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Recorded in 1996, A Harp Recital is Josh Layne's first CD.  It features a mix of music from many periods, including two Spanish pieces, and the ever popular Moldau (in a marvelous arrangement for solo harp by Hans Trnecek).

From the CD liner notes:

"Marcel Grandjany was one of the most influential harpists of this century. An incredible musician, he also won recognition as a composer. As well as his original compositions, he transposed numerous pieces for the harp, two of which are on this recording. 

Louis Spohr based his Variationen on a theme by opera composer E.N. Mehul that roughly translated means I am once again in my springtime. The piece starts with the theme, is followed by four variations, and ends with a Rondo. Spohr, who in his time was famous as a composer and violinist, became interested in the harp due to his marriage to harp virtuoso Dorette Schienler. The toured across Europe together. For their concerts, Spohr composed a number of pieces for harp and violin, as well as for solo harp. 

Marcel Tournier was a French harpist and composer whose work has a very distinctive..."

Read the rest of the notes here


 

 

Josh Layne - 
A Harp Recital
Josh Layne, pedal harp

CD $21.45
 

Track Listing:

J.S. Bach (1685-1750) 
Fugue
from Violin Sonata No. 1 
trans. Grandjany   5:38 

Spohr (1784-1859)
Variationen sur l'air
"Je suis encore dans mon printemps"    5:53 

Granados (1867-1916) 
Spanish Dance No. 5 "Andulaz
arr. Josh Layne  3:40 

Falla (1876-1946) 
Spanish Dance No.1 from 
the opera "La Vida Breve" 
trans. Grandjany   3:40 

Tournier (1879-1951)
Vers la Source dans le Bois 3:33 

C.P.E. Bach (1714-1788)
Sonata in G Major 
  Adagio un Poco  5:52 
  Allegro   5:48 
  Allegro   5:05 
Weidensaul Edition 

Caplet (1879-1953) 
Divertissements
  I - a la francais   4:30 
  II - a l'espagnole   5:10 

Smetana (1824-1884) 
The Moldau 
trans. Trnecek   10:58 

Total playing time 60:34

Released November 1996


 
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