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Eve of Christmas

Eve of Christmas

  • By Jennifer Hoult
  • Release 28/07/2006
  • Media Format CD
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Price: $20.52

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Roger Greive's review in The Harp Column gave this CD his top rating ('Excellent, a must have for your CD library'), calling Ms. Hoult's work 'brilliant' and 'amazing.' Of her 'simple yet maddeningly difficult' choice to record this previously unrecorded repertoire in it's entirety, he observes that, like Bach's Goldberg Variations, the repertoire, requires, 'both artistic stamina and considerable technical prowess. Jennifer Hoult has both, and has given us all a gift for this or any Christmas.' Lynn René Bayley says this CD 'is utterly beautiful. No other word can describe it. It is touching and gentle and has a deep feeling to it that transcends the overly-familiar melodies in a way I've never heard before. The effect it produces is indescribable. The closest I can come is to say that it is the aural equivalent of watching a slow snowfall, in which you can see the reflection of light on each snowflake as it comes down. It is like listening to a mother softly singing these carols to her baby. It is heartfelt and beautiful without being cheaply sentimental...You've brought tears to my eyes.' In 1901, French harpist Carlos Salzedo (1885-1961) earned the unprecedented honor of winning two Premiere Prix from the Paris Conservatory on the same day, in both harp and piano. Salzedo went on to become a luminary figure among 20th Century harpists. Profoundly influenced by modern dance pioneer Vasislav Nijinski, Salzedo departed from a tradition that sequestered the harp in an image of genteel romance and dramatically reconceived it as a powerful, widely-nuanced virtuoso instrument uniquely suited to the modern idiom. His holistic vision encompassed both the instrument's expressive range in sound and the striking visual effect of choreographed performance, leading him to create a technical method of playing that integrated contemporary physical gesture with virtuoso technique, to pioneer contemporary harp sound effects in his compositions, and to collaborate with Lyon & Healy Harps in the design and manufacture of the first contemporary-style harp: an art-deco style instrument bearing his name. With Edgar Varèse, Salzedo championed modern music, bringing noteworthy 20th Century European works to American audiences. He performed as Solo Harpist in New York City's Metropolitan Opera, founded the harp department at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and the Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden, Maine, transposed many works for the harp, and composed a sizeable repertoire ranging in style from late romantic to modern. His Christmas arrangements, all but three of which were written during December of 1954 in his New York City home on Riverside Drive, apply his vision of the contemporary harp's expressive virtuoso range to a familiar literature. Produced, Engineered, and Mastered by Adam Abeshouse Edited by Paul Cox and Adam Abeshouse Special Thanks to Marcus Paul Recorded April 11-13, 2005 in Pelham, NY on a 1980 Lyon & Healy Salzedo model pedal harp.

Details

Title: Eve of Christmas
Release Date: 28/07/2006
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 837101126892
Item #: CDBY112689