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CHAN 10821

Celtic Reflections

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2014

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio File
Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Barry Douglas


Eimear McGeown

Irish flute

Producer:

Ralph Couzens



Engineer:

Ralph Couzens



Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Piano


Woodwind

Total Time - 59:15
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1 

She Moved through the Fair

4:10
  Melody collected in County Donegal  
  by Herbert Hughes (1882-1937)  
 Eimear McGeown Irish flute
2 

The Coolin

7:17
  (An Chuilfhionn)  
  after Irish Minstrelsy or Bardic remains of Ireland with English poetical translations, 1831, ed. James Hardiman (1782-1855)  
3 

Down by the Salley Gardens

3:30
  Traditional Irish  
4 

The Cliffs of Dooneen

2:54
  Traditional Irish  
5 

Inis

7:11
  Melody by Eimear McGeown and Alicia Hart  
6 

Open the Door Softly

0:45
  (Oscail an Doras go Ciuin)  
  after A General Collection of the Ancient Irish Music, 1796, ed. Edward Bunting (1773-1843)  
7 

The Pleasant Rocks

2:36
  (Na Creaga Aille)  
  after A General Collection of the Ancient Irish Music, 1796, ed. Edward Bunting (1773-1843)  
8 

The Mushroom Tree -

2:07
  Melody by Eimear McGeown  
 Eimear McGeown Irish flute
9 

The Kid on the Mountain

1:19
  Melody collected in Chicago, Illinois  
  by Francis O'Neill (1848-1936)  
 Eimear McGeown Irish flute
10 

My Lagan Love

4:21
  Melody collected in County Donegal by Herbert Hughes  
11 

Carrickfergus

4:58
  Traditional Irish  
12 

Planxty Dillon

1:15
  (Plancstai Ui Dhioluin)  
  Melody by Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738)  
13 

The Lamentation of Eoin O'Neill

2:20
  (Caoineadh Eoin Ui Neill)  
  Melody by Turlough O'Carolan  
14 

An Irish Lullaby

3:15
  (Suantrai Gaelach)  
  after A General Collection of the Ancient Irish Music, 1796, ed. Edward Bunting (1773-1843)  
15 

The Last Rose of Summer

2:53
  Traditional Irish  
16 

Home Away from Home

4:10
  Composed by Phil Coulter (b. 1942)  
17 

The Raggle Taggle Gypsy

1:04
  Traditional Irish  
18 

Danny Boy

3:10
  Melody collected in Derry by Jane Ross (1810-1879)  
  TT 60:00      
   
  All piano arrangements by Barry Douglas  
   
 Barry Douglas


Barry Douglas is best-known for his celebrated performances of great works central to the classical repertoire, not least through his acclaimed Brahms and Schubert series on Chandos. In his new album Celtic Reflections we hear another side to his musical life. Playing his own arrangements, he explores the melodies of his native Ireland, from ancient folk tunes passed down through the ages to pieces by contemporary songwriters. He is joined by the talented young flautist Eimear McGeown who, as well as being an accomplished classical player, is a renowned and passionate exponent of the traditional Irish flute which she plays in this recording. 

Many of the arrangements are based on transcriptions of folksongs and folk tunes that offer a glimpse of Celtic cultures past. The melody for ‘My Lagan Love’ had been passed down aurally for generations before the musicologist Hector Hughes transcribed it in the early twentieth century, while the folksong collector Edward Bunting transcribed ‘Irish Lullaby’ at the last-ever gathering of old Irish harpers in 1792. Well-known folk tunes heard here, such as ‘Danny Boy’ and ‘Carrickfergus’, trace their roots far back in history and have come to represent Ireland in the popular imagination. Barry Douglas’s caring arrangements breathe new life into this music and transport us on a journey across the centuries.

Presenting a modern take on traditional Celtic music, Eimear McGeown performs a number of her own compositions. Inis and The Mushroom Tree are inspired by personal experiences and informed by a knowledge of and passion for the folk music of her homeland.

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