"Maiden's Prayer" is a
strong candidate for 2001's CD of the year. In genre specific
terms, it is, for me, the new age CD of the year. Lisa
Lynne has branched out beyond her magnificent harpistry to add
exotic world influences to her repertoire.
The fusion of Middle Eastern instruments, the Celtic harp and the
Appalachian dulcimer creates a lush soundscape. The ebb and
flow between original and traditional compositions adds familiarity
As we expect from Lisa, the virtuosity is unquestioned. Lisa's
harp is exquisite. George Tortorelli is flawless on
winds and percussion. The Lian Ensemble is absolutely
soulful. Musica Angelica adds beauty and class.
I think that the only flaw on this album is in the credits. It
should be "Maiden's Prayer" by Lisa Lynne
(I wrote to Lisa expressing my fondness for this CD. Her quick
response was very gracious and grateful. The power of the
response was overwhelming. She related to me that three members
of The Lian Ensemble, a Persian quintet, had contributed much
to this project. Since the September 11 tragedy, they have had
most of their concerts cancelled. It seems that promoters are
not ready to stage performances with Middle Eastern artists.
Lisa was grateful to receive positive feedback to share with these
three women whose only "crime" is being Iranian. The
irony is that they fled their homeland to escape the oppressive
regime of the current government.
She also told me that mine was the first feedback that she had
received. I am honored, humbled and flattered that my simple
words can help in any way.)
Reviewed by Jim Brenholts