Celtic Circle

The Celtic Circle

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The term "Celtic" covers a broad sweep of music, from the traditional to new age, and this compilation seems intended to offer selections from all areas -- though with a slight emphasis on the new age end rather than music with a deep history. To that end, there are plenty of sweeping synthesizer chords, aching vocals, and rich, ethereal harmonies, and material from…  See more details below

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The term "Celtic" covers a broad sweep of music, from the traditional to new age, and this compilation seems intended to offer selections from all areas -- though with a slight emphasis on the new age end rather than music with a deep history. To that end, there are plenty of sweeping synthesizer chords, aching vocals, and rich, ethereal harmonies, and material from Clannad -- which, after all, helped pioneer that end of the genre. But, to be fair, there's also Alan Stivell, the Chieftains with Sinéad O'Connor, and Anuna to hold up the other end, which they do very well. But nothing can really explain the inclusion of Vangelis or Sarah McLachlan, or "The Fellowship of the Ring Suite" and "Hedwig's Theme" -- at least "Braveheart Trilogy" makes sense under the circumstances. And one can only assume the producers couldn't license Enya's original of "May It Be," settling for a cover version instead. However, it's impossible to condemn this set since, just as you are about to despair, something more rooted to tradition arrives to redeem it. So it could be worse -- but it could be better, too. A mixed bag, trying to be all things Celtic to all people. Unfortunately, that can never work completely -- and here it definitely doesn't.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0828765488822
catalogNumber:
54888
Rank:
21423

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. The Mystic's Dream
  2. Runaway
  3. Factory Girl
  4. I Will Find You (Theme from The Last of the Mohicans)
  5. Éirigh Suas a Stóirín (Rise Up My Love)
  6. The Fellowship of the Ring Suite
  7. The Shores of the Swilly
  8. Angel
  9. The Rose of Tralee
  10. Cùchilainn's Last Battle
  11. Our Farewell
  12. Evangeline
  13. She Moved Through the Fair
  14. Keening of the Three Marys
  15. The Dragon's Breath
  16. 12 O'Clock

Disc 2

  1. May It Be
  2. Skellig
  3. Theme from Harry's Game
  4. Braveheart Trilogy
  5. Ailein Duinn
  6. Who Wants to Live Forever
  7. Elysium
  8. Circle of Joy
  9. Caoineadh Na Mara/Amen (Lament of the Sea)
  10. Turn of the Century
  11. Sleeping Sun
  12. Ar Galon Digorr
  13. In a Lifetime
  14. Brian Boru
  15. Hedwig's Theme

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nic Raine   Conductor

Technical Credits

Alan Stivell   Composer
David Arkenstone   Composer
Jon Anderson   Composer
Enya   Composer
Steve Howe   Composer
Del Shannon   Composer
Brian May   Composer
Sarah McLachlan   Composer
Alan White   Composer
Phil Coulter   Composer
Jeff Johnson   Composer
Roma Ryan   Composer
Ciaran Brennan   Composer
Paul Brennan   Composer
Brian Dunning   Composer
Loreena McKennitt   Composer
Vangelis   Composer
Nic Raine   Arranger
Howard Shore   Composer
Lisa Lynne   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Tuomas Holopainen   Composer

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The Celtic Circle 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I disagree with the criticism that this collection fails because it's a "mixed bag" of old and new music. I find that's what makes it so exceptional. The contrast of the various selections make it anything but monotonous. Just as you might be tiring of a certain theme, you find something entirely different. There's only one selection on this 31-track CD I don't particularly care for, which is remarkable in itself. It's wonderful mood music under any circumstances, but if you have a good sound system, this collection will absolutely blow you away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You get a mix of both insturmental and vocal songs as you buy this excellent CD! If I knew that Celtic music was so great, I would've bought it years ago! The only bad thing is the the 2 CD thing. The best songs are the vocal ones.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great CD. The music is very calming and mysterious. It can bring your back to a world that is almost lost in our modern world.
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