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“Anne Roos is an amazing harpist and this CD showcases her talents beautifully. A small musical group joins her on this effort, which highlights songs about woodland creatures such as fairies, nymphs and trolls. A 31 page hardcover book comes with the CD and it talks about various folk history and legends--a nice touch to a well thought out musical effort.
The group provides a lovely sound. CDs that are put forth only showcasing harp music can be nice, but it is equally wonderful to have some additional accompaniment; and it expands the amount of people that it will appeal to as well.
Roos' harp music is effortless. Gliding and sliding over notes, she shows her skill time and again, but this isn't "gaudy" music. It's simple, pretty fare. At 18 tracks, there are quite a few songs to enjoy here, each offering its own mood and feel. The gentleness of the harp is underscored in some pieces, the yearning almost palpable. If you love the instrument, you have to listen to this and see what can be done with the various arrangements. If you aren't a huge fan of the harp, there are still plenty of tracks here that you can enjoy.”
– Catherine L. Tully
Lahri Bond reviews Anne Roos’ CD, A Light in the Forest in the June/July 2008 issue:
"Here is a nifty little idea; combine a CD of Celtic harp music, thematically connected by songs about forest and faerie lore, with a CD-sized hardcover book of background information and stories associated with each song. In the hands of a lesser player than Anne Roos, this could have easily been an exercise in prancing around the pixie dust, but Roos’ research, design sensibility, and, most of all, her masterful playing makes this project a delight.
Joined by woodwinds, harmonium, percussion, viola, guitars, and fiddle, Roos takes center stage with her sweeping and articulate harp playing on 18 tunes. What brings this CD up a level from just another pretty harp album is Roos’ sharp and clean harp playing. She also has a fine ear for melody and timing.
The booklet is richly illustrated with paintings from such artists as Frank Goodwin and William Holbrook Beard and a host of Victorian postcard illustrations. Overall, this is an exceptional marriage of music, words, and visuals that both adults and children would enjoy very much.”
– Dirty Linen Magazine
Hot Review of Anne Roos' CD Mermaids & Mariners
In the August/September 2005 issue of Dirty Linen Magazine, Susan Hartman reviews Mermaids & Mariners, the latest album release by Anne Roos:
"Lovely" and "enchanting" are two words that come to mind in describing this CD. First, the packaging: in hardcover-booklet form, fronted by marbled paper surrounding a cutout through which shows a tinted illustration from a German fairy-tale book. Extensive notes include an essay on the nature of the "call of the sea," the history of each tune, and a biography of each musician. A perfect piece for gift shops...but how does the music stand up? Quite well, in fact. Anne Roos is an accomplished Celtic harpist, and she is joined by equally accomplished friends to form an ensemble that makes music at the crossroads of Celtic and "ancient music."
– Dirty Linen Magazine
Anne Roos' Music Heard Round the World!
Flying in May or June of 2005? A track from Anne Roos' CD Mermaids & Mariners will be featured on the Rhythms of the World Channel on United Airlines and Air Force One airplanes. This music can be accessed with on board headsets.
An official with the company says, "It's beautiful music and absolutely stunning packaging." Mermaids & Mariners is actually a 24-page book containing an instrumental CD, featuring Anne Roos on the Celtic harp, with guitar, fiddle, and viola. This recording celebrates the lure of the sea through ballads, laments, and sea shanties.
– United Airlines
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