Just So Bach
Anne-Marie O'Farrell See below for track listing and to listen to some excerpts. Just So Bach, harpist Anne-Marie O’Farrell’s sixth and latest album, marks a significant advance in the repertoire for the Irish Harp. Devoted primarily to works by Bach, all of which have been hitherto considered beyond the scope of the instrument, it has been possible to perform them because of recent advances in the design of the Irish harp. Movements from the cello suites and keyboard collections are included, along with an early version of the well-loved Bach-Gounod Ave Maria (from 1853) and Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring from Cantata no. 147. The guest musicians on this recording are cellist Aisling Drury Byrne and Viennese flautist Karin Leitner
The Jig’s Up
Anne-Marie O'Farrell See below for track listing and to listen to an excerpt Here is affirmation of Irishness, thus O’Carolan features strongly, in refreshing variety, briskly paced. Such tempi match O’Farrell’s other selections — Paddy Fahy’s Jig and the Gander in the Pratie Hole jig sets. Bright, effortless and cheerful playing from beginning to end; interesting syncopations and odd notes about. Ellen Cranitch’s flute joins in a terrific, biting Fanny Power with jazz extrapolation, Conor Guilfoyle and Brian Fleming give just a hint of percussion, Cormac De Barra enteres on harp for Miss McDermot and Lady Gethin. Fintan Vallely, The Irish Times
Anne-Marie O'Farrell and Cormac de Barra See below for track listing and to listen to an excerpt As Irelands foremost harp duo Cormac and Anne-Marie have been playing together for over a decade. This recording reflects the marriage of Irelands oral musical heritage and the classical tradition. Double Strung is a collection of harp duos ranging from Irish dance tunes and O Carolan airs to Handels ,The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba and the evocative Spanish Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Tarrega.