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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant collaboration!, 8 Mar 2009
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Martin Fielding (Findon, West Sussex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Brendan Voyage (Audio CD)
I first heard Shaun Davey's music when I saw the RSC's Fair Maid of the West in the 80's and have aquired all his albums since - The Brendan Voyage is a beautiful symphony for Irish pipes played by one of the greatest pipers ever Planxty's Liam O'Flynn - brilliant and unforgettable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Curragh Brendan, 28 April 2010
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Oh joy!
This is a supreme work of fusion of a brilliantly played traditional instument (Liam O'Flynn - Ullean pipes) alongside a competent orchestra.
It is the obligatory musical accompaniment whilst reading Tim Severin's publication of the same title. The music precisely follows Tim's articulate narrative.
It is a moody, occasionally-frightening, spiritual, uplifting and, eventually, utterly trimphant suite that you never want to end.
Why has no one other than Celts heard of the composer, Shaun Davey?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Brilliance, 16 Aug 2014
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This is a taste of "Light Classical" Music that is utterly breathtaking.
A well-constructed piece with beautiful melodies and very "feeling" interludes for the Story it tells.
It weaves the Light Classical feel with Irish Traditional in an extraordinary way - and is a Winner in both categories.
Written with the power of the Uilleann Pipes in mind, what better exponent to employ than Liam Og O'Flynn.
The most pristine Piper of the modern era (in my opinion) and although there are other Pipers with almost similar abilities in other styles, the recording would be somewhat lacking without Liam at the helm (to speak nautically)

It's the kind of music that will awaken images in your imaginings, and make you feel the pain and delight that the journey created. It is, in my opinion, a Masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magic music, 30 Jan 2010
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Derek Byrne (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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The synthesis between the orchestra and the uilleann pipes is beautiful. Pipe music by itself in magical but the orchestra does act as a melodious counterpoint to the pipe music.

This is a real secret gem. Get it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 6 July 2014
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great cd, the music carries you along as though you're actually on the craft.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST for Shaun Davey lovers, 9 Aug 2013
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you can empty your mind and think only of the voyage. the music tells the story with highs lows and calm. A wonderful composition and I never tire of listening to it even thought I only have it on LP.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 25 Nov 2014
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excellent
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