Elizabeth Hainen, harp; Rossen Milanov; Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra
Parish Alvars, Albrechtsberger, Saint-Saëns
about the release
Elizabeth Hainen, Solo Harpist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, is known internationally as one of classical music's great harp ambassadors. She has thrilled audiences throughout the world with programmes showcasing the diversity and virtuosity of her instrument. Her first recording for Avie features three concerti spanning as many centuries. Austrian composer Johann Georg Albrechtsberger was a highly regarded teacher who counted Hummel and Beethoven among his pupils, and whose Harp Concerto of 1773 straddled the Baroque and Classical eras. English harpist and composer Elias Parish Alvars toured Europe widely and settled in Vienna. His G minor Concerto, written in 1842, was a virtuosic vehicle befitting his own temperament - Berlioz called him the Liszt of the harp. Saint-Saëns wrote dozens of concertante works but only one for harp, the 1918 Morceau de concert.
Elizabeth will be a featured artist at the 2011 World Harp Congress in July, performing the Parish Alvars Concerto with members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
"silky transparency" - The Washington Post
"ability to blend and color the musical line [and] to find transparency in an almost timeless atmosphere."
- Philadelphia Inquirer
"a complete harpist who knows and uses her instrument's strength and brilliance and strikes its fire" - Miami Herald