Posted by Patrick J. McKenna on August 04, 2001 at 14:53:07:
A few years ago, at a flea market, I picked up the CD Gentle Harmonica by Claude Garden. It is something quite different. Selections include pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Schumann as well as some originals by Mr.Garden. Accompanists play instruments such as the harpsichord, cello, oboe, etc. The recording will astound anyone who takes the harmonica seriously,even the die-hard rock and blues enthusiasts who would normally avoid any of the trappings of traditional classical music.
Mr.Charles Dutoit of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra once said of Mr.Garden's playing that "I discovered a new harmonica sound that I had never imagined."
Personally, I think that Mr.Garden has taken the harmonica (he plays a Hering harmonica)just about as far from the blues clubs and campfires as one can get.
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