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Love Is Come Again

by Bridget Kibbey

With a blending of folk elements, alluring energy and virtuosity, harpist Bridget Kibbey displays new directions on an ancient instrument.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. Divertissements: À La Française
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2. Divertissements: À L'espagnol
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3. Every Lover Is a Warrior: I. John Riley
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4. Every Lover Is a Warrior: II. Love Is Come Again
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5. Every Lover Is a Warrior: III. When They Take Me for a Soldier
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6. Bariolage
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7. Suite for Harp, Op. 83: I. Overture
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8. Suite for Harp, Op. 83: II. Toccata
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9. Suite for Harp, Op. 83: III. Nocturne
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10. Suite for Harp, Op. 83: IV. Fugue
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11. Suite for Harp, Op. 83: V. Hymn (St. Denio)
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12. Sonata for Harp: I. Alegretto
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13. Sonata for Harp: II. Lento
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14. Sonata for Harp: III. Perpertuum Mobile
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Artist:
The New York Times: Harpist Bridget Kibbey "makes it seem as though her instrument had been waiting all its life to explode with the gorgeous colors and energetic figures she was getting from it."

The Washington Post: Harpist Bridget Kibbey's recital at the Phillips Collection on Sunday went from beauty to rarified beauty in an eclectic hour-long program. The dazzling runs, complex poly-rhythmic figures and chiming of bell-like harmonics all made their effect, thanks as much to Kibbey's formidable technique as to the canny writing of the composers and arrangers on offer…

Lucid Culture: The star of this particular evening [Carnegie Hall, Classical Recording Foundation Awards] was harpist Bridget Kibbey. While the classical concert harp probably isn’t the first instrument that you would think of as being badass, Kibbey makes it that way. Praised for her DIY esthetic, she lends her unorthodox virtuosity and powerful attack to a nonstop series of new commissions…

Lauded for her compelling artistry and virtuosity, harpist Bridget Kibbey is gaining a reputation for showcasing the broad range of her instrument through multiple-genre performances -- drawing diverse audiences through new collaborations and platforms.Bridget is a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Classical Recording Foundation's Young Artist Award, a 2015 Salon de Virtuosi Grant, and the only harpist to win a position with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society II, a winner of Concert Artist Guild's International Competition, Astral Artist Auditions, and Premiere Prix at the Journées de les Harpes Competition in Arles, France. She tours internationally as concerto soloist, recitalist, and collaborator with some of today’s most compelling artists.

Bridget's debut album, Love is Come Again, was named one of the Top Ten Releases by Time Out New York. She was most recently featured with tenor Placido Domingo, in a new album entitled Encanto del Mar - released on SONY Records this past year. She may also be heard on Deutsche Grammaphon with soprano Dawn Upshaw, in Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs and Osvaldo Golijov’s Ayre.

Ms. Kibbey's solo performances have been broadcast on NPR's Performance Today, on New York's WQXR and Q2 Radio, WNYC's Soundcheck, WETA’s Front Row Washington, WRTI’s Crossover, and A&E's Breakfast with the Arts.

Bridget is featured annually with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, is a principal artist with Camerata Pacifica in California, and has appeared as featured soloist and chamber artist at the Bravo!Vail, Chamber Music Northwest, Bridgehampton, Aspen, Bay Chamber Festivals, Pelotas, Savannah Music Festival, among others.

With a passion for commissioning new repertoire for the harp, Bridget recently spear-headed a five orchestra concerto-commissioning consortium with Juno-Award winning composer Vivian Fung. Bridget performed five world-premiere performances with The Karlsruhe Badische Symphoniker (Germany), The Phillips Camerata in Washington, DC, The Alabama Symphony, The San José Chamber Orchestra, and the Metropolis Ensemble.

This season’s highlights include performances of Ginastera’s Harp Concerto with the Alabama Symphony in honor of the composer’s centennial. She will be featured as soloist with the The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in Alice Tully Hall, in the Lyon and Healy Concert Series, the Ravinia Festival, the Bridgehampton Festival, the Ojai Festival, and with Camerata Pacifica. Bridget will also be featured on Los Angeles’ KCET with the San Francisco Children’s Chorus and in New York City, and with the St. Thomas Boys Choir in New York City. She will perform chamber music and solo recitals across the United States and Germany.

ALBUM REVIEWS:
Time Out New York: "Everything about Love Is Come Again, from its unconventionally attractive packaging to Adam Abeshouse's exquisite recording, attests to Kibbey's professionalism and imagination. Perhaps inspiration would be a better term, given this program of underexposed works by innovative composers moved to write for the instrument after encountering a major player. À la Française, the first of André Caplet's Divertissements, offers the frilly ripples one would expect in a solo-harp recital, but Kibbey's range of touch in the second, À l'Espagnole, forecasts subtler pleasures ahead. Performances of Germaine Tailleferre's Sonata, Benjamin Britten's Suite for Harp and Elliott Carter's Bariolage are technically assured and full of character. In Every Lover Is a Warrior, the promising young composer Kati Agócs spins folk materials into a powerful, ruminative suite. Add it all up, and calling this a strong contender for the year's most distinguished debut CD doesn't seem like an overstatement..." --Steve Smith

Andre Caplet (1878-1925) liberated the harp from a restrictive and primarily decorative role into an individual and distinctive voice in his two Divertissements. Germaine Tailleferre was first exposed to the harp by Caroline Tardieu, Paris Conservatory's Assistant Professor of Harp- the result being a charming set of rhythmic undercurrents in her Sonata of 1953.

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), inspired by harpist Osian Ellis, created a 20th century masterpiece, with an extraordinarily broad range of atmosphere and personality in Suite for Harp, Op. 83.

Elliot Carter (b. 1908) composed Bariolage (part of his Trilogy for Oboe and Harp) for his friends Heinz and Ursula Holliger. Written in 1992, this fantastic display of temperament and rhythmic activity continues to stretch the bounds of harpists' virtuosity today.

Finally, the talented young Kati Agocs (b. 1975) blends the traditional roots of American Bluegrass and Hungarian folk melodies into a powerful commentary on love and war in this world-première recording of Every Lover is a Warrior.

ABOUT THE ALBUM: THE ALBUM: This recording celebrates composers and the harpists who inspired them to explore and expand the range of the instrument--artists who have redefined the role, colors and technique of the harp.



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Cherwyn Ambuter

Phenomenal
This is obviously the work of a consummate artist who has done all her homework. The technical passages are negotiated with ease as though they are no big deal - just the means to an end, which is expressive communication. Kibbey has something to say to us, and in an intelligent yet meaningful way. Exploring composers who are less well-known, Kibbey takes a risk in presenting herself on this CD; but her risk is well-considered. This album is gorgeous.
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Asli Yumustutan

Awesome
This album took me to another dimension. Bridget's tremendous beauty on the cover totally reflects her music. Marvellous work!
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N-Concerts

Superb!
An enlightened selection of both new and, not often heard works for the harp. Ms. Kibbey’s performance of each work is not only technically outstanding, but she is always extremely musical as well. This recording must have been a “labor of love” for the performer, who is setting the bar very high for all other harpists. The engineering and production standards are also top notch and the sound is simply gorgeous. A pure joy to listen to!
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K Spix

Beautiful
"Love is Come Again" is beautiful -- a total listening pleasure. I highly recommend it.
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Time Out New York

Album Review
Even with the classical recording industry on a shaky foundation thanks to megacorporate disinterest and the demise of Tower Records, artists who issue their own music run the risk of having their efforts dismissed as vanity projects. But harpist Bridget Kibbey is far from a hobbyist: She has played Carnegie Hall alongside Ian Bostridge and Dawn Upshaw, and performs astounding feats on a regular basis with the International Contemporary Ensemble. No doubt she could have held out for a label deal, but why bother?

Everything about Love Is Come Again, from its unconventionally attractive packaging to Adam Abeshouse’s exquisite recording, attests to Kibbey’s professionalism and imagination. Perhaps inspiration would be a better term, given this program of underexposed works by innovative composers moved to write for the instrument after encountering a major player.

À la Française, the first of André Caplet’s Divertissements, offers the frilly ripples one would expect in a solo-harp recital, but Kibbey’s range of touch in the second, À l’Espagnole, forecasts subtler pleasures ahead. Performances of Germaine Tailleferre’s Sonata, Benjamin Britten’s Suite for Harp and Elliott Carter’s Bariolage are technically assured and full of character. In Every Lover Is a Warrior, the promising young composer Kati Agócs spins folk materials into a powerful, ruminative suite. Add it all up, and calling this a strong contender for the year’s most distinguished debut CD doesn’t seem like an overstatement. (Available at bridgetkibbey.com)—Steve Smith
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Allegra Lilly


Hi Bridget, I bought your CD! I obviously loved the whole thing, but I specifically wanted to say that only a harpist of your caliber could make me want to play something by Carter!! It's amazing!
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Angi


I was privileged to hear Bridget perform live, and this CD is gorgeous. I spend most of my work day listening to it, and I think I'm a nicer person because of it.
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