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Celtic Treasure - The Legacy of Turlough O'Carolan
Genres: Folk, World Music, Jazz, New Age
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Marcy B. from ERIE, PA
Reviewed on 10/5/2008...
The first of a beautiful collection of Thrlough O' Carolan's works. A must have for any true Celtic/Irish music collectors. Done for the most part in traditional style. Lovely!
Jay | 09/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD is absolutely incredible. O'Carolan is about the best composer that ever lived, it is about time that someone compiled some of his best works. I listen to this CD nearly every day. I find it very relaxing. Whenever I hear Planxty Burke, or Eleanor Plunkett - my mind is bombarded with images of rolling greens and Irish rain. A truly beautiful compilation of music that flow and work very well with each other."
Wonderful performances, but don't always suit the tunes
Jay | 04/01/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"While the quality of the selections on this album is uniformly excellent, I wasn't as satisfied with it overall as I have been with other collections of O'Carolan tunes. I finally figured out why: O'Carolan wrote his melodies for harp, where the resonances in the empty spaces between the notes are as important as the notes themselves. The most successful tracks on this album are those featuring the harp itself, or plucked/hammered string instruments that emulate it, such as guitar and piano (I think Donna Long's "Mrs. Judge" is brilliant). Other selections, e.g., John Whelan's lively "Carolan's Concerto," work well because the tune requires agility rather than expressiveness. But the slow tunes are less effective on an instrument such as the flute, where the melody becomes a series of legato notes with no breaks between them: compare Jerry O'Sullivan's rendition of "Carolan's Farewell to Music" with, say, Patrick Ball's, and you'll see what I mean. I still enjoy the album in general, but I tend to skip some tracks when I play it!"