A Celtic Tale: The Legend of Deirdre [Narrated]

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Written and recorded by brothers Mychael & Jeff Danna between their other scoring projects, A Celtic Tale is the soundtrack to an imaginary film of the Irish legend of Deirdre. Both the album and the legend reflect many aspects of love and sorrow. The Danna brothers mix Celtic folk, symphonic, and ambient music into a distinctive and fitting setting for Deirdre's star-crossed story. Though she is betrothed to a king, Deirdre finds her true love; she and her lover are exiled. When they try to return to their land, Deirdre's lover is killed, and she is imprisoned by the king she was to marry. Love and war blend in Deirdre's story; similarly, the music combines ...
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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Written and recorded by brothers Mychael & Jeff Danna between their other scoring projects, A Celtic Tale is the soundtrack to an imaginary film of the Irish legend of Deirdre. Both the album and the legend reflect many aspects of love and sorrow. The Danna brothers mix Celtic folk, symphonic, and ambient music into a distinctive and fitting setting for Deirdre's star-crossed story. Though she is betrothed to a king, Deirdre finds her true love; she and her lover are exiled. When they try to return to their land, Deirdre's lover is killed, and she is imprisoned by the king she was to marry. Love and war blend in Deirdre's story; similarly, the music combines authentic Celtic instruments such as fiddle, tin whistle, flute, uilleann and highland pipes, and wire-strung harp with orchestral power and electronic atmospherics. Both listenable and powerful, A Celtic Tale showcases the Dannas' skill for creating emotionally accessible, technically beautiful music. [This version features narration of Deirdre's tale by Fiona Ritchie, famous in Celtic music circles for her National Public Radio show, The Thistle and Shamrock. Though her narration is slightly rapid, her charming Scottish brogue enhances the Celtic flavor of the music as it gives words to Deirdre's sorrow.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/11/1997
  • Label: Hearts Of Space
  • UPC: 025041107327
  • Catalog Number: 11073
  • Sales rank: 240,590

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Prophecy (3:52)
  2. 2 The Child Deirdre (4:04)
  3. 3 Sons Of Uisnach (2:53)
  4. 4 Under High Branches (3:11)
  5. 5 Loch Etive (2:47)
  6. 6 The Vision (5:01)
  7. 7 South By Sail (3:06)
  8. 8 Defeat Of The Red Branch (3:32)
  9. 9 The Druid (5:46)
  10. 10 The Drowning Plains (3:33)
  11. 11 Lament (2:55)
  12. 12 Two Trees (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jeff Danna Primary Artist, Guitar, Mandolin, Keyboards, Track Performer
Krysia Kocjan Vocals, Voices
Mychael Danna Piano, Keyboards, Track Performer
Robert Grim Trumpet
Glen Holmen Bass, Mandolin, Upright Bass
Ron Korb Flute, Recorder
Patrick O'Gorman Bagpipes, Pipe
Kirk Worthington Cello
Eric Hall Bassoon
Loretto Reid Flute, Concertina, Human Whistle, tin whistle
Ian Goodfellow Pipe, uillean pipes
Jamie Snyder Fiddle
Sharlene Wallace Harp, celtic harp
Fiona Ritchie Narrator
Brian Miller Conductor
Technical Credits
Stephen Hill Producer, Mastering, Art Direction
Mychael Danna Composer, Producer
Jeff Danna Composer, Producer
John Hegedes Digital Editing
Bob Olhsson Mastering
Utah Symphony Orchestra Contributor
John Stuart Dick Liner Notes, Adaptation, Adaptation to CD
Brad Haehnel Engineer
Paul Intson Digital Editing
Joseph Jacobs Illustrations
Jeff Taylor Production Design
The Brothers O'Danna Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Inspiring and breathtakingly beautiful!

    A lush, evocative ¿soundtrack¿ by the Brothers Danna accompanies narration by "The Thistle and Shamrock"'s Fiona Ritchie, bringing to life the legend of Deirdre with mystery, excitement, sorrow and Celtic flare. Fiona's brogue is, as ever, enchanting. Mychael and Jeff¿s melodies for whistle, fiddle, soprano, harp and plaintive pipes penetrate the heart, lingering on in memory long after the CD player has been turned off. And unlike many folk and new age compositions, this music has real complexity and depth. No excessive repetition here--the harmonies move and change, percussion varies, themes emerge and fade, and the melodies travel onward from beginning to end. This is a true symphony of sound, featuring sixteen talented solo-musicians backed by the Utah Orchestra. ¿A Celtic Tale: The Legend of Deirdre¿ actually comes in two versions: narrated, and music only. I have both--one for the story, and the other to hear every note of the gorgeous music, which fades frequently into the background in the narrated version. If you like this recording, try the very lovely and complimentary ¿A Celtic Romance: The Legend of Liadain and Curithir¿, also by the Danna brothers, and also the surprisingly similar ¿The Merlin Mystery¿ by Alkaemy.

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