Symphonic Celtic Album

The Symphonic Celtic Album

by City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
     
 
The mental disconnect between the "Celtic" content of this release and its performance by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (no conductor is listed) fades when you notice that it's not Celtic music in general that's on offer, but rather, with just one exception, cinematic scores that present images of the

Overview

The mental disconnect between the "Celtic" content of this release and its performance by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (no conductor is listed) fades when you notice that it's not Celtic music in general that's on offer, but rather, with just one exception, cinematic scores that present images of the Celtic world. These are so frequent by now as to be considered common property, even for Czechs, and the category is a very blurry one. The inclusion of "My Heart Will Go On," from the soundtrack of Titanic, is Celtic only by virtue of the uilleann pipes that accompany the departure of the star-crossed lovers from...England, and some of the other selections (the end title of The Shawshank Redemption soundtrack, for example) have equally tenuous connections with the theme. The album is clearly intended for fans of the Celtic sound, but it might also be of interest to anyone curious about the meaning of the Celtic meme in world culture at large. One might ask, for example, why the Lord of the Rings films were given Celtic musical content, sampled on a couple of tracks here. Most of the composers are American, although there are a few actual Celts involved (Enya, Sean O'Riada), and the temporal mix, though centered on the 1980s and 1990s, runs as far back as John Ford's The Quiet Man. The sole exception to the cinematic content is a segment of music from Riverdance, which originated as an interlude on the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994. This brings the proceedings to a zippy close, and indeed the main complaint here is that the sequence of flutes and pipes drifting through dreamy music is rarely interrupted by faster pieces. Of course, for those interested in setting a Celtic mood, this will not be a complaint at all. An enjoyable budget crossover release.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/03/2011
Label:
Silva America
UPC:
0738572604622
catalogNumber:
6046

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra   Primary Artist,Performing Ensemble
Nic Raine   Conductor
Kenneth Alwyn   Conductor
Paul Bateman   Conductor
James Fitzpatrick   Conductor
Mario Klemens   Conductor

Technical Credits

Enya   Composer
Michael Kamen   Composer
John Williams [composer]   Composer
James Horner   Composer
Carter Burwell   Composer
Rick Clark   Producer,Artwork
Trevor Jones   Composer
Lisa Gerrard   Composer
Will Jennings   Composer
Thomas Newman   Composer
Howard Shore   Composer
Bill Whelan   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Hans Zimmer   Composer
James Fitzpatrick   Producer
Reynold D'Silva   Executive Producer
Sean O'Riada   Composer

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