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‘Emily’s Calling’ speaks eloquently of Stevenson’s remarkable ability with the harp, impressionistically summoning up her ‘sparkling daughter’. Eddi Reader sings the title track and there is a brilliantly conceived suite in three movements for string quartet ( on which she is joined by violins, viola and cello ). On the solo ‘Blue Orchid’ ( a tune that sounds like it might sit easily in the ‘Kind of Blue’ canon of Miles Davies ) the lively cascading notes of the harp evoke tonalities normally associated with the lute, banjo or Japanese koto. In a class of its own…

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