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Riverdance: Music From The Show Special Edition, Soundtrack


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Based on Irish folk dancing styles, Riverdance was originally devised as a 20-minute intermission entertainment for the Eurovision Song Contest. There, its phenomenal reception inspired composer Bill Whelan to expand the piece into a full-length stage show, still centered around Irish music, but now telling a loose story of many different peoples who in the 20th century have found themselves émigrés. The paradoxically formal yet expressive, sensual, and exhilarating energy of traditional Irish dance and Irish folk music is only the beginning. A work full of strong melodies, excitement, romantic dreams, and nostalgic longing, the full Riverdance show is a spellbinding spectacle. Complete with orchestra, Whelan brings influences from Irish classical music, incorporates the haunting sound of vocal group Anuna, and adds the diverse folk sounds of Nova Scotia, Macedonia, Russia, and Andalucia to his rich cultural melting pot. Playing on the album are some of the finest folk musicians around, including piper Davy Spillane and Eileen Ivers on fiddle. The result is not just a tuneful souvenir of a great stage show, but a most enjoyable release in its own right. Whelan also has worked on the Rob Roy soundtrack and composed The Seville Suite and The Spirit of Mayo. --Gary S. Dalkin

1. Reel Around The Sun
2. The Heart's Cry
3. The Countess Cathleen/Women Of The Sidhe
4. Caoineadh Cu Chulainn (Lament)
5. Shivna
6. Firedance
7. Slip Into Spring
8. Riverdance
9. American Wake (The Nova Scotia Set)
10. Lift The Wings
11. Macedonian Morning
12. Marta's Dance/The Russian Dervish
13. Andalucia
14. Home And The Heartland
15. The Harvest
16. Riverdance (Reprise)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 17, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Special Edition, Soundtrack
  • Label: Celtic Heartbeat
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • ASIN: B000005B2O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,298 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on April 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If you've ever seen The Show, then you know what I mean when I say WORDS CAN NOT DESCRIBE WHAT YOU HEAR. Riverdance -- Music from The Show is the best CD ever, it's even been released 3 Times by different records labels, and with each new release more tracks are added and the music just gets better and better. If you find the Atlantic Records version you will hear the "taps" from the dancers on Tracks 1, 3, and 16. If you get the Universal/Celticheartbeat version you will hear the taps only on tracks 1 and 3 but you will hear an EXCELLENT REMIX of the Title Track RIVERDANCE!
If you haven't seen The Show, go see it, then buy the CD, or BUY the CD, then go see THE SHOW.
The Original International Dance Phenonmenon The Magic, Energy, and Passion...
Riverdance -- The Show Experience the Original
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62 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Irish Lace VINE VOICE on April 7, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette Verified Purchase
I am disappointed and a bit upset. This is NOT a soundtrack. The music of Riverdance IS wonderful! I have a tape that is several years old and wanted a CD since I never get tired of this soundtrack. But I was very disappointed. The soundtrack of Riverdance includes the sounds of the dancers when they are "clogging." This is very much a part of this music. The first track includes the dancing, but none of the others. I was very disappointed that this CD is not as I expected it to be. The music is still good, but an important part of it is most definitely missing. :~(
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paris on July 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
First off, I'm 16 years old. I love music, just about every kind there is. I never cared for Riverdance before until last year when I listened to a song from "Lord of the Dance" completely by accident and then went from there. Now, I completely appreciate it, and I believe it's the best stuff I've ever listened to, and I don't regret it all. It's very refreshing, and it just calms you down, and I swear, some of the songs on here sends shivers down my spine even after listening to it for a good year now. While I don't like every song on the CD like I do with "Lord of the Dance" I still think the music is special and unique in its own way. The music from "Lord of the Dance" is more...alive, but "Riverdance" is good for relieving stress, meditating, or for filling you up with so much emotion it could make you cry. Honestly, it's all great.

If you're not convinced yet, then here's a breakdown by song!
REEL AROUND THE SONG: As one person has already said: PERFECT! This is probably the best on the CD. It's starts a little slow with the flute(but then, you learn to love it, the more you listen to it) and then as it progresses, it gets better and better, and then, even better. So it's perfect in every way. But then, considering the song is almost nine minutes long, it better be good.
THE HEART'S CRY: This is a vocal. Nice song, beautiful lyrics, a voice I could tolerate, and I'm just starting to appreciate vocals.
COUNTESS CATHLEEN/WOMEN OF THE SIDHE: Another personal favorite that's almost perfect. The first is very light and pretty, but I love the second half! Very lively and I actually dance to it.
CAOINEADH CU CHULAINN/LAMENT: This is one of the songs that fills you up with emotion and shivers down your spine.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "hatch74" on March 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The music is incredible! I must have listened to this CD at least a hundred times now and I'm still not tired of it. The soundtrack is even better than the show in my opinion. I especially enjoyed "Lift the Wings" - the melody is soothing and relaxing. A must-have for anyone into Irish dance/music.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 10, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Taps are for hearing. With the exception of two tracks, the stage mics were mixed out. The primary percussion instruments (the taps) were silenced. Hearing the music without the thunder of the dancers was disappointing. Of course Whelan's music was excellent. Just incomplete. The cadence of the taps complemented the other instruments. They provided more than some background shufflin' sounds. Perhaps I've watched the video too many times. Nevertheless, I'd buy the disk just to hear Davy Spillane play his pipes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is among the most beautiful music ever recorded of any type. My two favourite tracks are Caoineadh Cú Chúlaínn and Macedonian Morning, with Russian Dervish being a very close third. These tracks embody the heart and soul of good music and, more than anything else on this remarkably brilliant album, make this album worth the price of the recording. Any one of these songs, however, could be the centerpiece of a lesser musical. Or, to be brief, Get This Album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathy on May 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This CD is for anyone who likes good music, and appreciates good composing and arranging. I'm amazed, inspired, and instantly transported to Ireland when I listen to Riverdance. I'd recommend it to everyone I know, but I believe they already own it anyway!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pixels on October 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have every Riverdance DVD and have watched the live show once. This CD is based on the original production (With Michael Flatley and Jean Butler) and while it might not carry the "excitement" of the original show as others have commented, it is a great way to remember the beautiful music and orchestration when you are not close to a DVD player to enjoy the video production. The unfortunate thing in listening to the "soundtrack" of a live/video production is that separated from its visual context, it can be difficult to understand or appreciate. Riverdance is a visual as well as a sound experience. If you have never watched the show, it would certainly be hard to appreciate the music in this CD. I listen to it frequently and love the music more each time. If you are a Riverdance fan, this CD is a must. It's simply superb.
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