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Carolan's Harp
     

Carolan's Harp

by Andrew Lawrence-King
 
Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738), a blind poet and harpist, was one of the most famous Irish bards, and his songs and tunes are among the best known in the Gaelic tradition. He was also aware of more formal musical traditions of France and Italy, so some of his pieces have a surprising sophistication. In this collection of music by O'Carolan, harpist Andrew

Overview

Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738), a blind poet and harpist, was one of the most famous Irish bards, and his songs and tunes are among the best known in the Gaelic tradition. He was also aware of more formal musical traditions of France and Italy, so some of his pieces have a surprising sophistication. In this collection of music by O'Carolan, harpist Andrew Lawrence-King is joined by the ensemble he formed, the Harp Consort, which is made up of singers and a variety of folk and early instruments, including shawm, flute, recorder, Renaissance bagpipes, gamba, theorbo, harpsichord, guitar, whistle, percussion, and psaltery. Lawrence-King is without peer as an Irish harpist, so his playing and conducting of this repertoire should be a strong interest to any fans of Gaelic music. In spite of the size of his ensemble, Lawrence-King uses mostly solos and small ensembles, so the prevailing mood is of gentleness and quiet melancholy, even though a few selections with larger groups are playfully rambunctious. The contributions of vocalist Caitríona O'Leary are especially attractive. The written sources of O'Carolan's music are so widely and wildly variable that the same tune may barely be recognizable from one collection to another, so no single version can be considered authoritative, but the musicality and soulfulness of these performances have strong appeal. The sound is clean and immediate.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/1997
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0054727737527
catalogNumber:
77375
Rank:
113877

Tracks

  1. Carolan's Harp: Try if it is in Tune
  2. Carolan's Harp: Mr.James Betagh
  3. Carolan's Harp: Jigg to the Above (Mr.James Betagh)
  4. Lament for Charles MacCabe
  5. Carolan's Receipt for Whiskey
  6. Carolan's Receipt for Whiskey: Bumper Squire Jones
  7. Carolan's Concerto (from Edward Bunting's Ancient Music of Ireland): Docr, Delany & Loftus Jones
  8. Mrs. Costeloe (Mrs Costello)
  9. Súsai Ní Cheallaigh
  10. Sr Arthur Shean
  11. Conor O"Reilly
  12. Carolan's Dream: Carolan's Rambles To Teague
  13. The Fairy Queen
  14. Miss Murphy
  15. Bridget Cruise A Bhrighid Bheusach
  16. Carolan's Dream
  17. I am asleep & don't waken me (Ta mé 'mo chodladh)
  18. Miss MacDermott (The Arethusa) (Attrib.)
  19. Mrs. Fetherston (Carolan's Devotion)
  20. Hugh O'Donnell
  21. O Flin (Planxty Flinn)
  22. Carolan's Cup
  23. Carolan's Farewell To Music
  24. Separation of Soul and Body
  25. Charles MacCabe's Lamentation for his dear and beloved friend, Terence Carolan

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