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Grant Park Orchestra review: Radiant music amid another storm

by Howard Reich The Chicago Tribune

July 18, 2019

“The high point came midway in the concert with Yolanda Kondonassis as soloist in Ginastera’s Harp Concerto…When soloist and orchestra interacted, Kondonassis hit hard via sharp attacks, tautly articulated rhythms and dramatic turns of phrase. Yet in more lyrical passages Kondonassis let the music breathe, conductor Villaume conjuring a sense of stillness in the orchestra.”

World premiere of Higdon's Harp Concerto with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Classical review: RPO performs Brahms and a Higdon world premiere

by Daniel J. Kushner Rochester City Newspaper

May 11, 2018

“there was something prayerful about Kondonassis’s playing, particularly in the quieter moments… …Sonically, the presence of Kondonassis’s harp seemed to signify magic at work, in the throes of a hectic and sobering reality, as played by the orchestra… …For the next movement, the inspired “Lullaby,” Kondonassis’s mystical harp began a gorgeous dialogue with solo viola, before flute, cello, melodic percussion, and additional woodwinds joined the interplay.”

CD Review, Ginastera: One Hundred

CD Review — Ginastera: One Hundred

by Jeremy Reynolds Cleveland Classical

October 14, 2016

“The album is a masterpiece. Kondonassis’s playing in the concerto is rhythmically exact, yet passionate. It is mesmerizing… The Shahams are two of the most inspiring performers of our day, and their performance on this album simply adds another feather to what must be an already heavily-plumed cap… Jason Vieaux’s playing captures the ear with equal parts charisma and wistfulness. Like the other soloists, Vieaux is at the top of his field, and he ties the album’s performances together with uncanny skill… A wonderful overview of Ginastera’s music.”

CD Review: American Harp

CD Review: American Harp

Classics Today

July 2, 2013

“Kondonassis is an amazing harpist with perfect technique and a pure, limpid tone that consistently seduces the ear.”