|NZ$29.95 incl p&p|
|1|| ||Angels Flow – Anthony Ritchie|
|2|| ||Introduction & Scherzo – Graeme Downes|
|3|| ||The Sleeping Keeper – Claire Cowan|
|4|| ||Valse Oubilee – Ross Carey|
|5|| ||Moto Mojo – Mark Smythe|
|6|| ||The Harp Song – Lyell Cresswell|
|7|| ||Capricorn 1: Pluto in terra – Pepe Becker|
|8|| ||Cicadas – Gillian Whitehead|
|9|| ||Strata – Chris Adams|
|10|| ||Frozen Landscapes 1 – Gareth Farr|
|New Zealand harp music|
|Ten NZ composers were commissioned by Helen Webby to write short works for harp, and premiered at the 2012 Otago Festival of the Arts. This CD is the first anthology of NZ harp music, and is a gateway in to the fascinating sound world of New Zealand's Art composers: Chris Adams, Pepe Becker, Ross Carey, Claire Cowan, Lyell Cresswell, Graeme Downes, Gareth Farr, Anthony Ritchie, Mark Smythe & Gillian Whitehead.|
CD Review (New Zealand Harp Society Journal): Contemporary music is perhaps the most difficult genre to play as a harpist - there is no ‘Harp composition for Dummies’ manual to help composers write for an instrument that already makes huge demands on the player. The Russian harpist Tatiana Tauer once told me that anyone can play notes, but not everyone can make music. Yet make music is what Helen Webby does on her latest album ‘Pluck’. In collaboration with New Zealand composers, Helen has put together a mellifluous journey through different styles, colours and musical textures. Webby clearly demonstrates her understanding of contemporary music and her interpretation breathes life and meaning into the scores. Her even playing, rich tone and mastery of not one but three types of harp make the album an ‘easy listen’. Pepe Becker, voice, expertly joins Helen on a couple of tracks; I would love to hear her sing works by Benjamin Britten.
‘Pluck’ …. a ‘must have’ for the contemporary music buff, an album definitely worth adding to the collection for the rest of us!
Read about the composers featured on Pluck