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Noted harpist Elisabeth Remy Johnson performs music for harp by women composers.

Harpist Elisabeth Remy Johnson offers works for harp by women composers from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. In her introduction, Remy Johnson points out that the title, Quest, is drawn from the composition, Quest by Niloufar Nourbakhsh, whose inspiration for her piece perfectly fit the mission of this recording, which is to expand the harp repertoire by finding and arranging works by women. Principal harpist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for more than 20 years, Ms. Remy Johnson is acclaimed by critics and audiences for her "complete mastery of the harp and its secrets." In addition to her orchestral works, Ms. Remy Johnson has an active career as a soloist and chamber musician, performing across North America and throughout the world. The recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including first place in the American Harp Society and American String Teachers Association competitions, she is a graduate of Harvard.
Contents:
Niloufar Nourbakhsh, composer
Quest
Elisabeth Remy Johnson (harp)

Cécile Chaminade, composer
Aubade
Elisabeth Remy Johnson (harp)

Amy Beach, composer
A Hermit Thrush at Morn
Elisabeth Remy Johnson (harp)

Mel Bonis, composer
Cinq Morceaux
Elisabeth Remy Johnson (harp)

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, composer
Mélodie
Elisabeth Remy Johnson (harp)

Lili Boulanger, composer
D'un vieux jardin
Elisabeth Remy Johnson (harp)

Traditional
Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies
Elisabeth Remy Johnson (harp)

Kati Agócs, composer
John Riley from Every Lover is a Warrior
Elisabeth Remy Johnson (harp)

Sally Beamish, composer
Pavan
Elisabeth Remy Johnson (harp)

Freya Waley-Cohen, composer
Skye
Elisabeth Remy Johnson (harp)

Johanna Selleck, composer
Spindrift
Elisabeth Remy Johnson (harp)

Review:
For all its celestial beauty, the harp is not always accorded the same level of respect as the more commonly heard instruments – such as the violin, piano, and cello, which have the lion’s share of great concerti and solo repertoire. That this doesn’t have to be the case is clear from the work of harpist Elisabeth Remy Johnson, who is not only a consummate performer but also an adept arranger/transcriber of repertoire for her instrument.…Remy Johnson’s new solo recording, Quest, features repertoire that in many cases she has helped bring to life – not only through her performances, but also (in many cases) through her own transcriptions of some of the pieces. Twelve women composers are represented here, in performances that are frequently revelatory.…Anyone who thinks of harp music as an assortment of dainty arpeggios will be in for quite a surprise here. The sonorities and effects that Remy Johnson draws from her instrument are dazzling, sometimes astonishing. There’s an entire orchestra in that harp, with passages as declarative as a brass section, along with subtle nuances that operate at the level of a whisper.…Some of the works here explore adventurous sonorities, with Johanna Selleck’s “Spindrift” deploying everything from seraphic arpeggios to an unsettling deep buzz. Others are more traditional, like Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s songlike “Melodie.” What all the tracks share, however, is the imaginative commitment of the harpist, who brings all the beauty and power of the music to the fore. (www.earrelevant.net)