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
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