Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Recording: Toronto Harp Society

Artists: Myriam Blardone + Clara Wang

Songs: J'ai tant rêvé de toi [composer: Robert Desnos] + Pièce Symphonique en trois épisodes [composer: Henriette Renié]

Recorded at Burdock Music Hall (The Music Gallery's Emergents IV), May 5, 2017.

Myriam Blardone - J'ai tant rêvé de toi

Clara Wang - Pièce Symphonique en trois épisodes

In the face of crisitunity, the Music Gallery was able to move this show on the fly, ending up at The Burdock (a frequent venue for the MG's offsite Departures shows) which has a slightly different vibe than the sanctuary, but is still a good listening room. This night's first half was given over to a trio of players from the Toronto Harp Society, each playing selections for unaccompanied harp. Given the paucity of chances one gets to hear this beautiful instrument, this was a real treat. It was also a chance to see the players dip into the weirdly-romantic demimonde of harp repertoire, including Clara Wang's study of Henriette Renié (whose life-story makes for some interesting reading), and Myriam Blardone's descent into Robert Desnos' super-gothy ghost-world.

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