OFRA HARNOY   vol. 1

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Offenbach: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Erich Kunzel, conductor. Recorded September 3, 1983
Tchaikovsky:  Rococo Variations for Cello and Orchestra Op.33
Saint-Saëns: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No.1 in A minor Op.33

Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Paul Freeman, conductor. Recorded December 15 & 16, 1984



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Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Cello in A major, RV 546 with Igor Oistrakh, Violin, Toronto Chamber Orchestra, Paul Robinson, conductor Recorded February 5, 1992 Toronto Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata for Cello and Bassoon in Bb major, K. 292 with James McKay, Bassoon. Recorded February, 1986 Toronto Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (arr. Leonard Rose): Flight of the Bumblebee with Michael Dussek, Piano. Live performance, June 13, 1990 Tokyo Jules Massenet: Élégie with Maureen Forrester, Contralto; Patricia Parr, Piano. Recorded 1984 Toronto Eugène Bozza: 5 Contrasts for Cello and Oboe Arthur Honegger: Prelude à 2 Voix (No. 1 from Trois Contrepoints) for Cello and Oboe with Senia Trubashnik, Oboe. Recorded 1988 Toronto Pablo Casals: Song of the Birds (Cant dell Ocells) with The Orford String Quartet [Andrew Dawes, Kenneth Perkins, Terence Helmer, Denis Brott] Recorded 1984 Toronto Jacques Offenbach: Introduction et Valse Mélancolique for Cello and Piano, Op. 14 with John Arpin, Piano. Recorded March 1988 Toronto Halsey Stevens: 5 Duos for two Cellos with Vladimir Orloff, Cello. Recorded 1988 Toronto Franz Danzi: Duet for Flute and Cello, Op. 64 No. 2 with Jeanne Baxtresser, Flute. Recorded 1985 Toronto Ludwig van Beethoven: Duo for Clarinet and Cello in Bb Major, WoO 27 No. 3 with James Campbell, Clarinet. Live performance, 1986 Toronto George Gershwin: Summertime from Porgy and Bess with Paul Brodie, Saxophone Recorded February 16, 1986 Toronto Manuel de Falla (arr. Maurice Gendron): Spanish Dance from La Vida Breve with Michael Dussek, Piano. Live performance, June 13, 1990 Tokyo Franz Xaver Gruber (arr. Doug Riley): Silent Night with Brent Carver Live performance, 1996 Toronto

Described by the New York Times as "born to the instrument," cellist Ofra Harnoy is one of the most illustrious classical performers of her generation.
Born in Israel, she studied with her father, Vladimir Orloff and William Pleeth and in masterclasses with Mstislav Rostropovich, Pierre Fournier and Jucqueline DuPré.
After her family moved to Canada, at age 10 she was invited to perform as soloist with the Toronto and Montreal Symphony Orchestras. Winning the 1982 International Concert Artists Guild award in New York led to her concerto and recital debut in Carnegie Hall, which earned both public and critical acclaim; in 1983 she was named Young Musician of the Year by Musical America Magazine. She has since appeared as soloist with major orchestras on five continents and has been featured in hundreds of televised solo concerts in Canada, USA, Japan, Australia, England, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Hungary, Denmark, Hong Kong, Holland, Belgium, Luxemburg and Israel. Since 1986, when she was on the cover of the UK Gramophone magazine, she was the front cover feature of hundreds of music and general interest magazines across Europe, the far East , North America and Australia.
Ofra Harnoy played for USA president Bill Clinton and several times for H.R.H. Prince Charles and Japan's Imperial family. She has won Canada's JUNO award as Best Classical Soloist five times and in 1988 the Grand Prix du Disque. She was named to the Order of Canada (Possibly the youngest ever) and was selected by Maclean's (Canada national weekly magazine) as one of 12 Canadians in all fields who bring most credit to their country.
She was the first Canadian classical instrumentalist since Glenn Gould to be contracted as an exclusive artist (long term world-wide) by a major international record company - RCA.
She has recorded more than 40 albums. In addition to standard cello repertoire, she presented the world premiere recordings (and performance) of the Viotti and Offenbach Cello concertos as well as several concertos by Vivaldi. She has also presented the North American Premiere of the Bliss Cello Concerto.

 

"Phenomenal... One of the cello's 'Greats'" (Gramophone Magazine - UK)
"A sensational cellist" (Los Angeles Herald Examiner)
"Went beyond Technique to make music so full of warmth, so rich in nuance and expression, that the effect was that of a great singer (Chicago Sun-Times)
"The most distinctive young musician to emerge from Canada since Glenn Gould, Her technique and dexterity are preternatural, the cello sound is sumptuous and the emotional power and control are heart-stopping. It makes one wonder if there is a Paganini of the cello in our midst" (Maclean's Magazine - Canada).
"The music making by the charismatic Miss Harnoy resonates with the same naturalness as breathing or speaking" (The Baltimore Sun)
"Stunning performance, blinding technique, even, penetrating tone... can lavish more emotion over a single encore than some musicians lavish in a career" (The Globe and Mail - Canada)



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