Celtic Woman

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PBS viewers know the talents of Celtic Woman, an ensemble of five Irish singers who make their recording debut with this disc blending traditional folk, contemporary pop, and classical styles. With accompaniments ranging from full orchestra to chorus, delicate harp, and fiddle, the five -- Chloë, Lisa, Méav, Órla, and Máiréad -- lend their expressive voices to such standards as "Danny Boy" and "Ave Maria," as well as Enya's "Oronico Flow" and Ennio Morricone's "Nella Fantasia." Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up" is the inspirational conclusion to the program -- save for a pair of bonus tracks that round out this generally soothing set with some genuine Celtic flavor.
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PBS viewers know the talents of Celtic Woman, an ensemble of five Irish singers who make their recording debut with this disc blending traditional folk, contemporary pop, and classical styles. With accompaniments ranging from full orchestra to chorus, delicate harp, and fiddle, the five -- Chloë, Lisa, Méav, Órla, and Máiréad -- lend their expressive voices to such standards as "Danny Boy" and "Ave Maria," as well as Enya's "Oronico Flow" and Ennio Morricone's "Nella Fantasia." Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up" is the inspirational conclusion to the program -- save for a pair of bonus tracks that round out this generally soothing set with some genuine Celtic flavor.
All Music Guide - Gregory McIntosh
Manhattan Records' release of Celtic Woman is a compilation/collaboration between five unknown vocalists, introduced only by their first names Chloë, Lisa, Órla, Méav, and Máiréad, who take turns chirping Irish ballads as heard through a dramatic, lush new age filter. Via reverb-heavy and thick keyboard atmospherics, the singers cover contemporary ground, such as Enya's "Orinoco Flow," to traditional melodies like "Danny Boy" and "Ave Maria." While each vocalist brings a separate lovely timbre to the table, each song shares a similar theatrical arrangement and plodding tempo that smoothes over any subtleties that might distinguish track from track, therefore fitting well sonically side by side, but leaving the listener yearning for a bit more dynamic. Overall Celtic Woman is a decent set of well-performed vocal pop, but ultimately more a soothing background soundtrack than anything memorable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2005
  • Label: Manhattan Records
  • UPC: 724386023322
  • Catalog Number: 60233
  • Sales rank: 7,632

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Last Rose of Summer (Intro)/Walking in the Air - Chloé (4:22)
  2. 2 May It Be - Lisa (3:47)
  3. 3 Isle of Inisfree - Méav (3:28)
  4. 4 Danny Boy (3:26)
  5. 5 One World (3:49)
  6. 6 Ave Maria - Chloé (2:56)
  7. 7 Send Me a Song - Lisa (4:23)
  8. 8 Siúil a Rún (Walk My Love) - Órla Fallon (3:16)
  9. 9 Orinoco Flow (3:32)
  10. 10 Someday - Chloé (4:22)
  11. 11 She Moved Thru' the Fair - Mairead (3:30)
  12. 12 Nella Fantasia - Chloé (3:42)
  13. 13 The Butterfly - Lisa (3:02)
  14. 14 Harry's Game - Órla Fallon (2:32)
  15. 15 The Soft Goodbye (3:59)
  16. 16 You Raise Me Up (4:34)
  17. 17 The Ashoken Farewell/The Contradiction - Lisa (4:10)
  18. 18 Sí Do Mhaimeo Í (The Wealthy Widow) - Méav (2:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Celtic Woman Primary Artist
Andrew Boland Percussion
Robbie Casserly Percussion, Bodhran
Eoghan O'Neill Bass
Ray Fean Percussion
David Agnew Oboe
David Downes Celeste, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Human Whistle, Musical Direction, Low Whistle
Des Moore Guitar
Alan Smale Concert Master
Andreja Malir Harp
The Irish Film Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Méav Vocals
John Page Conductor
Órla Fallon Harp, Vocals
Aontas Choral Group Choir, Chorus
Rosemary Collier Choir Director
Technical Credits
Enya Composer
Roma Ryan Composer
Andrew Boland Engineer
Paul Brennan Composer
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Ennio Morricone Composer
Alan Menken Composer
David Downes Arranger, Composer, Producer, Orchestration, Music Direction
Rolf Lovland Composer
Mairead Nesbitt Arranger
Stephen Schwartz Composer
Traditional Composer
Tara Leigh Chiari Marketing
Chiara Ferrau Composer
Frederick Edward Weatherly Composer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted February 1, 2012

    You will love this!

    This CD starts with Chloë singing Walking in the Air. Wow! After hearing her sing, I've recently purchased her concert DVD of the same title - I haven't received it yet, but will put a rating in as soon as I see it. This CD is full of great songs. Enya's "May It Be" from Lord of the Rings is wonderfully sung by Lisa. This is one of my favorite CDs and highly recommend it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Walking in the Air

    Celtic Woman is such a captivating CD. I love all of the girls who sing, but Orla is my ultimate favorite. The storyline that the songs have will truly enchant you to where you will want to listen to them over and over again as I do. Mairead, who plays the fiddle, is utterly incredible. When she plays the faster songs you can't help but dance; and when she plays the slower songs, she touches your heart.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    truely awesome

    absolutely fantabulous!! highly recommend to anyone who likes good music!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    love this group

    Added 14 of the tracks to my MP3 & laptop. Find this group to be both soothing and almost haunting.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    excellent

    must see in person

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Somewhat disappointing.

    A light sound that is not always a pleasure to the listening ear.Greater depth would enhance the quality of this recording.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    love them

    loved them all since i saw them on pbs there voices were so beautiful like nothing ive ever heard. and the violin player shes so great at it. love them all especially Chloe.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Sweet, Ladies, Talented, Angelic Voices

    It's hard to find good music on the radio, so I am going to order all their CD indivdually. I have all the DVD now and love them all. I paint and listen to these ladies and it relaxes me.
    I also travel and the CD's will come in handy too.
    I recommend all of them.
    David Downes is soooo talented too. Love Marid and her violin-her energy on stage is wonderful to see.
    I hope they do many more DVD/CD too.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Pretty good but A New Journey is better

    This album is very nice. But I think A New Journey really captures there essence. This is very good and I love it but I found the other to be more exciting, seemingly more authentic, and created a better experience.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    AWESOME CD

    I, like one of the previous reviewers, stumbled on Celtic Woman while channel surfing. It landed on PBS and I was suddenly hypnotized by the beautiful, mesmorizing sounds of the group. I LOVE them! I feel like being taken to Ireland or someplace far away from Texas when I listen to this. My favorite song on this entire CD is Siuil a Run (Walk My Love). Absolutely stunning. I think it is worth the money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Overall, I found this to be a very pretty and enjoyable CD. It has many traditional Celtic songs as well as some newer creations, which don’t detract from the Celtic feel of this CD. The range of different songs is refreshing, and all of the artists have a lot of talent. I did think that sometimes it was a little bit “hokey”, like the producers were trying too hard, especially in the booklet, but it wasn’t as bad as it was with their CD “A New Journey.” The five artists are Chloe Agnew, Meav Ni Mhaolchatha, Lisa Kelly, Orla Fallon, and Mairead Nesbitt. Chloe – I’m sorry, but I think she’s overrated when whoever wrote the booklet touts her as a “magnificent” singer. She has a pleasant voice, a nice soprano, but not the kind of thing that makes you get goose bumps listening to it. Her parents are in show business, and that might be why she got to be part of this group. Chloe’s performances of “Walking in the Air” and “Someday” are okay, but I think that her “Ave Maria” and “Nella Fantasia” are prettier. She does sing high notes very prettily and I like listening to her sing, it’s just that she doesn’t have such an extraordinary voice. Meav – Meav has a beautiful soprano voice, but I was disappointed with “Danny Boy” and “She Moved Through the Fair.” I didn’t think they showed off Meav’s voice to the best of her ability. The bonus track, Si Do Mhaimeo I, is fantastic. This one exhibits Meav’s light, lovely voice in a lively melody. She’s brilliant on the high notes and has a great voice overall. Lisa – Lisa sings my favorite song on the CD, “You Raise Me Up.” This is the best of Lisa’s singing - nobody sings it like she does to give me chills all over, it is just that beautiful. Her other songs are not disappointing either “May It Be” is gorgeous. Lisa has a strong, sweet voice, and she is probably my favorite singer on this CD. Orla – I think Orla has a nice voice, but not the sort of thing I tend to listen to all the time. Her voice is “small” and mellow, pretty but something that seems like it would be better as a background. I do like her “Siuil A Run”, which she sings very, very well, and “Harry’s Game” suits her voice and is another of my favorite songs on the CD. Mairead – Mairead plays awesome fiddle music. Her songs on this CD are only a taste of what she can do, and if you like them I highly recommend her solo album, Raining Up. Personally, I love fiddle music and Mairead has become my favorite instrumental artist. The ladies sing together for some of the songs, “One World” and “The Soft Goodbye” are two of them, and that’s really beautiful to listen to. I recommend this CD to anyone who likes mellow vocal music, Celtic music, or beautiful female voices.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love Celtic Woman.

    I have the DVD and I love to watch it. Celtic Woman is amazing. Each of these women have beautiful voices and are gorgeous. I absolutely love Celtic music so this is awesome. I definatley recommend this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Invite Celtic Woman into your Life!

    I first saw Celtic Woman on their PBS special by accident while channel surfing for something to watch! I am so glad I did! I got this C.D. for Christmas and I listen to it time and time again. The women of Celtic Woman have a strong vocal presence and soothing voices that will put you at ease. They cover the songs "Sail Away" previously performed by Enya and "You Raise Me Up" made by Josh Groban, Irish Classic "Danny Boy", "Someday" ,"Nella Fantasia" "Walking in the Air" and so many more! Play this when you want to relax, be taken away to another place, or for any occasion!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They deserve 10 stars

    This is some of the greatest music i have ever heard. I have been to 3 of their concerts and it moves me everytime. their newer songs are even more spectacular.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must have

    I actually bought the DVD and listen/watch it daily. Their version of Orinco Flow is even better than Enya. The last two songs are my favorite. The percussion is heart-pounding, and still sends chills up my spine. I can only imagine how it sounds live and in-concert. My daughters 8 and 9 are also fans and are looking forward to their next tour to Chicago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lovely to Hear

    This CD is so beautiful! After a long day at work or a tiring day, just lay down and close your eyes and let the music play its lovely melodies. Celtic Woman is truly magical. This CD is a MUST HAVE for everyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WORST CD EVER

    I had to listen to it in class form january to the end of march. It is boring and too stupid

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Extraordinarily beautiful music.

    This CD is just a listening joy. Truly outstanding performances by all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Now One of My Favorites!

    I have had this CD since last summer & it is one of my very favorites. I love listening to this beautiful music! It is my most listened to CD. Very relaxing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A MUST HAVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is one of the best Cd's I've ever bought. The only thing better then this Cd is seeing Celtic Woman perform live. I can't wait for a New Cd to come out.

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