Pace Tamnaceol, I enjoyed this a lot. Of course it is not a foot-tapping CD - it's a more refined sort of thing, and for some that may be a disadvantage. But it's an interesting selection, the tunes are played with the greatest skill and musicality and many - particularly the slower airs - are most affecting (I'm actually listening to William Marshall's 'Chapel Keithack' as I type this ; it's beautiful). The sound is always lovely. I have to say that to give one star for all of that seems a bit mean to me. I don't see why these tunes should not be played as 'art' music, as they are here - they are good enough. Marshall, Niel Gow and his son were all happy that their tunes be played as drawing-room music for a listening audience - they did this themselves. It's a different approach from that used for dancing, but this kind of playing was common and popular in Enlightenment Edinburgh at the time of the Gows and, indeed, Burns, and would have been accepted by them. In addition, though Savall's approach may not be 'foot-tapping', it is every bit as rhythmically tight as it needs to be. With many of the tunes, he adds variations, always imaginatively, which again is very much in the 18th-century performing tradition (see David Johnson's fine book, 'Scottish Fiddle Music in the 18th. Century'). I am not so aware of the Irish tradition, but the Irish tunes are just as good and equally enjoyable - much the same approach is used. So I'm enthusiastic, and grateful, too, to Jordi Savall, not just for trying but for producing something unusual and very pleasurable. By the way, the CD has moved on to Macpherson's Lament now, and it's spell-binding.