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Riverdance: Music From The Show
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Riverdance: Music From The Show
Genres: Folk, World Music, New Age, Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
 
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Based on Irish folk dancing styles, Riverdance was originally devised as a 20-minute intermission entertainment for the Eurovision Song Contest. There, its phenomenal reception inspired composer Bill Whelan to expand the p...  more »

      
   

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All Artists: Anuna
Title: Riverdance: Music From The Show
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 11
Label: Decca U.S.
Original Release Date: 1/1/1997
Re-Release Date: 6/17/1997
Album Type: Special Edition, Soundtrack
Genres: Folk, World Music, New Age, Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Traditional Folk, British & Celtic Folk, Contemporary Folk, Celtic, Europe, British Isles, Celtic New Age, Adult Contemporary, Adult Alternative, Musicals
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 601215307627

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Based on Irish folk dancing styles, Riverdance was originally devised as a 20-minute intermission entertainment for the Eurovision Song Contest. There, its phenomenal reception inspired composer Bill Whelan to expand the piece into a full-length stage show, still centered around Irish music, but now telling a loose story of many different peoples who in the 20th century have found themselves émigrés. The paradoxically formal yet expressive, sensual, and exhilarating energy of traditional Irish dance and Irish folk music is only the beginning. A work full of strong melodies, excitement, romantic dreams, and nostalgic longing, the full Riverdance show is a spellbinding spectacle. Complete with orchestra, Whelan brings influences from Irish classical music, incorporates the haunting sound of vocal group Anuna, and adds the diverse folk sounds of Nova Scotia, Macedonia, Russia, and Andalucia to his rich cultural melting pot. Playing on the album are some of the finest folk musicians around, including piper Davy Spillane and Eileen Ivers on fiddle. The result is not just a tuneful souvenir of a great stage show, but a most enjoyable release in its own right. Whelan also has worked on the Rob Roy soundtrack and composed The Seville Suite and The Spirit of Mayo. --Gary S. Dalkin

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