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The best harp player

  • Unknown
    Unknown User

    I am looking for some CDs of brilliant harp players (not the odd ones, lol) - mostly that play classical - so that I can listen to them and get some ideas of what I want to be playing sometime.

    So... who in YOUR opinion is the best harp player out there? Any CD titles, ect that I could have? :)

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    • Unknown
      Unknown User

      "brilliant harp players (not the odd ones, lol)"  What is that supposed to mean ?

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    • joan
      joan steinberg

      Any recordings featring Elizabeth Hainen are top shelf.

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    • Unknown
      Unknown User

      As in, I want a harp player that isn't just some person who thinks they can play the harp, but someone who really can. I've heard some music that was just "okay" as far as skill wise.

      But I didn't do a very good job of wording that, did I? Forgive me.

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    • Unknown
      Unknown User

      Look for recordings by Judy Loman, Erica Goodman, Jennifer Swartz, Natalia Shameyeva, Anna Verkholantseva for classical.  I'm also partial to the Julia Shaw & Naura Bumanis duo.  They have one CD that I love, called "Dances for two Harps" 

      For very good, both classical and original contemporary and celtic compositions, Sharlene Wallace.

      And for something really different but beautiful Alfredo Rolando Ortiz plays Latin American.

      Have fun CD shopping.

       

       

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    • Paul
      Paul Wren

      Naoko Yoshino!

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    • Unknown
      Unknown User

      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. 

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    • Unknown
      Unknown User

      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......

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    • Unknown
      Unknown User

      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! :) 

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    • Tony
      Tony Morosco

      I was going to mention Yolanda Kondonassis as well.

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

       

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    • Alexander
      Alexander Rider

      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,  my love of the harp, and my progress on the harp, was much influenced by listening to great harp music by great harpists early on.

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    • Erin
      Erin Wood

      Susann McDonald has lots of great CDs.  Nancy Allen's are wonderful.  Her recording with Debussy and Ravel won a grammy I think.

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    • AnnLaura
      AnnLaura Tapia

      Nobody has mentioned Xavier de Maistre. He has several excellent recordings available.

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    • Unknown
      Unknown User

      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.

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    • Paul
      Paul Wren

      I totally agree.  Heidi Lehwalder is simply amazing to watch. She is spellbinding. I saw her play the Ginestra while 6 or 7 month pregnant!  I only wish she recorded more.

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    • Unknown
      Unknown User

      Lucien Grujon....he was my grandfather.

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    • Carl
      Carl Swanson

      Paul- you were 6 or 7 months pregnant?????

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    • Paul
      Paul Wren

      if I were, it's a surprise to me!

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    • Carl
      Carl Swanson

      Oh Sorry, I misread that!

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    • Unknown
      Unknown User

      Have You heared the new CD of  Xavier de Maistre "Famous Classics"? This is a harp Bible!

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    • Liath
      Liath Hollins

      Catrin Finch! Easily the best classical harpist I've heard in a long, long time :)

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