Eline Groslot, solo harpist of Brussels Philharmonic, proudly unveils her latest album Overtones, featuring an extroadinary collection of compositions by renowned contemporary composers.
On the album, Groslot explores the boundless musical horizons of the instrument, with the premiere recording of Geoffrey Gordon's 2022 harp concerto Eolian - written for and dedicated to Eline Groslot - taking center stage, as well as a series of solo harp works: Hosokawa's Two Japanese Folk Songs, Cage's In a Landscape and MacMillan’s Knockroon Waltz.
1. Toshio Hosokawa (°1955) Two Japanese Folk Songs: Falling Cherry Blossoms
2. John Cage (1912-1992) In a Landscape
3. Geoffrey Gordon (°1968) Eolian: Concerto for Harp and Orchestra - I. A light in sound, a sound-like power in light...
4. Geoffrey Gordon (°1968) Eolian: Concerto for Harp and Orchestra - II. Where the breeze warbles...
5. Geoffrey Gordon (°1968) Eolian: Concerto for Harp and Orchestra - III. Bubbles that glitter as they rise and break...
6. James MacMillan (°1959) Knockroon Waltz for Harp Solo
7. Toshio Hosokawa (°1955) Two Japanese Folk Songs: Lullaby for Itsuki
Album release: May 5, 2023 (Antarctica Records).
"In June 2021, I embarked on a fascinating journey with my GPS for the harp repertoire. I chose this well-known acronym because it best describes how I navigate the peculiar structure of the harp repertoire. I’ve made a list of compositions that I consider important for understanding the harp repertoire. These are pieces of exquisite quality, well-written, and having withstood the test of time.
Looking at Gordon’s repertoire, you'll notice immediately that he has a fascination for non-mainstream instruments. During our correspondence, he revealed to me that he dreamed of composing a harp concerto based on a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, called Eolian. From the very start, Eolian's character is evident: glissandi, bisbigliandi, and many ‘classical’ harp techniques, all with a contemporary twist, full of emotion, speed, and expression. You can feel the wind, thunder, primal power, and love."
- Eline Groslot