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El Dorado

by Caroline Leonardelli

20th Century French & Canadian Classics for solo harp & harp with string quartet and bass. Gorgeously musical and engaging compositions & performances.
Genre: Classical: Twentieth Century
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1. Songs of Nymphs, No. 1: Prelude
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2. Songs of Nymphs, No. 2: Reflection
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3. Songs of Nymphs, No. 3: Ritual
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4. Songs of Nymphs, No. 4: Freedom
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5. La Fille Aux Cheveux de Lin
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6. Children's Corner, No. 5: Little Shepherd
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7. Feerie Prelude et Danse
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8. Sicilienne Variee
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9. Viejo Zortzico
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10. El Dorado
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Album Notes
Caroline Léonardelli releases a modern romantic classical harp album featuring Canadian composer Marjan Mozeitch and 20th Century French compositions. Solo harp with the exception of El Dorado which features the Penderecki String Quartet and Joel Quarrington on bass. This recording has received a 2010 Juno nomination for Classical Album of the Year - Solo or Chamber Ensemble.

Review from WholeNote Magazine!
El Dorado
Ottawa-based harpist Caroline Léonardelli’s fourth album to date offers an enticing mix of old and new: a program of beloved French standards by Debussy, Tournier and Damase book-ended by compositions by Canada’s leading composer for the harp.

“A piquant potpourri of harp music tempered by melancholy expression... Léonardelli is a skilled musician.”
– Gramophone Magazine, November 2009

Léonardelli’s sensitive voicing and phrasing in Song of Nymphs (also a Mozetich composition) sets the interpretive standard. It doesn’t get much better than this for solo musicianship or recorded sound.
- The Music Scene - Spring 2009

Song of Nymphs, in an exceptionally scintillating performance
The WholeNote Magazine

"remarkable musicianship"
Classical Music Sentinel



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Robert Samuel

El Dorado Caroline Leonardelli Review from "The Music Scene - Spring 2009"
Perhaps an unconscious reflection of Ottawa harpist Caroline Léonardelli’s early training in both France and Canada, this recording bookends works by Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich with pieces by Debussy, Tournier, and Damase. The one departure is the well-known harp showpiece Viejo Zortzico by Basque composer Jesús Guridi. This is smart programming, amply displaying Léonardelli’s strengths as both a technician and a melodist. The title track, a Mozetich composition, is accompanied by the Penderecki String Quartet and Joel Quarrington on bass,giving Léonardelli freedom to take a melodic role, a capacity she handles with ease; the harp never loses its sense of linear motion, no matter how dense the underlying texture. Léonardelli’s sensitive voicing and phrasing in Songs of Nymphs (also a Mozetich composition) sets the interpretive standard. Léonardelli’s tremendous interpretive ability is matched by astonishing engineering and production. Harp recording has come a long way in the past 10 years,but too many harpists with wonderful, richsounding instruments have churned out tinny, unsatisfying records. Here, producer Anton Kwiatkowski could trick you into believing you’re sitting next to a $24,000 Lyon and Healy,not your $240 Sony stereo system. It doesn’t get much better than this for solo musicianship or recorded sound.

Robert Samuel

El Dorado Caroline Leonardelli Review from - The Classical Music Sentinel
There is no doubt that of all the musical instruments, the harp produces the most beautiful and pleasant sound. After all, nothing sounds more angelic than a series of arpeggios played on a harp. And great composers know that to create some great atmospheric effects, include one or two harps in the orchestration of a score. But, I have always found the harp to be rather unidimensional and lacking in emotional character.
Well, on this her latest recording, Caroline Léonardelli is apt to change my misplaced opinions. The different moods she projects from the instrument in 'Song of Nymphs' by Marjan Mozetich, should be enough to persuade me of her technical abilities and the harp's capabilities, but throughout every piece on this CD, she displays not only her remarkable musicianship, but also the harp's various personalities. The introduction of 'Sicilienne Variée' by Jean-Michel Damase is a great example, the tenderness of 'La Fille Aux Cheveux de Lin' by Claude Debussy and the childish atmosphere of 'Little Shepherd' also by Debussy, also demonstrate the harp's many facets. And there is an abrupt mood shift when the program closes with the CD's title work 'El Dorado' by Marjan Mozetich. A piece of music that takes you on a strange voyage to a distant and mysterious land. Here the Penderecki String Quartet and Joel Quarrington provide the support which sounds like the minimalist rhythm of a steam train taking the harp on a long journey of exploration and strange soundscapes. A work of dark beauty by Mozetich using his minimalist techniques.
The recording here is superb and the sound of the harp is rich and palpable, and detailed from top to bottom. A definite choice as a harp recording with the added bonus that all the works on this fine disc have something to say.
This recording has just been nominated and is in the running for a Juno Award coming up in the spring of 2010.
Jean-Yves Duperron