CD Reviews

RUBBRA COMPLETE MUSIC FOR HARP (1998), Re-Release 2016 on Lyrita

Rubbra CD cover_Lyrita“It is Danielle Perrett’s stunning solo harp playing which offers the deepest insight into Rubbra’s serene, pure writing.”
BBC Music Magazine

“Danielle Perrett plays with finesse and sensitivity and I particularly admire her free, imaginative handling of  the Pezzo Ostinato. She brings an authority to this music.”
Gramophone

“… the highly sensitive harp playing of Danielle Perrett, an artist of great sensitivity with a thorough mastery of Rubbra’s contemplative inner world.”
Hi-Fi News & Record Review

“… the harp pieces are exquisitely played and could hardly be more authoritative.”
New Penguin Guide to CDs, 1999

“…[Soprano, Tracey Chadwell] is most sensitively accompanied by Danielle Perrett and the two work together hand in glove…

The improvisatory feel is strong [in Transformations], enhanced by this exceptionally fine performance. That said, there is never a sense of meaningless rambling. The opening idea of falling and rising sixths is, on the surface, rather banal. On the other hand it is developed with freedom and fantasy yet is so very tightly controlled that it is captivating throughout its entire 13-plus minutes…

To sum up, a beautiful and worthy disc containing wonderful music perfectly and delightfully performed and recorded. ”
Music-web-international

 

 FAIRY SONGS (2012)

Fairy Songs CDNimbus Records NI6193

“What a wonderful pairing they make showing an extraordinary sense of understanding and of ensemble.

… Danielle Perrett’s own, lovely arrangement of A Garten Mother’s Lullaby”
Gary Higginson, Music-Web International

CHRISTMAS LULLABIES
Music for Christmas and New Year (2012)

Christmas Lullabies CDNimbus Records NI7095

“Danielle Perrett is a superb player, and not just a superb accompanist, as her rapt reading of the Old French carol “Let all flesh keep mortal silence” shows.

Harp solos are strategically placed for variety’s sake, and they provide their own brand of magic. “
Colin Clarke, Music-Web-International

“There are four much appreciated harp solos. Especially charming is Perrett’s own arrangement of What Child is this? to the tune, as it always has been, of Greensleeves.
…Danielle Perrett plays with totally assured calm, dexterity and elegance.”
Gary Higginson, composer

 

 

SING REIGN OF FAIR MAID
Music for Christmas and New Year (2008)

Sing Reign of Fair Maid CDRegent Records REGCD381
“Benjamin Britten’s ‘Ceremony of Carols’ features the pristine harp playing of Danielle Perrett…This is a recording that the listener will surely enjoy…at Christmas or any time of the year”
American Organist Magazine

 

‘THE FIREBIRD’S FEATHER’ (2007)
Russian Romantic Harp Music

The Firebird's Feather CDBeartramka BTKA0603
“[Ms. Perrett’s] extremely busy career teaching, composing and arranging for and, of course, performing on, her instrument… perhaps explains the depth of artistry, as well as superlative technique, in evidence here.  The tone and touch is continually varied, the colours suited to the often-dark undertones of the music.

The sweeping scales and arpeggios, so idiomatic to the harp, provide elegant under-pinnings to the often-pronounced and generously-phrased melodic material, while a very wide dynamic continuum is always deployed with great taste and discretion… For many, this attractive release will provide an ideal introduction to the world of Russian Romantic music for solo harp, especially given the quality of harpist Danielle Perrett’s playing.”
Classical Source

‘DUSSEK AND THE HARP’ (1993)
Chamber Music for Harp on period instruments.

Dussek and the Harp CDMeridian CDE 84451
“This is a charming disc, light elegant and poised, as 18th century music performed on instruments of the period should be.”
BBC Music Magazine

“There is plenty to enjoy in Danielle Perrett’s harp playing. It is vivacious, musically shaped, phrased and paced with obvious enjoyment and there is a very wide range of dynamic … this recording has some charming music played with affection and enthusiasm. It is to be recommended for this as well as for the choice of some unknown repertoire.”
RCM Magazine

 

SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND EXPERIENCE
Music by Gary Higginson (2012)

Regent Records REGCD381

Gary Higginson CD“Six Birds is scored for SSAA and harp and, sadly, it seems to be over in a flash. These pithy settings are most engaging and the performance is a delight. The harp accompaniment works a treat…”

“A song of joy sets words from Isaiah. It’s scored for soprano solo, SSAA choir and harp and was written specifically with the present performers in mind. The combination of female voices and harp is a winner. I thought this melodious, appealing piece – and the performance it receives – was a highlight of the programme.”
John Quinn, Music-Web International

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