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A Celtic Spectacular

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
The pungent wailing of uillean pipes and the plaintive sighs of a pennywhistle had become frequently overused Hollywood clichés by the time this album of Irish-themed symphonic "pops" came out -- and naturally, you'll find plenty of those sounds here. Though the CD opens in a manner most unlike an Erich Kunzel/Cincinnati Pops album -- with a Carlos Santana-like guitar solo from Ted Karas on "Celtic Dream" from Lord of the Dance -- soon everyone gets down to business with a selection of native tunes and Irish-flavored film and show music cushioned with symphonic upholstery. On one track apiece, the specialty instruments have celebrity performers. Sir James Galway mans ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
The pungent wailing of uillean pipes and the plaintive sighs of a pennywhistle had become frequently overused Hollywood clichés by the time this album of Irish-themed symphonic "pops" came out -- and naturally, you'll find plenty of those sounds here. Though the CD opens in a manner most unlike an Erich Kunzel/Cincinnati Pops album -- with a Carlos Santana-like guitar solo from Ted Karas on "Celtic Dream" from Lord of the Dance -- soon everyone gets down to business with a selection of native tunes and Irish-flavored film and show music cushioned with symphonic upholstery. On one track apiece, the specialty instruments have celebrity performers. Sir James Galway mans the pennywhistle and also his flute on a mist-shrouded, elaborate arrangement of "Simple Gifts" -- which he stoically overdubbed in New York City on the day of the 9/11 attacks. On "Chasing the Fox," the team is the Irish superstar band the Chieftains also recorded separately, in Dublin, combining with the Pops in a muddled din of a track. However, uileann pipes/whistleplayer Kieran O'Hare, fiddler Liz Knowles, and the Celtic band Silver Arm take care of most of the folk sounds with equal expertise -- and the advantage of recording with the orchestra in the same place. There is also one bona fide Irish tenor actually he's from Canada, but no matter, John McDermott, performing "A Little Bit of Heaven," "Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ra/Galway Bay," and, of course, "Danny Boy." Intriguingly and gratifyingly, the album ends with a flashback as to how earlier generations experienced Irish nights at the "pops" -- two sumptuously played movements from Leroy Anderson's "Irish Suite," expertly crafted with dignity and humor. But why just two? There is more than enough room left on the SACD and CD for the rest of the suite.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2002
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408057120
  • Catalog Number: 80571
  • Sales rank: 145,135

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Celtic Dream - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (4:23)
  2. 2 Cry of the Celts - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:47)
  3. 3 O'Farrell's Welcome to Limerick, jig - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:04)
  4. 4 Simple Gifts, for flute & orchestra - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (4:51)
  5. 5 A Little Bit of Heaven (from "The Heart of Paddy Whack") - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:37)
  6. 6 Irish Party in the Third Class - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:09)
  7. 7 The Countess Cathleen - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (2:53)
  8. 8 Chasing the Fox: The Gathering; The Hunt Moves Off; Good Morrow Fox; Th - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (4:20)
  9. 9 Medley: Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ra (J. R. Shannon) / Galway Bay (A. Coleman) - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:04)
  10. 10 A Piper Celebration - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (4:12)
  11. 11 Celtic Angels - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (2:46)
  12. 12 The Mummer's Dance - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:49)
  13. 13 Steps From The Highlands - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:49)
  14. 14 Londonderry Air (Danny Boy), folk song - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (4:19)
  15. 15 The Last Rose of Summer, for orchestra (Irish Suite No. 5) - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:39)
  16. 16 The Irish Washerwoman, for orchestra (Irish Suite No. 1) - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Erich Kunzel Primary Artist, Conductor
The Chieftains Ensemble
James Galway Flute, Human Whistle
John McDermott Tenor (Vocal), Track Performer
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
Ted Karas Guitar
Kieran O'Hare Human Whistle, uillean pipes
Liz Knowles Fiddle, Violin
John McDermott Jr. Tenor Saxophone, Tenor (Vocal)
James Bunte Saxophone
Richard Desberg Vocals
Joseph Hardiman Vocals
Judy McConnell Vocals
Howard Meyer Vocals
Silver Arm Group, Ensemble
Timothy Lees Violin
Technical Credits
Leroy Anderson Arranger
Michael Bishop Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Jack Everly Arranger
Gary Gray Producer, Engineer
Randy Harper Engineer, Engineering
Paddy Moloney Producer
Brian Masterson Engineer
Loreena McKennitt Composer
Joseph Price Arranger
Bill Whelan Composer
Robert Woods Producer, Executive Producer
Paul Winter Consort Arranger
Anilda Carrasquillo Art Direction
John Windt Engineer
Richard E. Rodda Liner Notes, Author
James Royce Shannon Composer
Arthur Colahan Lyricist
Courtney Davis Cover Illustration
Steven R. Reineke Arranger
Ed Meitner Engineer
J. Keirn Brennan Lyricist
Arthur Coleman Composer
Dr. Arthur Colahan Lyricist
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