This recording is my homage to my Italian heritage. The repertoire selected encompasses several styles with the intent to display the full palate of Italian harp music. Included are fantasies based on folk and popular songs, operatic arias, suites, studies and impromptus that cover the classical, romantic, impressionist, and 20th century periods.
Featuring composers from the 19th and early 20th century during the period when the modern version of the concert harp was being introduced and the conservatories of Milan and Naples were ﬂourishing with the new instrument.
My research of repertoire resulted in my ﬁrst experiences with composer harpists Luigi Maurizio Tedeschi (Milan Conservatory) and Giovanni Caramiello (Naples Conservatory) and pianist composer Alessandro Longo (Naples). A number of the compositions that were out of print and have recently been made available.
Pizzicato Review excerpt: "Serenata is one of the most beautiful harp CDs I have ever heard, and it will melt every heart." Remy Franck
CD comes with download card for wav files and liner notes.
Impressions de France
This recording is about my heritage and my youth at the Paris Conservatory. This is the repertoire that I learned or was exposed to as the defining compositions of the genre of solo harp in France. This is my homage to the music. I was so excited when Apple music selected the Busser Piece de Concert to be part of their premiere playlist for the harp alongside the masters of the instrument that inspired me to make this recording.
Link to the Apple music playlist below:
My first solo album. I had recorded Impressionism as as a harp duo with Caroline Lizotte, Panache with Julie Nesrallah, and Conte de Noel with the Ottawa Bach Choir. For me this recording it was all or nothing. If it did not turn out this was going be my final project. My set list included Songs of Nymphs I approached Marjan Mozetich on how to best interpret his composition. Marjan spent time with me and then recommended a scaled down arrangement of El Dorado to add to the recording. I cannot thank Marjan enough. I made the decision to work with recording engineer Anton Kwiatkowski. The recording received amazing reviews and a JUNO Award nomination.
Harp duo with harpist Caroline Lizotte. The recording features arrangements of Ravel's Mother Goose Suite and Debussy's Petite Suite. We performed together quite often when we were starting out as young artists. We did this recording in 2004 when we both had time to rehearse together. Preludes by Marcel Tournier elegantly start off the recording and lively pieces by Bernard Andres, Enrique Granados, and Pierce Granados bridge the suites. I hope you enjoy this recording of friendship and struggles to starting out.
Featuring the arrangement of Petite Suite by Caroline Lizotte and Kathleen Bride.
Review excerpt WholeNote Magazine
Claude Debussy's Petite Suite is one of his most engagingly melodic compositions and lends itself well to the harp in this fine arrangement which makes effective use of antiphonal exchanges between the instruments.
These are performances of sensitivity and grace, exhibiting a wide range of subtle colours and an excellent sense of ensemble.
HARP WITH ORGAN
I love the combination of harp and organ. The organ can be like an orchestra. I approached organist Matthew Larkin to do this recording project with me. Matthew is such an amazing talent it was a honour to perform with him.
The title is from the two compositions on the recording titled Legends, one by Alfred Holy and the other by Rudolf Zingel. The highlight for me is the second movement of the harp concert by Reinhold Gliere. The music is so playful and light. The harp concerto by Leo Sowerby highlights Matthews performance. Also featured is an arrangement of the Adagietto from Mahler's 5th Symphony! The recording starts off with Marcel Grandjany's Aira in Classic Style. In many ways this is my favourite.
VOICE & HARP
I have been performing with mezzo soprano Julie Nesrallah for many years. Julie and I toured a program titled Impressions de France for a number of years. The concert featured French songs and solo harp pieces from my Impressions de France recording. My ancestry is French and Italian. I wanted to explore my Italian heritage through recording. This is the first phase and will be complete with the release of my Italian solo harp program that is in process. I did most of the arrangements and the songs complement both Julie's voice and the harp. Songs by Verdi, Puccini, Respighi, Tosti, Leoncavallo, Bellini, Monteverdi, and Giacomellli.