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The Celtic Viol / Jordi Savall


Release Date: 06/09/2009 
Label:  Alia Vox   Catalog #: 9865   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  TraditionalSimon FraserNathaniel GowWilliam Marshall,   ... 
Performer:  Jordi SavallAndrew Lawrence-King
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

Also available: The Celtic Viol II

Lucky for us, in his latest project Jordi Savall shares his love for traditional Irish and Scottish music, music originally played on fiddle and/or harp and passed from generation to generation by oral (and aural) means. He uses three different treble viols (the earliest one, ca. 1500, identified as a
Read more "treble fiddle") in various scordatura tunings to "sing" the melodies, occasionally joined by the improvised harp and psalterium accompaniments of Andrew Lawrence-King. These unusual tunings and the instruments' five- or six-string configurations obtain a uniquely vibrant sound (not to mention a range) that's more timbrally complex and to me more ear-friendly than produced by the traditional fiddles we usually hear in this music.

Of course, this also owes much to the playing of Savall, whose sensitivity to these 29 Celtic tunes is acute and obviously deeply felt. He finds all the sadness and tenderness one could hope for in the beautiful Scottish song "Hard is my Fate" and really digs into the double-stops of the Irish "Gusty's Frolics" while perfectly capturing the light dancing feel of tunes such as "Emigrants Reel" and "Trip it Upstairs". Lawrence-King is a masterful musical partner, offering delightful, colorful, and ever-so-complementary accompaniments.

The sound is near-ideal--I was sometimes distracted by Savall's intermittent low-frequency "vocalizations"--and the program notes are well worth reading, particularly for the interesting information regarding the origin or background of each tune. Typical of Savall's productions, the liner booklet includes beautiful reproductions of appropriate art works and photos of the instruments. Highly recommended!

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
The Musical Priest / Scotch Mary by Traditional
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Treble Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp/Psalterium)
2.
Caledonia's Wail by Simon Fraser
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Treble Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp/Psalterium)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1816; Scotland 
3.
The Humours of Scariff by Traditional
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Treble Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp/Psalterium)
4.
Alastair MacAlastair Strathspey by Nathaniel Gow
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Treble Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp/Psalterium)
Period: Romantic 
5.
Tom Brigg's by Traditional
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Treble Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp/Psalterium)
6.
The Globby O by Traditional
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Treble Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp/Psalterium)
7.
Lord Moira's & Jinrikisha by Traditional
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Treble Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp/Psalterium)
8.
Sackow's Jig by Traditional
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Treble Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp/Psalterium)
9.
Hard is my Fate by Traditional
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Treble Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp/Psalterium)
10.
Chapel Keithack by William Marshall
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Treble Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp/Psalterium)
Period: Romantic 
11.
Gudewife, Admit the Wanderer by Simon Fraser
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Treble Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp/Psalterium)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Scotland 
12.
Macpherson's Lament by James Macpherson
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Treble Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp/Psalterium)
Period: Baroque 
13.
Tullochgorum by Traditional
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Treble Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp/Psalterium)
14.
Pretty Peggy by Traditional
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Treble Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp/Psalterium)
15.
The English Dancing Master: 'Twas within a Furlong of Edinborough Town by John Playford
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Treble Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp/Psalterium)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; England 
16.
Mary Young and Fair by Simon Fraser
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Treble Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp/Psalterium)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Scotland 
17.
Dowd's Reel by Traditional
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Treble Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp/Psalterium)
18.
Lady Mary Hay's Scots Measure by Traditional
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Treble Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp/Psalterium)
19.
Carolan's Farewell by Turlough O'Carolan
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Treble Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp/Psalterium)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Ireland 
20.
Gusty's Frolics by Traditional
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Treble Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp/Psalterium)
21.
Emigrants Reel by Traditional
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Treble Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp/Psalterium)
22.
Lament for Owen Roe O'Neill by Turlough O'Carolan
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Treble Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp/Psalterium)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Ireland 
23.
Princess Beatrice by W.B. Laybourn
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Treble Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp/Psalterium)
Period: Romantic 
24.
Prince Charlie's Last view of Edinburgh by Traditional
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Treble Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp/Psalterium)
25.
Trip it Upstairs by Traditional
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Treble Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp/Psalterium)
26.
Mrs. McPherson of Gibton by William Marshall
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Treble Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp/Psalterium)
Period: Romantic 
27.
Tuttle's by Traditional
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Treble Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp/Psalterium)
28.
Niel Gow's Lament for the Death of his Second Wife by Niel Gow
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Treble Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp/Psalterium)
Period: Romantic 
29.
The Gander in the pratie hole by Traditional
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Treble Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp/Psalterium)

Featured Sound Samples

Hard Is My Fate (Traditional)
Trip It Upstairs (Traditional)

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