Riverdance: Music from the Show

Riverdance: Music from the Show

by Bill Whelan

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Riverdance: Music from the Show

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 transitions 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 of Riverdance: Music from the Show, Flatley, 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."

Product Details

Release Date: 03/08/2005
Label: Decca Broadway
UPC: 0602498801048
catalogNumber: 000417302

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Whelan   Primary Artist,Palmas
David Hayes   Keyboards
Eileen Ivers   Fiddle,Soloist,Electric Fiddle
Máire Breatnach   Fiddle
Ronan Browne   uillean pipes
Jean Butler   Taps
Noel Eccles   Percussion
Tom Hayes   Dumbek,Spoons,Bodhran
Declan Masterson   Low Whistle
Máirtín O'Connor   Accordion
Eoghan O'Neill   Bass Guitar
Nikola Parov   Bouzouki,kaval,Gadulka
Rafael Riqueni   spanish guitar,Palmas
Davy Spillane   Human Whistle,uillean pipes
Anúna   Choir, Chorus
Cormac Breatnach   Whistle (Instrument)
Sara Clancy   Choir, Chorus,Soloist
Katie McMahon   Soloist
David Downes   Low Whistle
Michael Flatley   Taps
Moore   Acoustic Guitar
Michael McGlynn   Conductor,Choir Director,Choir Conductor
Prionsias O'Duinn   Conductor
Desi Reynolds   Drums,Tom-Tom
Kenneth Edge   Soprano Saxophone
Riverdance Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Riverdance Irish Dance Troupe   Taps
Michael Samuels   Vocals
Juan Reina Gonzalez   Cantor,Palmas
Lynn Hilary   Vocals
Robbie Harris   Bodhran
Brian Dunphy   Vocals
Tommy Hayes   Dumbek,Percussion,Spoons,Bodhran,Clay Drums
Riverdance Singers   Vocal Ensemble
Proinnsias Ó Duinn   Conductor
Desi Reynolds   Tom-Tom
Danny Spillane   uillean pipes
Roman Browne   uillean pipes

Technical Credits

Andrew Boland   Engineer
Nick Ingman   Orchestration
Bill Whelan   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Orchestration,Audio Production
Paul Rattigan   Art Direction
John McColgan   Direction
Danny Spillane   Whistle

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