This very pleasant CD contains a collection of twelve short sonatas for solo harp in a consistent gallant style, reminding of early Haydn. The composer, to me completely unknown Giovanni Francesco Giuliani, worked in Florence by the end of XVIII and beginning of XIX century. The music sounds pre-classical, although at that time the classical epoch in music was already approaching its end.
So far away from early romanticism, this music is bright, unproblematic, lively and transparent. You'll find in it neither a sense of drama nor complicated, deep feelings. Nevertheless, these rare, ephemeral, charming pre-classical gems are well crafted, there is much variety in tempo and form, and Lisetta Rossi's performance on a period instrument is convincing.
These clearly cut, crystalline, concise pieces are obviously also miles away from impressionist sound so easily related to harp. They are closer to relatively small amount of delightful music written for harp in the classical style, like sonatas by Dussek and Woelfl, all worthy of discovering.