Review: American Rapture

Date: September 12, 2019 Brell Allen-Bayes, Limelight. Click here for the original review. Here is an American disc which covers rapture in three different forms. Jennifer Higdon’s Harp Concerto reflects this all-American virtue, one generally associated with religion but here depicted as an experience of extreme human emotion. In fact Patrick... read more

American Rapture

Date: August 27, 2019 Alison Young, Harp Column. Click here for the original review. Yolanda Kondonassis, harp; Rochester Philharmonic with Ward Stare conducting. Azica, 2019 Yolanda Kondonassis gave a tall order when pitching the idea of a new harp concerto to Pulitzer-prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon. The piece should be “strong, agile,... read more

American Rapture: RPO Showcases Three Generations of American Contemporary Music

Date: August 15, 2019 Don Clark, I Care If You Listen. Click here for the original review. American Rapture, the new release on the hitherto unknown to me Azica label, features Samuel Barber’s “Great American Symphony” contender Symphony # 1 (1936)  and two world premiere recordings; Patrick Harlin’s Rapture (2011) and Jennifer Higdon‘s Harp Concerto (2018) written for Yolanda Kondonassis. This generous and... read more

CD Review: “American Rapture” showcases three generations of American composers

Date: July 18, 2019 Olivia Kieffer, EarRelevant. Click here for the original review. On May 17, Azica Records released the album American Rapture, featuring harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra led by conductor Ward Stare. The album contains works by three generations of composers from the United States: Samuel Barber (1910-1981), Jennifer Higdon (b. 1962) and Patrick Harlin (b.... read more

Kondonassis in Rapturous Performance of Higdon Harp Concerto

Date: July 10, 2019 Ralph Graves, WTJU 91.1 FM, University of Virginia. Click here for the original article. Yolanda Kondonassis does not play pretty harp music. Her performances are marked with intensity and energy — and her choice of repertoire continually pushes the limits. Jennifer Higdon wrote her a concerto that gives... read more