An unusual duo of two instruments which are rarely heard together. The harmonica, in the right hands, can be an instrument of great beauty, whose delicate tone colours mingle with the heavenly sound of the harp to a charming symbiosis.
The repertoire of the duo includes original compositions for harmonica, transcriptions of classical and modern pieces and arrangements of traditional folk music. Both artists have a strong liking for Irish music and love especially playing the imaginative and witty arrangements of British Folk Songs, written for harmonica and harp by the English harpist Skaila Kanga.
Siglinde Vellguth and Uwe Warschkow have been inspired by the British harmonica virtuoso Tommy Reilly and Skaila Kanga. In 1977 they formed a duo, active for twenty years, and highly respected in the classical music world. They appeared together on record, in recitals, on television and at festivals in many countries in Europe and in South America.
Siglinde Vellguth comes from a family of ten from Koblenz, Germany. Like her siblings, she was taught at the piano from the age of six, from the age of ten also on the harp. With the harp she participated successfully several times at the competition “Jugend musiziert” (Young Musicians).
While she was still in school, she was already a junior student at the Music Academy (Robert-Schumann-Hochschule) in Düsseldorf. After high school she continued her studies with the harp as main instrument and completed it with the study of general music education. She graduated in both disciplines with diploma.
Since 2011 Siglinde Vellguth lives as a freelance artist in Hamburg.
In addition to her career as soloist and duo with harmonica player Uwe Warschkow she has established her instrument with different projects outside the classical harp music: jazz and pop ballads in duo with vocals; harp and poetry; Irish Folk with celtic harp, tin and low whithles, Irish bouzouki, bodhran, guitar, bagpipes, violin and vocals; rock music with a seven-man cover band, and since 2013, music by Frank Zappa with renowned international artists.
She also teaches harp and piano.
Uwe Warschkow studied at the HOHNER Konservatorium in Trossingen, Germany, from 1956 to 1959. Here he became fascinated by the harmonica.
Professionally he worked as a charterted accountant and tax consultant in Hamburg, Germany. Music has always remained a hobby.
His special interest has been in original compositions for the harmonica, transcriptions of suited classical and modern works, and arrangements of international folk music. He is a great fan of the legendary Tommy Reilly whom he regularly visited for lessons for more than 20 years until Reilly’s passing away. Over the years they became close friends.
As a member of the “Norsk Munnspill Kvartett”, he was awarded with first prizes at the World Harmonica Festival in 1993, and at the European Harp Festival in Trossingen, Germany in 1996, both in the category ‘chamber music’. Inspired by Tommy Reilly and his pianist, the composer James Moody, the quartet was formed by participants of the annual harmonica master classes in Norway. They played like a string quartet only with treble and tenor harmonicas. During Mr. Warschkow’s time in Norway (2000 - 2012) the pianist and organist Martin Spindler was his permanent accompanist and mentor.
Since 2014 he plays regularly with the harpist Siglinde Vellguth as the “Duo Kamuhamu”.
Uwe Warschkow plays a “Polle Concert Harmonica”, custom-made of pure silver.
Harp and harmonica - a unique tonal blending. The harmonica, in the right hands, can be an instrument of great beauty, whose delicate tone colours mingle with the heavenly sound of the harp to a charming symbiosis.
You will listen to works by Bach-Gounod, Johannes Brahms, Jean Martini, Georges Bizet, Heitor Villa-Lobos, J. Sperling, Jerome Jolles, Alfredo Rolando Ortiz and Skaila Kanga as well as to British Folk Songs, arranged for harmonica and harp by the the English harpist Skaila Kanga.
01. Canzonetta - Skaila Kanga
02. Playsir d'Amour - Jean Martini, arr. Tommy Reilly
03. Menuett aus der Suite L'Arlesienne Nr. 2 - Georges Bizet
04. Aria aus Bachianas Brasileiras Nr. 5 - Heitor Villa-Lobos, arr. Skaila Kanga
05. The Blessing Nigun - J. Sperling
06. Prayer for Peace - Jerome Jolles
07. Si Quedara Sin Ti - Alfredo Orlando Ortiz
08. Ave Maria - Bach-Gounod
09. David of the White Rock - Trad. Wales, arr. Skaila Kanga
10. Londonderry Air - Trad. Irland, arr. Skaila Kanga
11. My Love is like a Red, Red Rose - Trad. Schottland, arr. Skaila Kanga
12. Scarboro' Fair - Trad. England, arr. Skaila Kanga
13. Early One Morning - Trad. England, arr. Skaila Kanga
14. Morning has broken - Trad. England, arr. Skaila Kanga
15. Guten Abend, Gute Nacht - Johannes Brahms
Price: € 15,00 (plus shipping)
Willi Burger, Ranco, Lago Maggiore, Italia
one of the most distinguished classical harmonica soloists in our time:
"In a time of electronic instruments and the often exaggerated amplification, the CD by Uwe and Siglinde - quietly as on tiptoes - has brought back the grace of sound.
All 15 pieces of the CD were masterfully performed with high interpretative art.
On this occasion Uwe proved to be a soloist with a very elegant, respectful, sometimes reserved way of playing.
Siglinde accompanied the harmonica on her musical journey with great empathy and a tender tone.
Bravo, many well-earned compliments."
Skaila Kanga, Chorleywood, England
world famous English harpist and retired head of Harp Studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London:
“What a delightful CD.
A pleasure to listen to with delightful performances by the artists.
Brings back great memories of the artistry of Tommy Reilly who was Uwe’s mentor.”
Sigmund Groven, Oslo, Norway
today one of the leading harmonica soloists in the world:
It is a lovely concert, you play very well together and the quality of the recording
is first-class - warm and rich sound with wonderful sonorous bloom.
Altogether highly enjoyable, you can be proud!"
Walter Buchinger, Laakirchen, Austria
retired leader of the “Landesmusikschule Laakirchen”. He is considered to be the the leading forerunner of classical harmonica playing in Austria:
“Your CD "Prayer for Peace" is a gem; a pure pleasure and edification while hearing. In many arrangements you would think they were written for these two instruments.
You belong to the few harmonica players who have succeeded in achieving full equivalence of sound quality in various directions of breath.
Your and your excellent harpist’s playing are characterised by particularly subtle musical expression.
Both your playing certainty are also to be admired. I'm sure these recordings would also have received special recognition by Tommy Reilly.”
Martin Spindler, Hauge i Dalane, Norway
pianist and organist:
"The CD "Prayer for Peace" is characterised by a beautiful harmonious interaction, The programme selection is very stimulating and it is moving to listen to your music.
If the restless world would listen more to such sounds! The outstanding arrangements by Skaila Kanga highlight the unique combination of a harp and a harmonica.
The pieces are tonally beautifully designed and well phrased. The live recordings are of very good quality.
Bravo - and congratulations!”
For a concert or a festive occasion, we offer a versatile repertoire from the fields Classic and Modern, international Folk Songs and Film Music.
In the field of international Folk Songs we love especially playing the imaginative and witty arrangements of British Folk Songs, written for harmonica and harp by the English harpist Skaila Kanga. Skaila Kanga wrote these arrangements for harmonica and harp for her Duo with the legendary English harmonica virtuoso Tommy Reilly. Both artists formed a duo in 1977, active for more than 20 years, and highly respected in the classical music world.
We would be happy putting together an individual program with you. Please, contact us .
|Johann Sebastian Bach||Arioso from Cantata No. 156
Siciliano from Flute Sonata No. 2 in E flat major
Largo from Concerto in D minor after Vivaldi, BWV 596
|Georg Friedrich Händel||Air and Rondo|
|Jean Martini||Playsir d’amour|
|Ambroise Thomas||Gavotte from “Mignon“|
|Claude Debussy||La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin|
|Gabriel Fauré||Sicilienne from “Pelleas und Melisande”|
|Georges Bizet||Minuet from the Suite L’Arlesienne No. 2|
|Erik Satie||Gymnopedie No. 1|
|Léo Delibes||Pizzicato from “Sylvia”|
|Charles Gounod||Ballett Music from “Faust”|
|Moritz Moszkowski||Spanish Dance No. 2|
|Heitor Villa-Lobos||Aria from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
The Song of the Black Swan
|Alfredo Rolando Ortiz||Si Quedara Sin Ti|
|Ernest Bloch||Prayer from „Jewish Life“, No. 1|
|Jerome Jolles||Prayer for Peace|
|John Williams||Thema from „Schindler’s List“|
|Astor Piazzolla||Adios Nonino
La Fortezza Dei Grandi Perche
Tanti Anni Prima (Ave Maria)
Milonga Sin Palabras
|Wales||David of the White Rock|
|Scotland||My Love is like a Red, Red Rose|
|England||Blow the Wind Southerly|
|England||Early One Morning|
|England||Morning has broken|
|Scotland||Ye Banks and Braes|
|England||Drink to me only|
|Ireland||The Lark in the Clear Air|
|Scotland||The Skye Boat Song|
|Ireland||Endearing Young Charms|
|Wales||The Ash Grove|
|England||Dashing Away with the Smooth Iron|
|Niki Reiser||Beyond the Silence|
|Ennio Morricone||Once Upon a Time in the West
Love Theme from “Cinema Paradiso”
|Andrew Lloyd Webber||Memory|
|Nina Rota||Speak Softly Love|
|Henry Mancini||Moon River|
|Harold Arlen||Over The Rainbow|