Geoffrey Gordon's concerto for harp and orchestra, Eolian - inspired by the Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem - was commissioned by the Brussels Philharmonic and is recorded here by the orchestra, with soloist Eline Groslot and conductor Karen Kamensek, on the Antarctica Records label.
"A spectacular Concerto for Harp and Orchestra (Brussels Philharmonic) composed in 2022 by composer Geoffrey Gordon is the core of the recording."
- The Vinyl Groove (April 2023)
"[Overtones] is built around Geoffrey Gordon's haunting and intense Eolian: Concerto for Harp and Orchestra, presented here in its world premiere recording."
- CD Hotlist (June 2023)
A new, dramatic and virtuosic concerto in three movements for harp and orchestra, Eolian draws title and inspiration from the well-known poem The Eolian Harp (1795) by English Romantic poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834). The concerto, referencing the Aeolian harp (in fact a small lute-like instrument which creates melodious music when the wind blows across its strings), channels the beauty and intensity of expression which Coleridge brings to his deeply expressive and personal text. Allegorically, the harp symbolizes the poet and the wind symbolizes God’s breath - the poem contemplates man’s relationship with nature and the divine. Both the order and chaos found in nature abound here as the orchestra’s palette evokes sensual pleasure, divine force and staggering creative power, through Gordon’s lyrical and luminous writing. A riveting and intense first movement: “A light in sound, a sound-like power in light, Rhythm in all thought, and joyance everywhere—”. The exquisite slow second movement, contemplative, hushed and suspended: “Where the breeze warbles, and the mute still air Is Music slumbering on her instrument…”, “The sunbeams dance, like diamonds, on the main...”. The apogee of nature’s beauty represented as the purest form of allure and joy in the final movement: “Bubbles that glitter as they rise and break On vain Philosophy’s aye-babbling spring…”. Gordon’s Eolian marks an outstanding addition to the harp repertoire and to 21st century orchestral music more generally.