on 19 January 2007
The first of Taliesin Orchestra's Enya tribute albums and in my view the best, mainly because all the tracks (except Bard Dance) are orchestral and no vocals are attempted. On albums where vocals are attempted, they inevitably fail to match Enya's standard.
Enya's music responds magnificently to the full strings treatment and one realises what superb melodies so many of her numbers are. With Charles Sayre's inspired arranging, the music is taken to new heights.
Into the 'outstanding' category I would put Orinoco Flow (a Sail Away symphony), Athair ar Neamh , Memory of Trees, Book of Days and Watermark.
Then there are those which are pleasant enough and easy listening - No Holly For Miss Quinn, Lothlorien, From Where I Am, and China Roses.
And finally the `turkeys', Celts and Bard Dance, which are frankly dreadful. Don't let them stop you getting this album though. It is inspired, and it will refresh your enjoyment and appreciation of Enya.