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listen  1. Lachrimae Antiquae (Flow My Teares)Julia Thornton 4:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Largo From the Lute Concerto In D Major RV93Julia Thornton 4:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. GassenhawerJulia Thornton 3:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Sarabande And Variations From The Suite In D Minor (G110)Julia Thornton 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Aria From The Goldberg Variations (BWV 988)Julia Thornton 2:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Variation 13 From The Goldberg VariationsJulia Thornton 2:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Les Baricades MisterieusesJulia Thornton 2:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Andantino From The Sonata C MinorJulia Thornton 5:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Adagio From The Piano Concerto No.5 In E Flat Major. Op.73 ''The Emperor''Julia Thornton 7:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Lullaby (Kolybel'naja Pesnja) Op. 16, No. 1Julia Thornton 3:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Prelude No 10 ''The Sunken Cathedral'' From 12 Preludes, Book 1 (1909-10)Julia Thornton 7:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Le Fils Des Etoiles, Prelude To The Second Act - L'InitiationJulia Thornton 3:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Chanson Dans La NuitJulia Thornton 3:32$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 9, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B0000AOWUZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,955 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

A Graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Ms. Thornton is also a Founding Member of the Group "Arcana Mundi", a Concept Dreamt Up by Producer Craig Leon. Her Exceptional Talent was Brought to the Fore When She Opened the Show on Roxy Music Vocalist Bryan Ferry's Solo Tour Promoting his "as Time Goes By" Album of Standards. Since Then, She Has Not Only Toured with Beau Ferry on his Solo Ventures but also as Percussionist for the Roxy Music Reunion Tours. This Disc is her First Set of Solo Harp Classical Recordings, Produced (Of Course) by Longtime Mentor Craig Leon (Who Incidentally Produced the First Ramones Album, Both Blondie Label Debut Albums, Phillip Boa, Rodney Crowell, the National Lampoon's Vacation Soundtrack, in Addition to Albums Recorded with his Wife Cassell Webb).

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
For whatever reason, I've had a rash of musical CD's in which a competent performer has fallen into a pattern of over-hype, including excessive production values, extensive professional websites, promises to keep and an output that is miniscule in comparison. Often the performer is worth notice, but the hype tends to promise more than can be delivered, and the musician suffers in the comparison.
This is the case with Julia Thornton, whose sole recording is this disk of music, of which only a few were originally for the harp. Many are quite pleasant, and a few are a bit eye-opening, but for some reason her producer, Craig Leon, has decided to mix in angelic choirs and other gimmicks that make the music hackneyed and a bit too 'new age.' On such case of this is 'Gassenhawer,' and another is Couperin's 'Les Baricades Misterieuses' which is overdone enough to be upsetting.
On other cases - the Vivaldi 'Largo' and the Handel Sarabande Julia is reduced to simple striking of the notes, nothing that shows of either the harp or her capabilities. On the other hand, the Bach Goldberg Variation and the Pescetti Andantino are a bit idiosyncratic, but very musical and interesting. Obviously there is more to Thornton than the album offers, but the album often suppresses these qualities in order to appeal to the popular audience.
The Adagio from Beethoven's Concerto No. 5 is problematic. Your ears will say 'interesting' but your mind will find it a far cry from Beethoven's original intentions. She comes so close to the percussive sound of the piano that it catches you up when she stops disguising her instrument. She does an excellent performance of the Tchaikovsky Lullaby, as well as Debussy's 'The Sunken Cathedral.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 2, 2005
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Julia Thornton is a fine harpist and it is refreshing to have a recording of works for that ancient instrument of solace. There are enough works for solo harp and harp and orchestra in the repertoire that it seems a shame the producers of this recording opted for transcriptions for Thornton's debut album. But given these limitations, this is a recording that offers some of the most beautiful background music you will find: there are those times when during dining or solitary thinking that music of his nature is not a putdown.

The offerings are varied, from the expected Pachelbel 'Canon', to transcriptions from piano works (Bach's 'Goldberg Variations', Debussy's 'The Sunken Cathedral'), from lute songs (Dowland's 'Flow my Tears', Vivaldi's Largo from the Lute Concerto in D,) and some orchestral or concerti like the 'Adagio' from Beethoven's Emperor Concerto, etc. Thornton is 'assisted' by vocalists and National Radio Orchestra of the Netherlands, at times appropriately and other times a bit too much for 'atmosphere'.

In all, the album is a pleasant experience and never less than well played. But what could have been a significant addition to the recorded repertoire opted for just a bit of lovely background music. Maybe her next album... Grady Harp, September 05
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Maes on December 1, 2010
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Anyone who loves harp music should have this CD. It is a combination of arrangements and original music, beautifully played. I searched long for a cd with harp music that wasn't boring. This isn't ! It is interesting from the first untill the last piece.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mouliin on January 2, 2010
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Ignore the other reviews and just enjoy this cd. It is a beautiful, peaceful addition to your collection...just what a harp should give. I first heard this cd at an office and asked about it. Purchased it right away and haven't been a bit disappointed. Recommend.
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