I grew to love like old friends.

I also happen to believe that the harp is one of the most beautiful and serene sounds that I have ever heard. It has a soulful quality too, and I wanted to record

    

 
   
music which I thought brought
those aspects to the fore. The idea of recording a whole album of unaccompanied harp, with no added frills, creating a peaceful sound scape and a great sense of intimacy and freedom was both challenging and appealing.

My friend Heidi had suggested the title a year ago for my debut album with EMI, but somehow it just wasn't appropriate. What I imagine the eye of a storm to be like is captured in this recording.

The actual tracks themselves are a collection of pieces which I particularly love. The Pavane is such a gorgeous version of a timeless tune and sounds amazing and all the more medieval on the

 
harp. J.S. Bachs' first Prelude of the 48, is pure genius and again lends itself well to the timbre of the harp whilst also lying so comfortably under the fingers. I am very fond of the Buxton Orr prelude, as I think it evokes an intense stillness - time almost seems to stop forme when I play it. The four preludes by Tournier are a tribute to The four preludes by Tournier are a tribute to a great composerof harp repertoire. They are so playable, lush and so very French! I put number three first here because it is my favourite and the others follow in the correct order.

Then there is another track by Bach, cleverly transcribed by Marcel Grandjany who was one of the greatest harpists of his day. Being written for solo violin the original Sarabande has only a melodic line and so we have Grandjany to thank for the underlying harmonies. I might also add that this is from a book of so called ' studies ' designed to exercise the harpists technical ability whilst introducing them to the joys of Bachs' harmonic world. Bach did not compose for the harp, probably because there wasn't an instrument adequate enough to tackle the chromatic colours and complexities in his writing. The sort of harp that can cope with this was not invented until the early 1900s. Anyone learning the harp today is eternally grateful to Grandjany for all his transcriptions, and some of them like this one, are too beautiful to be viewed as merely studies!

 


The Lullaby is a piece that I first heard performed when I was 18 by the late Russian harpist Tatiana Towers. Tatiana died of cancer still in her early forties some years ago but I was fortunate to see her perform in Paris and later to play for her on several occasions.

  

                  next page ->