Valérie's recording takes the listener through the 20th century, building in intensity as it reveals the harp’s many facets, whether in a solo, accompaniment or chamber music setting. The tracks include "Choral" by Philippe Hersant, which was commissioned by Jakez François and given its world premiere by Isabelle Moretti - Valérie was struck by the work when she heard Isabelle perform it in a recital in Quebec in 2007. The other pieces on the album are the Tailleferre Sonata, Salzedo's brilliant trio transcription of Ravel's piano Sonatine (Ravel, when he heard it, said "why didn't I think of that?"), Wild Bird by Murray Schafer for harp and violin, and Jean Françaix's Quintet.
You can download the album (and its excellent CD booklet) from the Analekta site. Valérie's other two albums are also available here - a solo disc, Revelation, and a Christmas mini-album we blogged about last November.