Break Forth is undoubtedly a personal expression ñ of music, of the harp, of the mystery and beauty of Christmas and the glorious music of the season. Through her original arrangements, harpist Anne Sullivan reveals the depth of sonorities of her instrument, from the majesticDivinum Mysterium to the joyous Bohemian Bell Carol to the contemplative and moving Ave Maria of Schubert. ìThis is the most challenging work I have done to date,î she says. ìBetween the musical arranging and the performing, it has been an intense creative effort, and I think this recording reflects more of myself than anything else I have done.
I Wonder as I Wander
In Dulci Jubilo
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Schubert Ave Maria
Es ist ein’Ros’entsprungen
Two Italian Carols
Saint-Saens Ave Maria
Bohemian Bell Carol
Harpist Anne Sullivan’s debut solo recording presents a carefully chosen grouping of romantic music written by German composers and by composers influenced by the German musical tradition. Inspired by a trip to Germany and a serendipitous stop in a Munich music store, Ms. Sullivan brings her own color and flair to this unusual and sensuous program. From the serene beauty of the Barcarole to the bravura Schubert-Fantasie, the performances on this disk reveal a musical depth and character only a performer of Ms. Sullivan’s stature could deliver.
Zabel Am Springbrunnen
Trnecek Schubert Fantasie
Folk Song Die Schone Weis’
This is a live concert recording from Philadelphia’s premiere chamber music collaboration,1807 and Friends. It is the first recorded offering from Duo Parisienne, Nancy Bean, violin and viola, and Anne Sullivan, harp. For this recording they are joined by Philadelphia Orchestra flutist David Cramer in a program of repertoire spanning 300 years.The highlight of the disk is the brilliant performance of the dramatic and romantic Saint-Saens Fantaisie for violin and harp, Duo Parisienne’s signature piece.
Debussy Beau Soir, Reverie, Clair de Lune
Doppler Casilda Fantasie
Ibert Deux Interludes
Christmas isn’t complete without flute and harp, and SPARX proudly presents their tribute to the music of the season, Christmas Echoes. For this recording SPARX commissioned composer Scott Lavender to arrange three medleys of traditional Christmas music; a collection of Christmas lullabyes (Slumber Sweet), a merry bell medley (Weihnachtsglocken) and a suite of medieval carols (Christmas Echoes). Truly inspiring music for the season of peace!
Slumber Sweet, arranged by Scott Lavender
Sinfonia, from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio
Weihnachtsglocken, arranged by Scott Lavender
Le Sommeil de l’Enfant Jesus, by Busser
Christmas Echoes,arranged by Scott Lavender
SPARX’s most popular cd,Reflections, gathers some of the duo’s most requested selections into one beautiful listening experience. Particular favorites are SPARX’s own transcription of the Rodrigo Fantasia para un gentilhombre, which was commended by the composer, the glorious Andantino from Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto, and the soothing Satie Gymnopedies.
Rodrigo Fantasia para un gentilhombre
Lauber Four Medieval Dances
Lavender Serenade No. 2
Satie Three Gymnopedies
C. P. E. Bach Sonata in D Major, Wotq. 83