15 January 2013

Jordi Savall: The Celtic Viol

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2009 | Alia Vox | 397 Mb

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The indefatigable and versatile Jordi Savall has long included folk music in his various historical recording projects. Here he turns to Celtic traditions, specifically instrumental dance music for the fiddle.

In his eloquent preface to the substantial notes which come with the disc, he explains how he encountered this music live during 1977 at a festival in Kilkenny, Ireland. As in many Irish town festivals during Summer he encountered musicians playing fiddles, flutes and penny whistles in the pubs, streets and squares. This led to research on the existing written sources of music which is normally acquired by ear from generation to generation. In the mainly C17th books by Irish and Scottish compilers, he found, notated as single melodic lines, an immensely rich resource of jigs, strathspeys, hornpipes, laments, reels and other forms. Accompaniments were improvised on the spot, as they are today, and thus not usually notated.


1. The Musical Priest / Scotch Mary Traditional Irish 3’42
2. Caledonia’s Wail for Niel Gow Simon Fraser (1816 Collection) 3’52
3. The Humours of Scariff Traditional Irish 2’07

4. Alastair MacAlastair Strathspey by Nathaniel Gow 2’12
5. Tom Brigg’s, Jig Ryan’s Mammoth Collection 1’07
6. The Globby O, Jig Ryan’s Mammoth Collection 1’58
7. Lord Moira’s & Jinrikisha Ryan’s Mammoth Collection 1’34
8. Sackow’s (Jig) Traditional Irish 1’44

9. Hard is my Fate Traditional Scottish 3’01
10. Chapel Keithack William Marshall (1822 Collection) 3’14
11. Gudewife, Admit the Wanderer Simon Fraser (1816 Collection) 2’47

12. Macpherson’s Lament James Macpherson (ca.1675-1700) 2’55
13. Tullochgorum Traditional Scottish Reel 1’31
14. Pretty Peggy Traditional Scottish 1’14

15. Twas within a furlong of Edinburgh Town H. Playford’s Dancing Master 1696 2’32
16. Màiri Bhàn Òg: Mary Young & fair Simon Fraser (1816 Collection) 4’28
17. Dowd’s Reel Traditional Irish 2’46

18. Lady Mary Hay’s Scots Measure Scottish Dance 2’23
19. Carolan’s Farewell O’Carolan (1670-1738) 4’07
20. Gusty’s Frolics Donegal Tradition 1’51
21. Emigrants Reel Ryan’s Mammoth Collection 1’49

22. The Lamentations of Owen Roe O’Neill O’Carolan 2’42
23. Princess Beatrice W.B. Laybourn (1835-1886) Book III 1’40
24. Prince Charlie’s Last view of Edinburgh Traditional Scottish 3’25
25. Trip it Upstairs (Single Jig) Traditional Irish 2’21

26. Mrs. McPherson of Gibton William Marshall (1822 Collection) 1’50
27. Tuttle’s Traditional Irish 2’59
28. Lament for the Death of his Second Wife Niel Gow 5’33
29. The Gander in the pratie hole Traditional Irish 1’46

Jordi Savall - Treble Viols
Andrew Lawrence-King - Irish Harp & Psalterium

I'm resurrecting here some of the works that "disappeared" from Avax or were "abandoned" from the original uploaders. There's not a real project behind it, I'm just cleaning up my HDs and following the tide. What I downloaded long ago is flowing back. All credits go to the first uploader. Enjoy...


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Audentity said...

Interesting music, thanks.