Fire & Grace

Fire & Grace

by Alasdair Fraser
     
 

Alasdair Fraser is already well known and lauded as a Scots fiddle player, giving Natalie Haas (a member of Mark O'Connor's band) a lot to live up to. But she manages it with flying colors, and between them they take a virtual tour of Scotland and beyond. Some hundred years ago the mix of violin and cello was common in Scots music, but most probably not like this.… See more details below

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Alasdair Fraser is already well known and lauded as a Scots fiddle player, giving Natalie Haas (a member of Mark O'Connor's band) a lot to live up to. But she manages it with flying colors, and between them they take a virtual tour of Scotland and beyond. Some hundred years ago the mix of violin and cello was common in Scots music, but most probably not like this. Even on slower pieces like "Prince Charles' Last View of Scotland," the imagination and deftness to the playing demonstrate huge talents at work. On the faster pieces -- which are numerous -- Haas' cello becomes a bass counterpoint and underpinning to Fraser's wild but precise playing. The sharp tacks of mood as the album criss-crosses the bonnie land -- ranging from the Shetlands to the mainland and even across the North Sea for "The Scandinavian" -- is a joy, whether they're entertaining the lightness of "Josefin's Waltz" or the centerpiece of "Rob Roy Crosses the Minch," where both musicians are stretched to the absolute limits of their abilities, with exhilarating results for the listener. A future classic of a Scots album.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2004
Label:
Culburnie Records
UPC:
0755997012122
catalogNumber:
121
Rank:
49312

Tracks

  1. Calliope Meets Frank: Calliope House/MacArthur Road/Franks Reel  - Natalie Haas
  2. Stirling Castle Set: Stirling Castle/Forth Bridge/Jenny Dang the ...  - Natalie Haas
  3. Josefin's Waltz  - Natalie Haas
  4. St. Kilda Wedding/Brose and Butter  - Natalie Haas
  5. The Scandinavian: Släng Polska/Rumbling Quadrille  - Natalie Haas
  6. Archibald MacDonald of Keppoch  - Natalie Haas
  7. The Sailor's Wife/The Lads of Duns  - Natalie Haas
  8. Shetland Set: Christmas Day Ida Moarnin/Lady Spence's Reel/Sleep Soond  - Natalie Haas
  9. Prince Charles' Last View of Scotland  - Natalie Haas
  10. The Duchess: The Duchess of Bedford/Lady Hope of Pinkie/Lady Montgomery  - Natalie Haas
  11. Rob Roy Crosses the Minch: Rob Roy MacGregor/Bog an Lochain/Flora ...  - Natalie Haas
  12. Da Slockit Light  - Natalie Haas
  13. The High Reel Set: The Hut on Staffin Island/The Barrowburn Reel/The ...  - Natalie Haas

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