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Wonderful music marred by uneven recording...,
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This review is from: Harmonious Harp / Concert Pieces (Audio CD)I originally purchased this CD solely because it has the beautiful Handel harp concerto, but there is actually a lot of beautiful music here, and from many genres. For example, the harp concerto by Boieldieu is actually impressionist music.
However, since this is a compilation of various recordings, the results can be inconsistent. For example, the Bach piece sounds very compressed. Yes, it was recorded in analog format, but today's digital processing can actually clean up a lot of noise and expand the dynamic range. The Bach piece has tonal emphasis in the wrong places and an overall murky sound. It is the piece that suffers the most in this set.
The largos and adagios tend to be soft, muted and relaxing. These pieces can serve very nicely as background music for guests having dinner or just sharing time. In fact, by using harp concertos instead of solo harp, this compilation provides a more rounded musical experience thanks to some rich orchestration.