Just in time for the holidays, three new independently released harp recordings to check out:
Fans of Carlos Salzedo’s popular Christmas arrangements will want to check out the new release by Elisabeth Remy Johnson, Principal Harp with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. A Christmas Collection includes 13 of Salzedo’s embellished adaptations including his “Paraphrase on Greensleeves,” “Short Fantasy on a Catalan Carol,” “Concert Variations on “O Tannenbaum,” and others. As a bonus, Remy Johnson has also recorded her own arrangement of Gustav Holst’s “In the Bleak Midwinter.”
Jaymee Haefner’s Crimson is a short but sweet collection of duos with violinist Matt Milewski. Included are Camille Saint-Saëns Fantaisie for violin and harp, and two movements (“Bordello” and “Cafe”) from Astor Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango. The Dallas-area pair began playing together as the Crimson duo in 2011.
Go to Sleep My Baby
Liza Rey Butler has departed from her jazz persona to release Go to Sleep My Baby, a collection of 13 traditional lullabies accompanied by flute and cello. The album, which was inspired by the birth of Rey’s first grandchild, includes tracks like “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” “Brahms’ Lullaby,” “Still, Still, Still,” and others. Listen to excerpts and purchase the recording at www.lizarey.com.