Yolanda Kondonassis, The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra: American Rapture Review
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Yolanda Kondonassis is widely regarded as today’s premier solo harpists and is also regarded as today’s most recorded classical harpist. Known for her wide range of colors, expressiveness and dazzling technique, Kondonassis has appeared around the globe as a concerto soloist and in recital, bringing her unique brand of musicianship and warm artistry to an ever-increasing audience. With hundreds of thousands of discs and downloads sold worldwide, Kondonassis’ extensive discography includes more than twenty titles and her 2008 release, Air (Telarc), was nominated for a Grammy Award. Her albums and performances have earned universal critical praise as she continues to be a pioneering force in the harp world, striving to push the boundaries of what listeners expect of the harp. Kondonassis is now releasing, The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra: American Rapture. The album presents pieces from Samuel Barber, Patrick Harlin (World Premere), and Jennifer Higdon (World Premere). The Rochester Philharmonic is conducted by Ward Stare.
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra: American Rapture
Harp Concerto: I. First Light
Harp Concerto: II. Joy Ride
Harp Concerto: III. Lullaby
Harp Concerto: IV. Rap Knock
Symphony No. 1, Op. 9 (In One Movement)
Rapture (Version for Orchestra)
Release Date: May 17, 2019
The program is a beautiful blend of sounds and orchestrational colors. Kondonassis is passionate and delivers the performance that these world premieres deserve.