Performer
Thomas Loefke Harp, Track Performer
Sedrenn Harp
Andy Rigby Harp
Candace Kreitlow Harp
Technical Credits
Dan Harjung Executive Producer
Sìleas Arranger
Sylvia Woods Liner Notes
Alison Kinnaird Arranger
Michael Aharon Producer
Trevor Sadler Mastering
Eric Segnitz Producer
Ann Heymann Arranger
Glen Barrett Engineer
Jakk Arranger
Christopher Franke Arranger
Glenn Barratt Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful! Don’t miss this gem!

    Both soothing and invigorating, this is a lush, rich and varied compilation of selections from some of the best harp players and composers in the business! No matter how many times I put this recording on, listening to it is always a treat; because the harps and musical styles featured are so varied, it seems that there’s always something new. The musicians playing on this recording are many: Dennis Doyle, Thomas Loefke, Kim Robertson, Sylvia Woods, Derek Bell, Ani Williams, Julia Haines, Judith Pintar, and quite a number of harp duos: Laurie Riley and Michael MacBean, Sileas, Sedrenn, Katie LaRaye Waldren and Candace Kreitlow, Northern Lights, Alison Heymann and Alison Kinnaird, and Andy Rigby with Riley Lee. Styles range from traditional Celtic to modern and jazz, North and South American, New Age, and even Japanese, featuring both solo and ensemble harp playing, as well as harp duets and pairings with other instruments such as shakuhachi and hammered dulcimer. I passed on buying this CD several years ago in a bookstore after reading a review that said all those harps on one recording were “cloying”. Recently, after coming across it again, I decided to give it a chance and I’m very glad I did; it’s not cloying at all, and in fact has become one of the favorites in my collection! Certainly, if you don’t like the sound of harp music, you shouldn’t buy this or any other harp CD. But if you do, this one is a top pick! You won’t be disappointed. Also recommended with equal enthusiasm are “Harpestry: A Contemporary Collection” and “Celtic Harpestry: A Contemporary Collection”, both from Imaginary Road Records.

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