Awake O Harp looks to be an intriguing way to feature solo music for harp, alongside joint contributions from both harp and organ. The Handel concerto was an obvious choice; however, with the harp closely recorded and the sound of the organ some considerable distance away, the match is less than a happy one. Ensemble and tuning could have been better and, perhaps, there might have been a different solution by using another venue – Manchester is not short of possibilities – where both instruments could have worked more effectively. The solo harp music is certainly worth hearing.
[note: we accept the reviewer’s comments with good grace but don’t see how the organ of St. Ann’s Church (where Ronald Frost is based) could ‘work more effectively’ at some other location…]