- Composer: John Rutter
- Audio CD (12 Nov. 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Decca (UMO)
- ASIN: B009DJB6NE
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,293 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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For Blessing, former Royal Harpist Catrin Finch plays music by the British composer, John Rutter, as well as new pieces and arrangements of her own. The album includes new works by John Rutter, and the World Premiere recording of his Suite Lyrique for harp and strings. Further highlights include arrangements of traditional Welsh folksongs, where Catrin Finch is joined by award-winning Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas.
Top Customer Reviews
The first 3 tracks are Rutter's compositions: the first I find reminescint of a bubbly brook, and the other two are more lilting; although all 3 are brilliant and combine the talents of Catrin Finch playing harp and Sinfonia Cymru brilliantly.
The next 3 tracks form Catrin Finch's Celtic Concerto: the first is jigajig and that describes the music well and it contains some rapid harp playing so you imagine how fast the harpist's fingers are playing; the second track of this concerto is slower and the third reminds me of rolling hills.
Next comes 3 welsh folk songs: only one has words and this is in welsh. However the very last piece on this cd is also sang by Elin Manahan Thomas and this time in english. Her enunciation is very good so you clearly hear the words as she sings, and although I don't understand welsh, you do get the same feeling for the welsh folk song. Of the two folk songs without singing they feel like songs in the way the music is played. One of these combines the harp with the oboe - not something I would naturally put together but actually it works extremely well.
After the folk songs is some more Rutter, principally his suite lyrique which has french influences but is more superb harp music in a similar vein to the previous pieces.
Overall a great CD and well worth listening to.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A Blessing describes it perfectly- I have been listening to it whilst driving and have found it to be wonderfully relaxing.Published 8 months ago by Koë