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Harp Fusion:

Lipman Harp Duo's first recording consists of 9 easy listening classical works, recorded on April 9th, 2006 in the theatre of the Queensland Conservatorium.

   J.S.Bach : Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
   Franck : Prelude, Fuge and Variation
   Grieg : Wedding Day at Troldhaugen
   Mendelssohn : On Wings of Song
   Respighi : Siciliana
   Granados : Spanish Dance No.5
   Pachelbel : Canon in D
   Japanese Folk Song : Sakura
   J.Thomas : Cambria Duo


Scenes of Childhood:

The Lipman Harp Duo's second recording consists of solo and duo works by  John Thomas, and was released by the Naxos label  internationally. Welsh harpist John Thomas was one of the most acclaimed harpist-composer of his time. His career culminated as official harpist to Queen Victoria. John Thomas' Welsh background, combined with classical training in London led him to compose a multitude of works in classical style, all imbued with Welsh folk melodies. This CD features the composer's most captivating duos as well as delightful solos, each displaying use of lyrical melodic material.

    J.Thomas : Scenes of Childhood (Harp duet)
     J.Thomas : The Minstrel's Adieu to His Native Land (Harp solo)
     J.Thomas : The Parting (Harp solo)

     J.Thomas : Staccato Movement (Harp solo)
     J.Thomas : Grand Duet (Harp duet)
     J.Thomas : David of the White Rock (Harp solo)
     J.Thomas : Autumn (Harp solo)
     J.Thomas : The Rising of the Sun (Harp solo)
     J.Thomas : Cambria (Harp duet)


The Lipman Harp Duo's third recording in three years features works from a variety of countries, such as Germany, Spain, and France, with works from Bach being prominent, especially with his famed Toccata and Fugue. The CD, released under the "Harmonious Resonance" label.

    J.S.Bach : Preludio from Partita No.3 BWV 1006
    J.S.Bach : Siciliano from Sonata No.2 BWV 1031

    J.S.Bach : Largo from Sonata No.3 NWV 1005
    W.A.Mozart : Sonata in C No.15 K545 
    J.Brahms : "How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place" from German Requiem   
    C.Debussy : Clair de Lune from Suite Bergamasque

    E.Satie : Gymnopedie No.1
    J.Offenbach : "Barcarola" from The Tales of Hoffman
    M.Ravel : Introduction and Allegro
    L.Albeniz : Tango Op.165, No,2
    L.Albeniz : Granada from Suite Espanola Op.47
    J.S.Bach : Toccata and Fugue BWV 565



Lipman Harp Duo's most recent addition, "Dualite" is their fourth CD featuring a mixture of styles from classical to folk tunes.

      M.Grandjany : Aria in Classic Style
       J.S.Bach : Bouree from Partita No.1 BWV 1002

       Russian Melodies : On the Steppes, Moscow Nights, Miliya, Kalinka
       B.Andres : Le Jardin des Paons
       K.Yatsuhashi : Rokudan
       K.Kawamura : Hinamatsuri
       C.Saint-Saens : The Swan from The Carnival of the Animals
       G.Faure : Berceuse
       J.M.Damase : Sonatina for Two Harps - Allegro, Andante, Presto
       J.Thomas : Duet on Subjects from Bizet's Carmen


          Audio samples of  "Harp Fusion" are accessible by referring to the 
         "RECORDINGS" section of this website. 

       Audio samples of "Scenes of Childhood" are accessible from  the NAXOS website.


Courier Mail (News Paper - Brisbane) Review on "John Thomas" Naxos CD  

Lipman Harp Duo


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WITH this collection of music by nineteenth century Welsh harpist John Thomas, Brisbane musicians the Lipman Harp Duo show how rewarding it can sometimes be to glance back a century or two. Thomas is hardly a household name today, yet in his day was fêted throughout Europe as performer and composer, and left an enduring legacy in. The melody has become synonymous with Wales and Sebastien Lipman, a former harpist with Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra during the Herbert von Karajan era, highlights its poignant simplicity in this recording, and with his wife Sayo forms a close musical partnership to explore Thomas` music for solo harp and duo combinations.


The two  launch into the opening item with bold strokes, maintaining interest throughout the program with a variety of textures and wide range of moods and colours. The playing is as beguiling as it is virtuosic. Sebastien sets an acutely sensitive style in , in contrast to the bright tones in Sayo`s solos. In duo they give all the bite this patriotic song requires and hold the tension right to the closing in suite.   -   Patricia Kelly.