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For her second recording on the Analekta label, On the Rock, superstar cellist and five-time Juno Award winner Ofra Harnoy was inspired to celebrate the sounds and spirit of Newfoundland. Upon visiting "The Rock" in the summer of 2018, the cellist immediately fell in love with the place and its people. "The more I explore this beautiful island and get to know the people, food, and the culture, the more I feel Newfoundland becoming a part of me. Through these songs I can really express the wonderful connection I have with my new home," says Harnoy.
Her husband, Mike Herriott, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and co-producer of the album, adds "With the guidance and contribution of Bob Hallett, we were able to compile a selection of songs, jigs, and reels that Ofra felt she really connected with and that told a story of what she has come to know and love about the province."
Ofra Harnoy finds inspiration in Newfoundland / New Classical Tracks
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Ofra Harnoy 'On the Rock' is the 98.7WFMT: Featured New Release
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When renowned cellist Ofra Harnoy turned her eye to an album about the songs of Newfoundland and Labrador, she was certain one of Ron Hynes's best-known songs would be on it - and she knew a voice she wanted to hear beside her own. Harnoy recruited Kelly-Ann Evans to sing Sonny's Dream - Hynes's timeless song about love and loss and mothers and sons - for her album. "I actually heard Kelly-An...
KCRW - Rhythm Planet: Autumn Harvest features; The Kanneh-Masons, Ofra Harnoy, and the new Yo-Yo Ma - Kathryn Stott album
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Ofra Harnoy brings a soulful, cleansing timbre like that of falling rain 'On the Rock' / STAGEANDCINEMA
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Ofra Harnoy's 'On the Rock' is a charming disc / theWholeNote
Renowned Canadian cellist Ofra Harnoy and husband/collaborator Mike Herriott have just released On the Rock, celebrating the music of Newfoundland (Analekta AN28909 analekta.com/en/albums). With 43 previous recordings, five JUNO awards and the Order of Canada to her name, Harnoy needs no introduction to the discerning readers of this magazine. The same can be said of multi-instrumentalist Herriott whose ...
Ofra Harnoy discovers new music 'On the Rock' / CBC
Ofra Harnoy's album On the Rock draws inspiration from her new home in St. John's. Harnoy was born in Israel, grew up in Toronto, and travelled the world as a solo cellist in the world of classical music. However, she knew next to nothing about the musical repertoire of Newfoundland and Labrador until she relocated to St. John's a few years ago. "I'd never heard any of these p...
Ofra Harnoy discusses 'Back to Bach' with 89.7WCPE - The Classical Station
Ofra Harnoy - Back to Bach presents a number of tried and true Baroque favourites on the cello, such as Bach's "Air" from Orchestral Suite No. 3, "Bist Du Bei Mir," as well as some slightly lesser known gems from composers such as Allegri and Corelli, which Harnoy interprets with the profound musicality and passion she is known for. On Harnoy's early Baroque recordings, many works were accomp...
Ofra Harnoy gets 'Back to Bach' / New Classical Tracks
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Ofra Harnoy - Back to Bach is WFMT: Featured New Release
This album presents a number of tried and true Baroque favorites on the cello, as well as some slightly lesser-known gems from composers such as Allegri and Corelli, which Ofra Harnoy interprets with the profound musicality and passion she is known for. She has decided to use brass as accompaniment for some works, and for others has created a cello ensemble through overdubbing and multi-tracking techniqu...
Ofra Harnoy - Back to Bach is KDFC: Download of the Week
After taking a career hiatus to raise her children and then deal with a near career-ending shoulder injury, Canadian cellist Ofra Harnoy started performing again in 2018. Harnoy's Back to Bach presents a number of tried and true Baroque favourites on the cello, such as Bach's "Air" from Orchestral Suite No. 3, "Bist Du Bei Mir," as well as some slightly lesser known gems from composers such ...
Ofra Harnoy - Back to Bach is the KUSC: Download of the Week
After taking a career hiatus to raise her children and then deal with a near career-ending shoulder injury, Canadian cellist Ofra Harnoy started performing again in 2018. This album presents a number of tried and true Baroque favourites on the cello, such as Bach's "Air" from Orchestral Suite No. 3, "Bist Du Bei Mir," as well as some slightly lesser known gems from composers such as Allegri and Corel...