Lizary Rodríguez Ríos | Harp Voyage

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Harp Voyage

by Lizary Rodríguez Ríos

This debut cd from award-winning Puerto Rican harpist Lizary Rodríguez Ríos takes the listener on a voyage with the music of Spain, France, Russia, Italy, Germany, finally arriving at the artist's Puerto Rican homeland.
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1. M.R. Calvo-Manzano:Andalucia
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2. E. Lopez-Chavarri:El Viejo Castillo Moro
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3:06 album only
3. G. Pierne:Impromptu-Caprice
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6:16 album only
4. M. Glinka:The Lark
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3:24 album only
5. M. Tournier:Feerie
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9:17 album only
6. G.B. Pescetti: Sonata in C minor
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3:49 album only
7. G. B. Pescetti: mvt. II
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5:09 album only
8. G.B. Pescetti: mvt. III
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1:29 album only
9. J.S. Bach/arr. Rodriguez: Prelude BWV 998
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3:20 album only
10. Albeniz. Sonata en Re
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11. L.Spohr: Fantasie
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12. W.Barreto: Medito sobre un cielo gris para arpa y CD
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13. R. Hernandez: Campanitas de Cristal
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Chamber performer and soloist Lizary Rodríguez Ríos attended the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and studied with noted Puerto Rican harpist María Rosa Vidal. She earned both Masters and Doctoral degrees from the University of Arizona, where she studied with world renowned harpist Dr. Carrol McLaughlin. She subsequently finished two postgraduate degrees from Madrid's Royal Conservatory of Music, studying under the tutelage of celebrated harpist Dr. María Rosa Calvo-Manzano.

Ms. Rodríguez Ríos has performed internationally at numerous venues and festivals, including the prestigious Casals Festival in Puerto Rico. In addition to her career as a soloist, she has toured with the Grammy nominated international harp ensemble, Harp Fusion, performing in the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Spain and Russia. She has recorded three CDs with the group, featuring her as harpist and arranger. Among many exceptional honors, Rodríguez Ríos was the first harpist to receive the Centennial Achievement Award in the history of the University of Arizona.

Rodríguez Ríos has won prizes in competitions such as the President's Concerto Competition at the University of Arizona, the International Tournament of Musicians (TIM) in France, the Cita di Padova International Music Performance Competition in Italy and the Notes at 9,000's Emerging Artist Series Competition in Colorado.

Lizary Rodríguez Ríos' debut CD features the works of composers from six different countries. This musical voyage transports listeners through the sounds of traditional Spanish, French romantic, Russian nationalism, both Italian and German Baroque and finally ends with contemporary and popular Puerto Rican music. This dynamic album also features premier recordings of two original works for harp, as well as some of Lizary's own arrangements.

Press reviews:

"The harp is one of the most exquisite instruments ever invented, and this is an exquisite recording...The recorded sound is ideal; Lizary has also provided notes on each work in the programme. This is a disc not only for lovers of the harp, but for anyone wanting a relaxing listening experience that is also of the highest artistic merit" William Yeoman, The Classical Source.
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"Ethereal. Delicate. Haunting..." Paul Siegel, The Colorado Music Buzz.
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"Her playing, while leaning towards the Spanish side of the spectrum in this recital, is brilliant and fluid, musical in every area where such things are judged, and her program is intelligent and entertaining..." Steven Ritter, Fanfare Magazine.
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"…In the slow movement of Pescetti's Sonata in C minor Lizary lays back, allows space for the music, and the mixture of rubato and note placement makes for quite the most affecting track of the album. This is matched by her clean touch and ability to layer texture in the first movement, and her control and articulation in the third... The playing overall is of a consistently high standard on the technical side of things…" Paul Sarcich, Music & Vision Magazine.
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"...[Lizary] possesses a remarkable technique, and does not leave obviously to impress itself by certain more fearsome passages..." Frederic Cardin, La Scene Musicale Magazine.


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Sharon E. Liles

Heavenly!
As I listened to Harp Voyage, I closed my eyes & felt as if my heart were connected to my soul because my whole body resonated with each note. Absolutely magnificent!

el superbrain

Loved her playing in person.
I really haven't hear the recording yet, but I went to a presentation of the artist here in Puerto Rico and to my own surprise (never expected this from a harp solo concert) I loved it from begining to end. As did the whole public for they asked for an encore. So I guess by now my five stars goes rather to her playing in person, I hope to buy the record soon.

Laurie Rasmussen

Incredible musician, beautiful music!
Very well-recorded CD that faithfully represents the sound of the harp. Lizary's technique is brilliant and her musicality breathes life into these pieces. As a fellow harpist, I'm inspired!

Carmen Carrillo

Captivating
This CD is a soothing masterpiece. The tranquil melodies and fine artwork in her fingers transcends the boundaries of time and send you on a journey of peace.

Jose Perez

Excellence in performance and execution.
Lizary Rodriguez shows to the world the essence of all the aspects of a human being with the Harp. Her performance is truly exquisite, subtle and strong and her feelings are beautifully shown throughout each composition.

The CD is the best in his class ever heard. I enjoy it each time I hear.

Thanks, Lizary, to bring a piece of God's music to the earth!

Manuel Antonio Torres (PR)

Angelic harmony!: A majestic quantum leap in classical harp music.
Lizary music in this cd brings superb sweetness, unique style and angelic sensibility to every note played in her harp. It is a must in the music library of the ones who love inner joy , peace and healing in these challenging times. Mazel Tov!

Student

Great album, get it now
This is a great album, worth every cent. If you like music and the harp in particular get it now. Congratulations to Lizary for this great debut, she surely puts a new meaning to the saying "those who can't do, teach". Because she also is a great teacher, by the way.

John P. Olsen / NewAgeMusicWorld.Com / NewAgeMusic.nu

Classic Devotion
Classical Orchestral Harps can be thought of as divine or celestial instruments, having an origin dating to around 2500 BC, often reminding one of angels and religious cherubs poised in a statue. Lizary Rodriguez Rios is the harpist I had in mind while writing this first sentence taken from an earlier review of her Harp Therapy album inviting listeners to relax by the soothing music this stringed instrument can provide. Valentines Day is approaching and a great time to tell you about this music professional and bring up the celestial instrument, since the harps early origins are ironically thought to be modeled after an archery weapon. Lizary Rodriguez Rios credits are quite impressive, securing a Doctorate in Musical Arts and 4 time awards winner of international harp competitions around the world, touring with the Grammy Award Nominated Harp Fusion Ensemble. The recipient of a Centennial Achievement Award is a respected one of many, in an overall long list of awards and recognition she has achieved, drawing attention around the world as a harp soloist and composer, so expect a right on target delivery. The many concerts and festivals people have attended, like the prestigious Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, venues in the United States, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Spain, Russia, and other countries have certainly enjoyed the experience, so chances are good you will too. Harp Voyage was her first album, and much like her Harp Therapy are specifically composed for relaxation, massage, and yoga, while also finding a comforting niche since the songs serve as the perfect auditory background music during church services, memorials, hospitals, and even weddings. Lizary has informed me she is presently working on a Christmas album, so another fine project of her specialized music is expected in the future. Her high level of expertise as a harpist is decidedly front and center by delivering a highly regarded level of comfort, from a natural talent who is devoting much of their life achieving the very highest in musical standards.

Samuel Hughes

Wonderful playing! A pleasure to the ears! Warm tone.
This is a CD worth your listening time. Your ears will be well pleased. All pieces are beautifully played and with warm tone. Ms. Rios plays the Harp sincerely, thereby giving the music heart. A number of these pieces were new to me and all very interesting. I hope there will be more recordings from Ms. Rios issued in the not too distant future.

Humberto

Great harp CD recording... true to the acoustics of the instrument!
Dr. Rodriguez gives us excelent selections of the harp's standard repertoire, a world-recording premiere and arrangments made by her, with a clean sound and great musicality. A must for harpists or harp aficionados.
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