Through her depth of expression as an internationally recognized harp soloist, actor, writer, and teacher, Rita Costanzi, in the words of Celtic Author, Treasa O’Driscoll, “bears the mark of the true artist whose task it is to rise above the tumult of the times. A force of truth and love in herself and a musician of exceptional accomplishment, her playing never fails to touch the souls of listeners in deep and unexpected ways.” Winner of The 2020 Hershey Felder Presents Arts Prize, Costanzi’s documentary film, Moonlight in the Bronx, captivated viewers around the world with its powerful memorial to Ludwig van Beethoven and the victims of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The 2021 Sunflower Festival hosted the World Premiere of Costanzi’s stunning Theater Piece, Woman On A Ledge, by Hershey Felder, with the support of a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts.

Albums

Amoroso

Release Date: January 27, 2023
Catalog Number: NV6477
20th Century
Romantic
Chamber
Harp
Oboe
Few instruments are as viscerally associated with the idea of grace and beauty as the harp, and few are as apt to express a sense of yearning as the oboe. So what could possibly capture the feeling of love better than a duo composed of these two instruments? Possibly nothing, as harpist Rita Costanzi and oboist Alex Klein rivetingly demonstrate on AMOROSO, an archetypally romantic album of intimate chamber music. Well-known classics by Debussy, Fauré, Massenet, Rachmaninoff, Piazzolla, and Rodrigo shine in a new light, and two new, fittingly Romanticist pieces by contemporary composer Michael Cohen perfectly complete this wonderful picture.

The Sea Knows

Release Date: July 14, 2017
Catalog Number: NV6111
21st Century
Chamber
Solo Instrumental
Cello
Viola
Violin
Michael Kurek’s PARMA Recordings debut, THE SEA KNOWS, is a charming collection of works written with an emphasis on that which is beautiful and emotive. Composing in a tonal idiom reminiscent of the great melodists of the early 20th century, Kurek creates music that tugs at the heartstrings without ever pandering, that is rich in emotive content without feeling sugary. The works on THE SEA KNOWS plumb the depths of musical sensitivity and will appeal to anyone who listens to music seeking intimacy and an emotionally-grounded experience.