SHE is the only harp septet in the world, and this is its first recording.
Led by Australian harpist Alice Giles, these seven female harpists make a truly astonishing sight, and make a truly astonishing sound. Their repertoire is varied, ranging from old chestnuts like Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring to potential classics like Salzedo’s remarkable Bolmimerie, the first work written for seven harps and here receiving its first recording. SHE has commissioned several Australian composers to write new works, and these are included on this CD.
SHE: Alice Giles (Artistic Director); Ingrid Bauer; Liena Lacey; Genevieve Lang; Hilary Manning; Tegan Peemoeller; Laura Tanata
The Thirsty Night Singers: Alex Holliday (soprano), Martin Wesley-Smith (tenor), Nell Britton (soprano), Peter Stanton (bass), Patsy Radic (alto), Peter Wesley-Smith (tenor), Janette Carter (alto), and Peter Morgan (bass)
* = world premiere recording
Carlos Salzedo Bolmimerie *
Ross Edwards Arafura Arioso *
Andrew Schultz The Meaning of Water *
Sharon Calcraft Sevenfold Amen *
Martin Wesley-Smith Alice in the Garden of Live Flowers *
Martin & Peter Wesley-Smith Seven Widows at the Gates of Sugamo, for seven singing female harpists & choir *
JS Bach (arr. Salzedo) Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Ernesto (arr J. Andrews) Lecuona Malagueña
Carlos Salzedo Rumba
Alfredo Rolando Ortiz