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Described as “The Queen of Harps”, Catrin has delighted audiences with her performances in the UK and worldwide. Inspired to learn the harp at the age of five, her rise to prominence started almost immediately, achieving the highest mark in the UK for her Grade VIII exam at the age of nine. She studied with Elinor Bennett for eight years before entering the Purcell School. Catrin ... Read more in Amazon's Catrin Finch Store

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  • Conductor: Karl Jenkins
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Chick Corea, Claude Debussy, Charles Gounod, Dave Grusin, et al.
  • Audio CD (August 12, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000AM6IX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,288 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mountain Dance
2. Harpers Bizarre
3. James
4. Crossing The Stone (Tros Y Garreg)
5. Prelude From Partita No. 3
6. Third Movement From Electric Counterpoint
7. Eternal Dream
8. The Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba From Solomon
9. Cafe Vamp Latino
10. Spain
11. Buenos Aires Hora Cero
12. Clair De Lune
13. Prelude In C/Ave Maria
14. Thingamujig
15. Suo Gan
16. Palladio (1st Movement)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Rich Atkinson on October 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
While biographies disguised as reviews are tiresome, some background is in order, in this case. At the age of 23, Catrin Finch has been playing the harp for 18 years. She was appearing on British television and with major orchestras by the time she was 10, and was appointed the Royal Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales (a.k.a. Prince Charles) at the age of 20. Bottom line: This lady has more than enough credentials to be regarded as a major musical talent.
But does having a long list of credentials translate to making a great album? In this case, you bet it does. On "Crossing The Stone," Catrin Finch combines piles of technical expertise with surprising and even stunning musical choices. Sure, she covers classical music (such as Bach's 'Prelude from Partita #3' and Handel's 'The Arrival of The Queen of Sheba') brilliantly, but you'd expect that from an alumnus of The Royal College of Music. But would you expect to hear a piece by jazz pianist Dave Grusin done on the harp? How about music by guitarist Pat Metheny, or a Chick Corea composition?
Catrin Finch is an incredible talent, and she has created a beautiful, eclectic album that demands (and will receive) repeated listening. Unfortunately, it's also an album that you probably won't find in your local music store. This album has not received a lot of publicity, and I have yet to walk into a CD store and find it sitting on the shelf. Save yourself a lot of tedious shopping: buy it here and now.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By EncoreSarah on August 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I first heard Catrin Finch on a free sample CD I received and when I listened to it, I couldn't believe that the instrument that she was playing was the harp! It was so vibrant and full of life. It felt like I had opened the windows and let the sun shine in. The harp is the world's oldest - and most difficult instrument, but in Ms. Finch's power it is sounds both contemporary effortlessly played. It is a wonderful buy for any appreciate of music, and the most electric harp album ever produced.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pat Goltz on April 2, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I first heard Palladio by Karl Jenkins on WCPE ([...]). The composition is a breath of fresh air. Jenkins has spanned several genres with his work, and the result has been what I regard as a new style, unique to him, with hope of many more compositions to come. That led me to look for Palladio on YouTube. I found this video: [...] I often watch this video several times a day. Not only does she play well, but she smiles; she's really having fun! Based on the ELECTRIFYING performance in this video, I have ordered this CD. If her other performances are anything like this one, then she is a real gem, and she will be my favorite performer for a long time to come. Crossing the Stone
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Chong on March 4, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Being a harpist myself, I can truly admire Catrin Finch's talent, style and choice of music selections for her first album.

Some songs are truly a revelation for the harp as an instrument using New Age style accompaniment, while there are still pieces with a classical vibe.

Well Done!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Saint-Andre on April 5, 2014
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A few years ago I heard some snippets from Catrin Finch's recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations on the radio and found myself transfixed. I quickly bought that album, which even displaced Glenn Gould's 1981 recording from its longtime perch as my favorite rendition of the Goldberg Variations. So it was with high hopes that I purchased a copy of Crossing the Stone. What a disappointment! Sappy arrangements, pop instruments, even synthesizers clutter up the record and distract from the beauty of the harp, which here is mostly lost in the musical mush. Although I realize that many folks might enjoy this kind of "crossover" music, it's certainly not for me and I'll think twice before buying any other records that Catrin Finch might release.
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