Riverdance: Music from the Show

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All Music Guide - Steven McDonald
Even though the visual elements are missing, this soundtrack to Riverdance sounds quite spectacular, making a no-holds-barred attempt to captivate the listener with grandiose variations on Celtic musical forms. Adding to the grandeur and magic of the music are performances by artists such as Davy Spillane, Maire Breatnach, Anúna, Nicola Parov, and others who are forces to reckon with individually. The music transits between soaring vocal pieces and floor-shaking orchestral numbers that possess astonishing energy. Lead ceilidh dancer Michael Flatley left the production under something of a cloud, turning up later with the derivative and far more mediocre Lord of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steven McDonald
Even though the visual elements are missing, this soundtrack to Riverdance sounds quite spectacular, making a no-holds-barred attempt to captivate the listener with grandiose variations on Celtic musical forms. Adding to the grandeur and magic of the music are performances by artists such as Davy Spillane, Maire Breatnach, Anúna, Nicola Parov, and others who are forces to reckon with individually. The music transits between soaring vocal pieces and floor-shaking orchestral numbers that possess astonishing energy. Lead ceilidh dancer Michael Flatley left the production under something of a cloud, turning up later with the derivative and far more mediocre Lord of the Dance. On this recording he, female lead Jean Butler, and the other ceilidh dancers can be heard providing taps on three tracks, including the thunderous "The Countess Cathleen/Women of the Sidhe."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/17/1997
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • UPC: 601215307627
  • Catalog Number: 53076
  • Sales rank: 8,601

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Whelan Primary Artist, Palmas
Eileen Ivers Fiddle
Máire Breatnach Fiddle
Ronan Browne uillean pipes
Jean Butler Tap Dance
Robbie Casserly Bass, Drums
Noel Eccles Percussion
Tom Hayes Spoons, Bodhran
Máirtín O'Connor Accordion
Eoghan O'Neill Bass Guitar
Nikola Parov kaval, Gadulka
Rafael Riqueni Guitar, Palmas
Davy Spillane Human Whistle, uillean pipes
Cormac Breatnach Whistle (Instrument)
Michael Flatley Tap Dance
Aine Ui Cheallaigh Vocals
Des Moore Acoustic Guitar
Anthony Drennan Guitar
Michael McGlynn Conductor
Prionsias O'Duinn Conductor
Desi Reynolds Drums, Tom-Tom
Kenneth Edge Soprano Saxophone
Bill Whalen Track Performer
Riverdance Irish Dance Troupe Tap Dance
Juan Reina Gonzalez Cantor, Palmas
Technical Credits
Andrew Boland Engineer, Remixing
Nick Ingman Orchestration
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Bill Whelan Arranger, Composer, Producer, Orchestration, Remixing
Anúna Contributor
Sara Clancy Contributor
Katie McMahon Contributor
Riverdance Orchestra Contributor
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