Salzedo—works for solo harp
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…all of this is superbly performed. Alice Giles’s virtuosity is completely in control of the material in this recording. The subtlety of her dynamic control and touch is breathtaking and her technical mastery is something that even a nonspecialist harpist such as myself can appreciate. It is difficult not to “gush”: this recording is of a performer at the height of her expressive and technical powers, who understands the instrument and the music… this is simply a superb recording and a must for anyone who wants to have a definitive collection of music that shows the birth of the modern method of playing, and thinking of, the harp, as well as a first-class recording of one of this country’s finest musicians.
Music Forum Vol 17 No.3 Winter 2011
…Scintillation, for me the most familiar title of Salzedo’s many works for harp, would be an apt description of Alice Giles’s virtuosity. The speed and clarity, the impressive dynamic control particularly noteworthy in the delicate pianissimo passages-and attention to color and atmosphere, all combined in fluid, musically eloquent interpretations justify Luciano Berio’s praise of her as “The most intelligent, sensitive, and technically accomplished harpist I have ever met.” If you love the harp, this one’s for you, but I’m convinced that this CD should have universal appeal, given the quality of Salzedo’s compositions and Giles’s marvelous playing. Recommended.
Fanfare October 2009
…almost a compendium of harp technique. It’s impossible not to relate to this vibrant music.
This is a most welcome issue, for we do not know anywhere near enough about Salzedo or his music. Alice Giles is a fine player and this is a very authoritative performance. Don’t miss him.
Music Web International
CARLOS Salzedo (1885-1961) did for the harp what Paganini did for the violin, bringing it to the concert hall stage as a stand-alone instrument…Giles’s playing is luminous.
Inner West Weekly 3/5/09
…the Australian-born Giles, a harp player of international distinction, plays her instrument with refinement and effortless brilliance.