Live in Paris and Toronto [Enhanced]

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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
Loreena McKennitt owes some part of her phenomenal success to her ability to craft songs at once intimate and sprawling, drawing upon many histories and cultures while always touching on raw human feeling. Conceived as a fund-raising project for the Cook-Rees Memorial Fund for Water Search and Safety, this two-CD set was recorded on her 1998 Book of Secrets tour and mixed at Peter Gabriel's Real World studios. McKennitt's first full-length live recording, it demonstrates that her talent is not just a product of studio mixes. A live concert may not have the refinement of a studio session, but McKennitt's fans won't be disappointed: The large ensemble of violin, cello, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
Loreena McKennitt owes some part of her phenomenal success to her ability to craft songs at once intimate and sprawling, drawing upon many histories and cultures while always touching on raw human feeling. Conceived as a fund-raising project for the Cook-Rees Memorial Fund for Water Search and Safety, this two-CD set was recorded on her 1998 Book of Secrets tour and mixed at Peter Gabriel's Real World studios. McKennitt's first full-length live recording, it demonstrates that her talent is not just a product of studio mixes. A live concert may not have the refinement of a studio session, but McKennitt's fans won't be disappointed: The large ensemble of violin, cello, bass, piano, guitars, drums, and percussion invigorates her fusion of folk, medieval, Celtic, and Middle-Eastern themes with a spicy cross-cultural ambience. And when she sings, her voice rises like a phoenix. Featuring the three-million-selling Book of Secrets in its entirety, Live in Paris and Toronto includes nine more McKennitt favorites, including "The Lady of Shalott" and "Between the Shadows," each testifying to the brilliance and grace of this unique international star.
All Music Guide - Aaron Badgley
Loreena McKennitt is in her element in front of an audience, telling interesting stories about the songs and assembling a top-notch backing band. This is her first live release available to the public, and uses material from three concerts (one from Paris and two from Toronto) to put together a complete show. As with The Book of Secrets tour, the first half is The Book of Secrets in its entirety, arranged in the same order as the studio CD. This material is covered on the first CD, and it has never sounded better. The live performance seems to breathe new life into the tracks and some songs, such as "Dante's Prayer" and "Skellig," sound better than the studio recordings. The second CD is more of an overview of her career, featuring songs from her back catalog. Again, the tracks seem to benefit when played in front of an audience; in particular, "The Lady of Shalott" and "All Souls Night" are brilliant. The musicianship on this live CD is excellent, and her band is very tight, as though they had been playing together for years. The sound of the CD is amazing; while maintaining the warmth of a live performance, McKennitt is still able to present a crisp, clean recording -- a remarkable feat. Also worth noting is the packaging, which includes notes by McKennitt, wonderful photos, and details of how the whole package was put together. This CD is ideal for fans and is actually a good place for newcomers to start. [This edition features enhanced content on CD-ROM.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/5/2006
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 774213991089
  • Catalog Number: 000795702
  • Sales rank: 65,765

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prologue (5:00)
  2. 2 The Mummers' Dance (4:01)
  3. 3 Skellig (5:24)
  4. 4 Marco Polo (4:52)
  5. 5 The Highway Man (9:29)
  6. 6 La Serenissima (5:54)
  7. 7 Night Ride Across the Caucasus (6:22)
  8. 8 Dante's Prayer (7:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Mystic's Dream (6:30)
  2. 2 Santiago (6:19)
  3. 3 Bonny Portmore (3:50)
  4. 4 Between the Shadows (Persian Shadows) (4:30)
  5. 5 The Lady of Shalott (9:19)
  6. 6 The Bonny Swans (7:05)
  7. 7 The Old Ways (5:36)
  8. 8 All Souls Night (4:46)
  9. 9 Cymbeline (6:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Loreena McKennitt Primary Artist, Piano, Accordion, Keyboards, Vocals
Brian Hughes Bouzouki, Guitar, Oud
Hugh Marsh Violin
Donald Quan Keyboards
Nigel Eaton Hurdy-Gurdy
Caroline LaVelle Cello
Rick Lazar Percussion
Rob Piltch Guitar, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Loreena McKennitt Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Adaptation
Jeff Wolpert Engineer
William Shakespeare Composer, Poetry
Alfred Lord Tennyson Composer
Alfred Noyes Composer
Claude Fortin translation
Traditional Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    An Ethereal Voice and Music

    Loreena McKennitt has a lovely voice and a fine backing band. I like this CD but found that the more muscular songs (Mummers Dance, The Bonny Swan, etc.) held my attention better than the others. Some of the other numbers seemed to fade into the background. This set is good enough to make me consider buying one or both of her other live efforts. Fans of Celtic music may enjoy this recording more than the general listener.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic McKennitt

    Lorenna plays many old favorites in new arraingements and new surroundings. As she produces a very limited amount of work any new work is well appreciated. Her research in to Celtic music and its true roots is unique and inspiriing. Her use of rare instrumentation results in a truly unusual sound not replicated in todays synthetic world. Her lyrics are more worthy of a poetry that lyric in that they touch the soul.
    Be aware though, if you expect the classic Clannad, Clancy Bros, CHieftains style Celtic style you will not find it here. You will find the influence of the Brethonic Celtics also from as far away as Turkey.

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