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American Rapture: Music of Higdon, Barber & Harlin

Date: June 16, 2019
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“Yolanda Kondonassis’ enthusiasm for her instrument is infectious,” says Jennifer Higdon when describing working with her to create a new harp concerto. This world-premiere recording by Kondonassis with Ward Stare and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is a showcase for the grandeur of the harp through this beautiful composition by Higdon. The recording continues with the triumphant First Symphony of Samuel Barber and rounds out with Patrick Harlin’s Rapture, described by the composer as depicting the experience of extreme human emotion.