There are few composers who can get a concert hall rocking and dancing feet moving better than Alberto Ginastera. Performing his music requires a unique combination of classical virtuosity and sense of rhythm. This is the first Norwegian recording of Ginastera’s Harp Concerto, Op. 25 and “Variciones concertantes”, Op. 23, performed here by the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK) and its solo harpist Sidsel Walstad.
Sidsel Walstad describes playing the harp concerto as “climbing a mountain”. Whether it feels like that for most harpists, Walstad has the best qualifications for tackling Ginastera’s demanding rhythms and complexity. As solo harpist in the Norwegian Radio Orchestra she is exposed to a wide variety of genres, compositions and arrangements that take the harp far from classical music’s beaten path.
“Norwegian harpist Sidsel Walstad is technically and musically a force of nature. She does deliver a memorable performance that will surely become a standard against which to judge future attempts at this musical minefield. Extraordinary *****”.
“Soloist Sidsel Walstad is superb throughout”
“Walstad’s playing is eloquently dreamy and distinctively ripe in tone.
Her performance is scintillating”.
“Walstad whispers, wails, growls, hisses, and intones gloriously, leaving us eating out of her hands”.
“Sidsel Walstad makes light work of the Concerto’s technical rigours in this wonderfully spirited and sensitive interpretation, well-supported throughout by the Norwegian Radio Orchestra».
”In this attractive recording, Sidsel Walstad turns in a colorful, sharply articulated performance, with poetry and virtuosity to spare. Her coordination with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra is deft, and her cadenza in the finale is stunning”.
In 2018 Sidsel Walstad released her debut album “sidsel”. It was well received among national broadcasters, newspapers and live audiences.
The album creates moments with unique atmosphere regardless if you’re at a party, in a yoga studio or at home. The music is specifically composed for Sidsel, her harp and her two drummers, by great Norwegian songwriters.
The harps diversity will catch you by surprise – give it a listen and see how innovative Sidsel’s music is.