Title - 'Home: Works for Solo Harp'
Artist - Elizabeth Hainen
For those not quite in the know, Elizabeth Hainen has earned an international reputation as one of classical music’s great harp ambassadors.
Hailed by the Washington Post for her “unusual presence with silky transparency” and by the New York Times for her “earthy solidarity,” Hainen has thrilled audiences throughout the world with programs showcasing the diversity—and virtuosity—of her modern-day instrument.
As Solo Harpist with The Philadelphia Orchestra for over 20 years, she has presented numerous featured performances to captivated audiences and has been praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer for “her ability to blend and color the musical line,” and “to find transparency in an almost timeless atmosphere.”
Out now via Avie Records, this uber talented young lady now brings forth a varied and innovative portrait of private moments in her ode to the pleasures of home. Therein simply entitled Home: Works for Solo Harp, the 16 compositions included feature favorite pieces from those enjoyable hours spent playing her instrument alone or in partnership with her percussionist husband.
1. Organ Concerto in B-Flat Major, HWV 294: III. Allegro moderato (Arr. for Harp)
2. Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin, RCT 6, Suite in G Major: XVI. L'Égyptienne (Arr. for Harp)
3. Second livre de pièces de clavecin: V. Les Baricades Mistérieuses (Arr. for Harp)
4. Troisième livre de pièces de clavecin: VI. Le Tic-Toc-Choc ou les Maillotins (Arr. for Harp)
5. Prelude and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 847: Prelude (Arr. for Harp)
6. Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 846: Prelude (Arr. for Harp)
7. Metamorphosis 2 (Arr. for Harp)
8. Klavierbüchlein für Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: IV. Prelude in D Minor, BWV 926 (Arr. for Harp)
9. Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1018: I. Largo (Arr. for Harp) [Arr. Camille Saint-Saëns]
10. Cycling Along with You (Arr. Eleanor Fell)
11. Préludes Book I, L.117: No. 8, The Maid with the Flaxen Hair (Arr. for Harp)
12. Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829: I. Praeambulum (Arr. for Harp) [Arr. Henriette Renié]
13. St. Agnes and the Burning Train (Arr. for Harp) [Arr. David DePeters]
14. The Colorado Trail, Op. 28 "Fantaisie for Harp"
15. Amid Flowers, Beside the River, Under a Spring Moon (Arr. Zhe-Zhi Xie)
16. Suite bergamasque, L.75: III. Clair de lune (Arr. for Harp) [Arr. David DePeters]
A collection of cherished gems alongside new creations, Hainen opens with Allegro Moderato from Handel's Concerto in B flat. Moving on to Bach and Glenn Gould, two of the selections on the CD are the Prelude in C minor BWV 847 and the Prelude in C major BWV 846, as each composition plays out you find yourself never wanting them to end.
Also including a world-premiere arrangement of Sting’s ‘St. Agnes and the Burning Train’, Hainen once again takes a chance and succeeds on all levels. Oh, and if you're wondering who the vibraphone player is that appears on three of the tracks, that would be David DePeters, Elizabeth's percussionist husband.
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