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Early Music of Scotland: On the Banks of Helicon
Scottish Traditional, Scottish Anonymous, Pierre Cadeac
Early Music of Scotland: On the Banks of Helicon
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Folk, World Music, Special Interest, Pop, Classical
 
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There are no more proficient or imaginative practitioners of early music than the members of the Baltimore Consort. Their programs are invariably intelligent and involving, and the performances--well, you just have to he...  more »

      
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There are no more proficient or imaginative practitioners of early music than the members of the Baltimore Consort. Their programs are invariably intelligent and involving, and the performances--well, you just have to hear them. Faultless musicianship and a real sense of style characterize every interpretation and arrangement. This disc features music of Renaissance Scotland--songs, dances, airs--both lively and lyrical, serious and humorous, performed by a colorful variety of period instruments and, often, the beautiful soprano of Custer LaRue. The nice thing is, you don't have to know anything about this music to thoroughly enjoy it. And considering its origins as folk music, that's just as it should be. --David Vernier

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The American Invasion?
NDM | 06/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Stirling Castle in Scotland has a room dedicated to authentic early Scots music. Guess what they've selected for you to hear, echoing off those stone arches just as (you are told) it would have sounded four hundred years ago? That's right - a buncha Yanks. And rightly so.Early music consorts are often rigid, adhering to the sheet as though it were a Beethoven score with every dynamic fastidiously set. The BC play early music the way it was written to be played: to be improvised upon, shown off with, played at, and many other phrases abusing prepositions. Their interpretations are sprightly, exciting, touching, haunting, achingly beautiful, and just plain a delight. And -- in my opinion -- "Helicon" is arguably their best. ("The Ladyes Delight" competes for the spot.)The Baltimore Consort have done for early music what the Beatles did for rock 'n' roll. Even if you don't care for classical music, you'll like this one."
Like the Music of Scotland? You'll LOVE This!
Harold T Thomas | Silver Spring, MD | 12/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you enjoy the musical sounds of Scotland, this album is a must-have. Custer LaRue's vocals, Chris Norman's flutes, Ronn McFarlane's lutes and Edwin George's bagpipes will transport you to Renaissance Scotland. And if you've heard these tunes before by other performers, give the Baltimore Consort a chance to show you what quality Renaissance music is all about! While this album is more vocally driven than some of the Baltimore Consort's other albums, it is an enjoyable offering that will only add spice to your music shelf. The songs here are grand examples of the fine Scottish music of the 16th-18th centuries, and will be enjoyed with perhaps as much zeal as the instrumentals. There is a fine musical rendering of the Lord's Prayer in "Our Father God Celestial" on this album, a favorite of mine. There are two bagpipe tunes, which no Scottish album could be without. Lovers of Celtic music (like me) will no doubt enjoy this album, as it is yet another by the Consort that has been played and replayed in my household."
Awww, wow (^_^) I love this thing!
harisakebu | 01/21/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This cd is so pretty! I love scottish music, and there isn't a single song on this alphum i don't like. And that's coming from a 14 year old girl who dresses in black and listens to Marilyn Manson...@_@....eh, I always had weird tastes. I think i'm the only one my age who listens to Malice Mizer, Dir en Grey, Gackt,Morning Musume, Enya, and Bach....AHHH! what have my parents spawned!?!? . .oh, well...
I think that only a closed minded person wouldn't like this alphum (you know, people who only like modern music and only ever wear the -latest fashions' . . .[cough] . . ) But then again, every one's entitled to their own opinion...."