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Crossing The Stone
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 2005
The rising fame of this outstanding talent is not a moment too soon, and Crossing The Stone provides the perfect introduction to her music,offering as it does a good mixture of the old and the new. From the opening Mountain Dance to the closing Palladio, this CD illustrates the superb arrangement skills of Karl Jenkins and the technical brillance of Catrin.
The star piece has to be the title track, Crossing The Stone, with its emotionally charged performance from Catrin and her teacher, Elinor Bennet. This is simply one of the most beautiful pieces of music you will ever here, and sends a tingle down my spin every time I hear it.
Track 13 will be the purest version of Ave Maria you will hear, and the closing track has a pace and rhythm that's uplifting and lively
If you love the harp you will love this album, and if you love this album, do try the rest of the rest of Catrin Finch's music, or better still see her in concert live: you will not be disappointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 2005
I love harp music. I'm an unashamed fan, and I have several CDs with more 'classical' selections on them than this, from Catrin herself, Julia Thornton and others. This is my favourite, though. I also own all the Adiemus CDs to date, and this combines a composer that I really like with one of my favourite instruments.
I first discovered Catrin on Classic FM TV, when I saw the video to Harpers Bizarre. I ordered 'Crossing the Stone' straight away. You'll find it lively, upbeat and impossibly foot-tapping. The only track I ever skip is the Debussy, and then because of the irritating radio effect, not because of Catrin's playing.
Cheesy? Well possibly, but it's Stilton served with good port rather than Kraft Dairy Slices.
Buy it if you like Adiemus, or if you want to hear what a harp can do outside its traditional setting. Highly recommended.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2004
Personally, I think this album has been incorrectly classified. Is it classical - yes, in many places. Is it pop - verging on. Is it rock - definitely makes you move, both physically and emotionally. Is it a harp album - well, she's playing one extremely well, but not like most would expect a harpist to play traditionally through the entire length of the performance. This album should be classified as Fusion as it sets out to stretch the barriers, and in challenging them and being an opening portfolio of Catrin's undoubted talents will disappoint the listener in places - but that's like saying you can’t find something to eat at a 5star buffet, or that you loved everything. If this album disappoints anywhere, it is in the over use of the samples and modern mixing to get the listener between the diversity of music and styles that is used here track to track. Also, remember that Catrin is still in her early 20’s – it comes across as great fun to play something you love in a way which you and your generation will relate to: and in allowing for that the listener will only enjoy this album more. Buy this album to blast away your conceptions of what a Harp is and how it can be used; buy this album to hear undoubted talent; buy this album to play next to your favourite dance, moods, chill out or classical music as it will sit exceptionally well – but don’t buy it to meet your classic purist expectations. That will be done later when we have seen and bought in to this exceptional talent, and it has been allowed to develop
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 2004
I am priveleged to have shared a stage with Catrin and a number of other talented musicians earlier this year. Having sat behind her and watched how she moved across the harp strings with a near perfect balance of grace and passion I was anxious to hear her magic in the privacy of my own home.
For the most part I am pleased to have bought this album but unfortunately there are some tracks that are over-produced and which (sorry Catrin) don't do her musical talents the justice they deserve. I'm not a complete musical purist but I hope that as she gains more widespread recognition for her remarkable musicianship that her confidence to resist jumping on the bandwagon of making classical music 'accessible' will grow. If you have the chance to see her perform, you will understand what I mean.
Having said all that I can't completely knock the album because without her enthusiasm and creativity I would never have bought an album of harp music. Track 5, Prelude from Partita No 3 is my favourite though I would pay to hear her play Handel's Arrival of the Queen of Sheba without the background fuss.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 May 2005
Having always enjoyed the sweet, crisp sound of the harp, I bought this album purely on spec & I haven't been disappointed. There's a nice range of melodies here-and styles- and it really is very easy listening. With the exception of track 12 ( the bergamesque on Debussy, which, even allowing for tongue-in-cheek, was too syrupy for YT) the whole package was digestible and pleasant.
Therein, however, possibly lies its weakness: superb technique and classical training abound, but so also does the heavy hand of production, and I, like another reviewer, couldn't help but feel that this lady really should throw herself into jazz.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a fascinating collection of music arranged by Karl Jenkins for the gifted harpist Catrin Finch. If you are after pure harp music, this album may disappoint you, as most of the music here includes percussions and other instrument. If you enjoy BBC's Late Night Junction, the concept is very similar - this is the kind of music to ease your stress. Includes highly evocative and atmospheric arrangement of Suo Gan, Claire de Lune, Ave Maria and more. Catrin Finch's playing is nothing short of exquisite.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 12 October 2003
Catrin Finch is a real phenomenon among the contemporary harpists, at the age of only 23 she shows really stunning ability to cross the barriers of various musical styles, especially with her latest CD Crossing the Stone. On the album there are many classical music favourites (Debussy's Clair de Lune & Bach/Gounod's Ave Maria for example), but Catrin also fertilizes her delicate and virtuoso playing in some great jazz tunes by Chick Corea & Pat Metheney as well as a minimalist piece by Steve Reich. Almost all arrangements have been made by "Mr. Adiemus" Karl Jenkins, and this gives the album even more exciting feeling! Karl has also composed some of the tracks, for example the great Irish-style piece Thingamujig as well as the excerpts from his double harp concerto Over The Stone. A real ear-charmer, so get your copy today!
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on 26 December 2012
I asked for this CD as a Christmas present because I have seen and heard Catrin Finch and Carl Jenkins together in concert and I absolutely love the title piece and Palladio. But oh, what a dissappointment! Catrin's playing was brilliant, as always, but many of the pieces on this CD were boring and repetitive and others were totally spoilt by being vamped up or given irritating sound effects which did nothing to enhance the music being played. "Clair de Lune" was the worst with a monotonous voice speaking in French at the beginning and end which totally ruined this very delicate piece of music.

I am really surprised and saddened that Catrin agreed to make a CD which distracted so much from her great talent and brilliant playing and which can only be described as 'gimmicky'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 August 2013
very modern, very funky, love it. Crossing the stone is one of my favourite pieces of music and so pleased to have found
it on a cd. some modern some trad. anyone who likes modern and harp music will .love this as it mixes both.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 22 July 2009
Having heard and purchased her recoeding of Bach's Goldberg variations I was looking forward to this. Her superb playing, Karl Jenkins composing and arranging and the Prague Philly - what could go wrong. Well they let the muppets on synthasizers onto it; that's what went wrong. Why do people have to take a pure sound of harp and orchestra and turn it into the sort of music you hear in hotel lobbies, lifts and supermarkets. What a disappointment. Fuzzy strings and over produced bass - just wrecks the whole thing. Sorry Amazon but it's on its way back
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