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Emerald: Musical Gems

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Not exactly a greatest-hits compilation and not quite a set of new material, Emerald: Musical Gems finds the internationally renowned Celtic pop quartet offering up re-imagined (as in re-recorded) renditions of traditional fan favorites like "She Moved Through the Fair," "Danny Boy," "Dúlaman," "Mo Ghile Mear," "Níl Sé'n Lá," and "The Parting Glass." The sounds of the Emerald Isle may dominate the majority of the collection, but that doesn't stop Celtic Woman from tossing in a pair of new interpretations of concert staples "Amazing Grace" and "You Raise Me Up." A bonus DVD includes an entire live concert filmed in 2013 on the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Not exactly a greatest-hits compilation and not quite a set of new material, Emerald: Musical Gems finds the internationally renowned Celtic pop quartet offering up re-imagined (as in re-recorded) renditions of traditional fan favorites like "She Moved Through the Fair," "Danny Boy," "Dúlaman," "Mo Ghile Mear," "Níl Sé'n Lá," and "The Parting Glass." The sounds of the Emerald Isle may dominate the majority of the collection, but that doesn't stop Celtic Woman from tossing in a pair of new interpretations of concert staples "Amazing Grace" and "You Raise Me Up." A bonus DVD includes an entire live concert filmed in 2013 on the campus of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Not exactly a greatest-hits compilation and not quite a complete set of new material, 2014's Emerald: Musical Gems finds the internationally renowned Celtic pop quartet, which in this incarnation includes the talents of Chloë Agnew, Susan McFadden, Máiréad Nesbitt, and Lisa Lambe, the latter of whom joined the group in 2012 for the Believe LP, offering up re-imagined (as in re-recorded) renditions of traditional fan favorites like "She Moved Through the Fair," "Danny Boy," "Dúlaman," "Mo Ghile Mear," "Níl Sé'n Lá," and "The Parting Glass." Like all Celtic Woman offerings, Emerald is ultimately a classy affair that strikes a nice balance between the past and the present, hitting familiar beats and cadences with the precision of a well-oiled political machine whose sole purpose is to please its base, and it's kind of nice to hear the group focus almost solely on material that evokes the misty, post-Riverdance patina that the album's moniker suggests. That said, the sounds of the Emerald Isle may dominate the majority of the collection, but that doesn't stop the group from tossing in a trio of new interpretations of concert staples with "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Amazing Grace," and the Secret Garden-penned, Josh Groban-popularized power ballad "You Raise Me Up," the latter of which arrives (mercifully) at the album's end. A bonus DVD includes an entire live concert filmed in 2013 on the campus of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2014
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 602537644124
  • Catalog Number: 7644124
  • Sales rank: 8,692

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mo Ghile Mear - Lisa Lambe (4:16)
  2. 2 Dúlaman - Lisa Lambe (4:20)
  3. 3 Caladonia - Susan McFadden (5:00)
  4. 4 Amazing Grace - Lisa Lambe (5:50)
  5. 5 The New Ground - Tommy Martin (2:03)
  6. 6 She Moved Through the Fair - Lisa Lambe (3:17)
  7. 7 Bridge Over Troubled Water - Lisa Lambe (2:59)
  8. 8 Níl Sé'n Lá - Lisa Lambe (3:35)
  9. 9 Danny Boy - Lisa Lambe (3:15)
  10. 10 The Voice - Susan McFadden (3:07)
  11. 11 The Parting Glass - Lisa Lambe (4:17)
  12. 12 You Raise Me Up - Lisa Lambe (4:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Celtic Woman Primary Artist
Eoghan O'Neill Bass Guitar
Ray Fean Drums, Vocals
David Downes Piano, Conductor, Keyboards
Mairead Nesbitt Group Member
Anthony Byrne Bagpipes
The Irish Film Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Ewan Cowley Bouzouki, Guitar, Electric Guitar
John Page Conductor
Chloë Agnew Group Member
Mairead Carlin Group Member
The Discovery Gospel Choir Choir, Chorus
Andrew Reilly Percussion
Tommy Martin Flute, uillean pipes
Susan McFadden Group Member
Lisa Lambe Group Member
Aontas Choir Choir, Chorus
Shane McVicker Piano
Technical Credits
Paul Simon Composer
Andrew Boland Engineer
David Downes Arranger, Composer, Producer, Orchestration, Choir Arrangement, Music Direction, Whistle
Ray Staff Mastering
Dave Kavanagh Executive Producer
Traditional Composer
C. Ni Dhubhghaill Arranger
Caroline Nesbitt Graphic Design
Synan O'Mahony Illustrations
Tommy Martin Whistle
Maggie Seidel Producer
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