Music from the 16th Century to the
Marshall McGuire - harp
with contributions from Jane Edwards - soprano
and Riley Lee - shakuhachi.
If you’re hypnotized by the gentle sounds of the harp you’ll be mesmerized by the music on this recording. You’ll also be impressed by the diverse range of styles from the 16th Century to the present day. There are almost fifty composers represented - too many to list and including several Australians. Represented are John Cage’s In a Landscape, several of Bach’s works, Sculthorpe and his delightful Night Pieces, Arvo Paert, Britten and his Suite Op.83, Glanville Hicks with her Come Sleep and her Sonata, Hindemith and his sonata and Love Me Sweet from Carl Vine. It was once put to me that the harp is the only musical instrument which one can hold in a romantic embrace! And in the music here there is much romance to McGuire’s playing. Australian McGuire studied at the Paris Conservatoire and the London Royal College of Music, and often performs at music festivals in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. He is a trustee of various organisations, President of the New Music Network and a music programmer at Arts Centre Melbourne. McGuire performs regularly with Australian music groups. The music is available on 2 CDs which are well worth adding to your collection.
- Emyr Evans