The summer of 1996 brought a most unusual sight to Tacoma, Washington. One thousand harpists converged on the streets of this usually peaceful Northwest city, as guests of the Sixth World Harp Congress. The Northwest Sinfonietta and I were engaged to perform 15 concertos with 15 of the world's finest soloists. Isabelle Perrin stood out for her distinctive sound and musicianship. We have since become great friends and have collaborated on many projects. This recording is a tribute to her superb artistry and marvelous instrument.
Symphonies No. 40 and 41
This recording features live performances by the Northwest Sinfonietta of Mozart's Symphonies No. 40 and 41 conducted by Christophe Chagnard which took place at the Rialto Theater in Tacoma on November 22, 1996 and October 4, 1997 respectively for the Sonic Window label. This release is particularly significant as it stands as the very first professional recording to be produced at the Rialto Theater in Tacoma.
These performances of Mozart's Symphonies have received critical acclaim:
"The finest reading of the Symphony No. 41 that this critic has ever experienced"
-- Cary Smith, The News Tribune
"The reading (No. 41) was handsome and powerful."
-- R.M. Campbell, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Mozart Piano Concertos
No. 23 and 25
Mark Salman, pianist
Recorded at the Rialto Theater on June 20-22, 1998 for the Immortal Classics label.
Conducted by Christophe Chagnard.