Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis to Release New Album
Internationally acclaimed harpist Yolanda Kondonassis has always been fascinated by the creations of French composer Maurice Ravel. Her new release, Ravel: Intimate Masterpieces, on the Oberlin Music label, is a celebration of Kondonassis' longtime love of Ravel's music.
Intimate Masterpieces will be released on October 29 on CD (amazon.com and all major online retailers) and is available now by digital download (through iTunes). It will be distributed by Naxos of America. The Ravel disc marks Kondonassis' 18th album in a recording career that has broken boundaries and sold hundreds of thousands of discs and downloads worldwide.
"This disc is especially meaningful because I was able to make it with such wonderful players and celebrate the wealth of artistry and musical opportunity that lives at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. This disc also marks the launch of the Oberlin Music recording label and Oberlin Music's new collaboration with Naxos," says Kondonassis.
In addition to Kondonassis, Intimate Masterpieces features the Jupiter String Quartet, Oberlin's quartet-in-residence for 2012-14, fellow Oberlin faculty members Richard Hawkins on clarinet and Alexa Still on flute, and Oberlin alumni soprano Ellie Dehn and pianist Spencer Myer.