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Tir Na Nog - Symphonie Celtique
Tir Na Nog - Symphonie Celtique

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taking Celtic Music to a new level, 19 Oct. 2006
What can you say about this album ? I first heard it the year it came out, attracted by my liking of other works by Stivell, and, all these years later its still a regular play on my music system. Powerful,grand and orchestral, with soaring celtic melodies and rythmns, and great use of pipes, harp (of course) bombardes and other traditional celtic instruments, this is a modern masterpeice which clearly sets out Alan's credentials as much more than a folk musician, much more than a virtuoso harpist. Truly a symphony, but impossible to categorise. Reaching back to those early classical / rock fusion experiments of the Nice, Deep Purple, Barclay James Harvest, The Enid, but going beyond that, fusing Celtic, folk, rock and classical western music in a piece that while routed in the tradition of the past, very much looks to the future. Way ahead of its time. A truly unique piece of music.Listen to it, be amazed, and, who knows, maybe seek out more stuff by the massively underrated Breton legend that is Alan Stivell.


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Celtic World Masterpeice, 19 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Douar (Audio CD)
The Founding Father of both Celtic rock and World Music genres, Alan Stivell, with this album, delivered the definitive masterpeice of both music styles. Un Douar (One World in English translation) Is a heady blend of African, Indian, and, of course, celtic music featuring the stars of world music such as Youssou n'dour, The Afrocelts, Jim Kerr and many others. An indispensible album for those of you who like Celtic or World stuff. Rocking, Jazzy, Soulful, Psychedelic, powerful and emotive, it is all of these things. Vastly underrated (both album and artist), deserves to be discovered by a wider audience. Without this man, much of todays celtic and world music artists wouldnt exist.

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