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While hardly "typical" of his work, this album of harp-based music displays the Hovhaness stamp in terms of organization, structure, etc. (his style, once identified, is instantly recognizable). It's the instrumentation that makes this unique. Yolanda Kondonassis is marvelous performer who obviously holds a great deal of affection for this music.
One would expect harp music to be quiet, etherial and evocative; this recording does not disappoint. It creates a mood of quiet and mystery, suggesting images of misty forests and far-off shores, but with a depth that lifts it beyond mere new-age noodling and into the classical tradition.
At first listen, this album appears to be "background music", the kind you'd expect to hear playing in a shop of some sort. But upon closer inspection, Hovhaness' unique style and gift for counterpoint is revealed, and the music is seen for what it is: The work of a masterful composer.
the wonderful composer Alan Hovhaness.
No matter what your favorite style is,
this music you will fine it to be divine,
spiritual.The sonata for the unusual
combination of harp and guitar,"The
Spirit of Trees" was composed in 1983
and is here recorded for the first time.
Unique about this Cd is that money from
sales will help protect the enviroment
worldwide...Unique music, wonderful performances
great price, peak quality sound, and a
This recording must be 25 years old and it's been one of my favorites for its mysterious sensibilities.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Alan Hovhaness was an American composer (1911-2000) who was prolific and yet, is not well-known by fans of classical music. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Joanna Daneman
I am listening to this right now, for the umpteenth time. It is not "typical" classical music. My oboe teacher turned me on to Hovhaness knowing I would like it.Published 19 months ago by Brass player
This is very disappointing . I listened to it while driving and it nearly put me to sleep. Maybe useful for a yoga session or a reiki session but definitely not my favorite... Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by SaintRoch