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The Celtic Viol - An Hommage to Irish and Scottish Musical Traditions - Jordi Savall [Hybrid SACD, SACD]

Jordi Savall, Andrew Lawrence-King Audio CD
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  • Composer: Various
  • Audio CD (27 April 2009)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Alia Vox
  • ASIN: B001RQQ0CI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,067 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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ALIA 9865; ALIA VOX -; Classica da camera

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unusual, beautiful and very worthwhile 20 July 2009
By Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but.... 20 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
Fortunately, we bought volume 2 of this before vol 1 (this one). It instantly became a favourite listen, with an unusual take on some familiar and not so familiar tunes. If you're into Monteverdi etc you'll recognise the sort of style and ornamentation which Jordi Savall brings to this material and it raises all sorts of interesting ideas (mostly probably totally spurious) about the possible origins of the tradition, with echoes of Byzantium and the mysterious East.

But this album, recorded a couple of years earlier in three distinct sessions, is more about the development of the approach which works so well on the second album. Initially disappointing through the first half or so (was this the same man?), we kept listening. Suddenly the style of the second album magically appears and from then on it's mostly all good. We both independently thought exactly the same about it so there must be something that objectively changes at that point, the style sort of 'clicks'.

If you haven't heard the second one and you like medieval/renaissance and folk music, this is a really interesting listen. If you're a fiddler it's particularly worthwhile because of the open tunings of the viol (I want one) which makes me, at least, reassess the virtues of different tunings for different material. He gets effects and sounds you'll not get any other way.

Not one for the hardcore hi-velocity folkies, perhaps. But give it a go (and perhaps try vol 2 first).
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5.0 out of 5 stars haunting 9 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD
In the middle of this recital, Jordi Savall plays a group of pieces on a 5-string treble fiddle from 1500, and the sound is riveting. One of the tunes in this group is the well-known "McPherson's Lament," and it's gripping to hear it sounded out in this way. Most of the music on the disc is played on a 6-string treble viol (there is also a group played on a 5-string viol), an 18th Century instrument sounding a bit more robust than the fiddle but equally eloquent. Some groups are accompanied by an Irish harpist, improvising according to traditional practice, and how eloquent that can be might be heard in the lovely "Mhairi Bhan Og." There are two lovely pieces by Carolan, and some selections from the Scottish fiddler-composer Neil Gow. Savall's respect for the music and its current practitioners is evident in his modest note. If there's an underlying feeling to the music it's melancholy -- even the jigs and reels have a sad undertone, which, for a displaced Scot like me, makes them all the more appealing. However, if you listen to a band like the Chieftains, or even to a cajun band like Beausoleil, it might strike you that a more upbeat rendering of some pieces might be possible. But in popular music like this, there is no "definitive" way -- this is Savall's way, and it's beautiful on its own terms. I would guess that if you relish the Chieftains in instrumental mode (for there is no singing on this recording), then you'll find this intriguing and beautiful.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A noble perspective 26 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
Nobody in my lifetime has contributed more to our knowledge of British viol music than Jordi Savall, to say nothing of his many other remarkable achievements. He approaches the Celtic tradition from the deepest knowledge of the long traditions of British and other European string music. These marvellous performances mark his loving respect for Scottish and Irish traditional music, here properly appreciated in its wide-ranging geographical and historical perspective. They help us appreciate how fortunate is the survival of so much Celtic folk music, and are always nimbly alert to the direct rapturous connections between such music and life at its most joyous and tragic. This was for me much the most moving new record of 2009.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good.
I expected a little bit more from this CD. Quite good, but could be more interesting and more Celtic the way I expected it to be.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. H. Provodenko
5.0 out of 5 stars Jordi Savall CD
This music is beautiful, a brilliant blend between classical and folk. Wonderful stuff that will be enjoyed by people at both ends of the spectrum.
Published on 4 Mar 2012 by Cantab
2.0 out of 5 stars not half as interesting as the title suggests
Let me express directly that I am a huge fan of Jordi Savall AND Celtic music. Somehow these two didn't blend well in this CD. Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2011 by Erdem Karaadam
5.0 out of 5 stars folk revisited
"the celtic viol", This was a new instrument to me ,my daughter played viola at school but maybe it is the same but played like the cello? Read more
Published on 12 April 2011 by K. Forde
4.0 out of 5 stars Reflective
This will not be every traditional irish music lover's cup of tea simply because it is perhaps too refined and lacking in energy and dynamsim. Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2010 by Aquinas
4.0 out of 5 stars think carefully.....
This is gorgeous music beautifully and stylishly played. A delight to listen to, but lacks variety in content, the tracks all sound very similar and I would be hard put to tell... Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2009 by Mrs. Alison Gifford
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful playing
This record does have some limitations. In his accompanying comments, Savall notes the survival and vitality of oral transmission in Irish and Scottish music. Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2009 by Miceal
4.0 out of 5 stars The Celtic Viol
The Celtic Viol - An Hommage to Irish and Scottish Musical Traditions - Jordi Savall

The CD was a gift for a friend and was greatly appreciated
Published on 27 July 2009 by Donald B. Scott
2.0 out of 5 stars A crust of bread and homemade butter, spare the saccharin
I love the music, these tunes, the traditions they rise from, and I also love the viol, alone and in consort, but for me this was a disappointment I found dull and plodding, all... Read more
Published on 28 May 2009 by Tamnaceol
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