Harp Songs of the Midnight Sun (1996)
Inspired by Scandinavian folk music, in Harp Songs of the Midnight Sun Aryeh Frankfurter arranges traditional Swedish and Norwegian melodies for the Celtic folk harp. Interspersed throughout, the listener will also hear such instruments as the guitar, fiddle, viola, cello, plucked psaltry, baroque flute, recorder, pennywhistle, Swedish bagpipes, overtone flute and mis. percussion which combine to create a rich musical tapestry. This music is at times eerily haunting, at others, charmingly romantic and still others, delightfully playful. Always evocative and beautiful.
Richly textured and orchestrated, this CD contains music from Sweden and Norway. Unusual yet extremely haunting and beautiful, the music is rich, deep and evocative. While enjoyable to anyone, the rich accompaniment and complex arrangements have made this CD a favorite among my harp colleagues and friends. If you are interested in a truly diverse and unusual musical experience which showcases the full emotive range of the harp, we unreservdely recommend this album above all others - an exciting musical adventure into music from the Land of the Midnight Sun!
“In Harp Songs of the Midnight Sun Aryeh has fulfilled his promise as an arranger and as a player” - Harpsounds
“he conveys the ethos of [the music] through [rigorous] transcription[s]. The resulting music plays like a soundtrack to an unborn epic fantasy film. ... exotic. I hope as many readers as possible will journey with him. “ - Harpbeat by the Bay
2. The Morning Dew
4. Spring Waltz
5. Halling after Ola Mosafinn
6. Waltz after Pal Karl Persson/Waltz after Sven Anders Andersson
7. The Death of Madam Flod
8. March from Navarsetra
9. Polska after Pelle Peterson
10. Bridal March from Dalby
11. Northfjord Halling
12. Mocksand Tunes
13. Bagpipe Tune from North Rada - mp3
14. A Little Child
15. Samrhradh Samhradh/Farewell to Ireland
Program Length: 68 minutes, 49 seconds
To hear more excerpts of this album click here: Harp Songs of the Midnight Sun. You will see little musical notes to the right of each song. Click on the notes and hear a clip of the song.