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4.0 out of 5 stars Introducing Alan Stivell, 13 Feb 2006
This review is from: Master Serie (Audio CD)
Starting with the irresistible "Ian Morrisson Reel", this album is a series of instrumental and vocal ballads, representing the major achievements of musician Alan Stivell at the beginning of the seventies - from the breton arrangements in "Broceliande" and "Reflets" to the celtic rock of "Pop-Plinn", from "Renaissance de la harpe celtique" and the concert at the Olympia in Paris to the album "Chemins de terre". Elegance of touch and purity of sound emerge from the instrumental ballads. This is especially true of the delicate and beautiful "Suite des Montagnes", where infinitesimal harp variations enliven the composition with poetical or dramatical moments. From the same album - "Reflets" - comes the exquisite "Suite Irlandaise", with sound effects anticipating compositions like "Children of the River" from Secret Garden or "Comb Your Hair and Curl It" from Kim Robertson. The vocal ballads - "Tri Martolod", "Suite Sudarmoricaine" and "Marig Ar Pollanton" in breton, "Reflets" in french, "Wind of Keltia" in english - are the expression of an encounter between celtic, rock and country music. In "Tri Martolod", singing spreads out brightly. In "Reflets", a chanted singing seems to emerge literally from the harp, gaining from it in trend and rhythm. "Wind of Keltia" is a ballad with a traditional taste, performed with an intense singing. Curious, but beautiful the mocking style of "Suite Sudarmoricaine". The harp solo at the beginning of "Marig Ar Pollanton" melts with guitar and harmonica into a country music hint that turns into a wide-ranging singing, a true hymn to music, gaining more and more charm all along the listening.
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