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CDs featuring Ruth Wall

Still Warm

Fitkin Wall
Still Warm
GFCD 060706, 2007
Graham Fitkin is a contemporary composer and plays keyboards and electronic sound effects and manipulations, while Ruth Wall plays a Norris lever harp, an Ardival gothic bray harp and a HHSI 'Student Trinity' early Irish harp. This music is upbeat yet dark, with ingenious and creative use of the very different sounds of the three harps and with lush and unexpected accompaniment. Sometimes it sounds like jazz, sometimes like contemporary minimalist classical, sometimes like rock music. The Trinity harp only appears on one rather retiring solo track; as far as I am aware this is the first recording featuring one of the new HHSI series of instruments. Ruth is promising to bring it to the fore in future work!
£13 +

Lost

Fitkin Wall
Lost
GFCD 090915, 2015
Fans of Still Warm will be intruiged by this new disc - it is wistful and nostalgic, much more gentle, and more of an acoustic sound, yet it takes and develops Graham’s distinctive melodic and harmonic style and showcases Ruth’s excellent harp playing. Only a handful of tracks feature early Irish harp - most are played on pedal harp. Highly recommended for those looking for something new.
£13 +

Uncommon

Ruth Wall
The Uncommon Harp
GFCD 041105, 2004
Ruth Wall plays a big modern lever harp by Graham Norris, in this intruiging CD of contemporary minimalist style compositions. The programme includes lever-harp adaptions of piano compositions by Philip Glass, Maxwell Davies and Michael Parsons, as well as compositions written for Ruth's harp by Graham Fitkin and Gabriel Jackson and Laurence Crane. "Music from some of the most exciting composers working with modality and tonality today". Highly recommended, definitely the best lever harp CD I have ever heard.
£13 +

Christmas

Ruth Wall
The Three Harps of Christmas
GFCD 011213, 2013
Ruth Wall plays three different kinds of harp, a pedal harp, a buzzing bray harp and a Trinity College harp copy with silver wire strings. The music is very straight renditions of traditional and popular christmas carols, arranged with edgy contemporary harmonies composed by Graham Fitkin. The familiar melodies and the radical arrangements form an unexpected combination that not everyone will enjoy but if you are feeling daring this might be the hit of this year's christmas!
£13 +