Ballade Arctique on CD


Fantasias & Fugues:

Music for solo harp by Bach, Parish-Alvars, Kimbell, Turina and Renié, performed by Katrina Szederkényi — includes
Michael Kimbell’s Ballade Arctique (full version)

Ballade Arctique, written for Katrina Szederkényi in 2013, explores the coloristic and virtuosic capabilities of the harp to retell a true story of the Canadian north, originally told by Farley Mowat in his book People of the Deer. An Inuit hunter and his family are starving as the life-giving herds of caribou disappear from the northern tundra. In desperation the hunter sets out on a quest, finds and shoots a lone caribou. On his way home he encounters another starving family. Breaking the law of men, he refuses to share any of the kill. During the night he has a nightmare in which he is surrounded by howling wolves. Waking suddenly, he discovers that wolves have indeed stolen the carcass. He arrives home empty-handed to find his wife feeding the last drops of her blood to the infant. The grandmother curses him.

CDs can be purchased in person from Michael Kimbell,
or online at MSR Classics or Amazon.

Hear the beginning of Ballad Arctique:

Ballade Arctique (full version):
The Desolate Far North — Starving Family — The Hunt — Another Starving Family —
Wolf Nightmare — Stolen Carcass — Death of Wife and Infant —
The Grandmother’s Curse (fugue)

Ballade Arctique (short version):
The Desolate Far North — Starving Family — The Hunt —
Death of Wife and Infant — The Desolate Far North

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