Masterworks for Harp is Josh Layne's most recent recording of
solo harp music. The first two pieces on the CD (the Bach and the
Rodrigo) are Josh's own transcriptions. They are followed by
composer Michael Mauldin's Birds
Winter and Canadian composer Marjan
Mozetich's Songs of Nymphs.
"I must applaud you on doing a marvelous job on the recording,
the Songs of Nymphs. The Bach is quite a challenge but
make it work on the harp. The Rodrigo is utterly
It sounds as if it was written for the harp (mind you the guitar is
a plucked instrument). The Mauldin Preludes are very
each having it's own distinct character. They make the harp speak
well. As for the Songs of Nymphs, you perform them with
exuberance that befits their bravura nature, and yet there is no lack
sensitivity and nuance to
the more reflective sections."
"I've listened several times to [your] new CD, and I enjoy it very
much. I think the Bach is actually my favorite thing on the
It is so wonderful, and beautifully played and felt. I
like the Songs of Nymphs - lovely writing and playing!
for including Birds in Winter and for performing it so well."
From the CD liner notes:
"I love to play Bach. JS Bach never actually
wrote anything for
the harp (the harp was not a very advanced instrument in Bach's time),
so I rely on transcriptions. Now that I've played most of the
available for the harp, I've begun to do my own.
I chose the Partita No. 4 because ..."
Read the rest of the notes here.