Nights from the Alhambra [2 CD/1 DVD]

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Nights from the Alhambra chronicles ethereal Canadian Celtic/folk/worldbeat artist Loreena McKennitt's 2006 tour in support of her Ancient Muse album. Recorded in September in the Palace of Charles V at the Alhambra, a southern Spanish fortress on the eastern border of the city of Granada built by the Moors, McKennitt employed a 12-piece band that included hurdy-gurdy, oud, uilleann pipes, kanoun, strings, and multiple percussion players. Though there is an emphasis on works from her most recent release, the singer/composer/harpist covers a wide breadth of material from 1985's Elemental ("She Moved Through the Fair") to 1991's acclaimed Visit ("All Souls ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Nights from the Alhambra chronicles ethereal Canadian Celtic/folk/worldbeat artist Loreena McKennitt's 2006 tour in support of her Ancient Muse album. Recorded in September in the Palace of Charles V at the Alhambra, a southern Spanish fortress on the eastern border of the city of Granada built by the Moors, McKennitt employed a 12-piece band that included hurdy-gurdy, oud, uilleann pipes, kanoun, strings, and multiple percussion players. Though there is an emphasis on works from her most recent release, the singer/composer/harpist covers a wide breadth of material from 1985's Elemental ("She Moved Through the Fair") to 1991's acclaimed Visit ("All Souls Night," "Lady of Shalott") and beyond. As with all of her studio recordings, the sound quality is exquisite, making this -- her third live collection -- the best yet. [A two-CD/one-DVD version featuring 37 tracks was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/21/2011
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602527498324
  • Catalog Number: 001478600
  • Sales rank: 27,533

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Mystic's Dream (6:35)
  2. 2 She Moved Through the Fair (5:10)
  3. 3 Stolen Child (4:17)
  4. 4 The Mummers' Dance (4:26)
  5. 5 Penelope's Song (4:25)
  6. 6 Marco Polo (4:52)
  7. 7 The Bonny Swans (4:45)
  8. 8 Dante's Prayer (5:06)
  9. 9 Caravanserai (7:00)
  10. 10 [CD-ROM Track]
Disc 2
  1. 1 Bonny Portmore (4:08)
  2. 2 Santiago (5:37)
  3. 3 Raglan Road (5:40)
  4. 4 All Souls Night (5:29)
  5. 5 The Lady of Shalott (5:02)
  6. 6 The Old Ways (5:13)
  7. 7 Never-Ending Road (6:28)
  8. 8 Huron 'Beltane' Fire Dance (5:26)
  9. 9 Cymbeline (5:00)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Mystic's Dream
  2. 2 She Moved Through the Fair
  3. 3 Stolen Child
  4. 4 The Mummers' Dance
  5. 5 Penelope's Song
  6. 6 Marco Polo
  7. 7 The Bonny Swans
  8. 8 Dante's Prayer
  9. 9 Caravanserai
  10. 10 Bonny Portmore
  11. 11 Santiago
  12. 12 Raglan Road
  13. 13 All Souls Night
  14. 14 The Lady of Shalott
  15. 15 The Old Ways
  16. 16 Never-Ending Road
  17. 17 Huron 'Beltane' Fire Dance
  18. 18 Cymbeline
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Loreena McKennitt Primary Artist, Piano, Accordion, Harp, Vocals
Brian Hughes Acoustic Guitar, Bouzouki, Electric Guitar, Oud, Bandleader
Hugh Marsh Violin
Donald Quan Keyboards, Tabla, Viola
Tal Bergman Percussion, Drums
Nigel Eaton Hurdy-Gurdy
Steafan Hannigan Percussion, Bodhran, uillean pipes
Caroline LaVelle Cello
Tim Landers Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Rick Lazar Percussion
Socratis Sinopoulos Lyra
Haig Yazdijan Oud
Technical Credits
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Loreena McKennitt Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Thomas Ryan Authoring
Tim Summerhayes Engineer
Jeff Wolpert Engineer
Padraic Colum Arranger
Brian K. Lee Authoring
Hollis King Art Direction
William Shakespeare Composer
Alfred Lord Tennyson Composer
Traditional Composer
David Rosen Producer
William Butler Yeats Composer
Patrick Kavanagh Composer
Roger Searle Tour Manager
Su Hutchinson Producer
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