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Silver Apples of the Moon

Arthur Duff , Aloys Fleischmann , Thomas C. [Composer] Kelly , John Larchet , Joan Trimble , Fionnuala Hunt Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Fionnuala Hunt
  • Composer: Arthur Duff, Aloys Fleischmann, Thomas C. [Composer] Kelly, John Larchet, Joan Trimble
  • Audio CD (November 3, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Black Box Classics
  • ASIN: B000024YMG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,844 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Meath Pastoral
2. Mac Ananty's Reel
3. The Dirge of Ossian
4. O'Carolan Suite in Baroque Style: O'Carolan's Concerto
5. O'Carolan Suite in Baroque Style: Fanny Power
6. O'Carolan Suite in Baroque Style: Planxty McGuire
7. O'Carolan Suite in Baroque Style: O'Carolan's Farewell
8. O'Carolan Suite in Baroque Style: Planxty Johnston
9. Suite for Strings: Prelude
10. Suite for Strings: Air
11. Suite for Strings: Finale
12. Irish Suite for Strings: Midir's Song for Etain
13. Irish Suite for Strings: Windy Gap
14. Irish Suite for Strings: Fishamble Street - Dublin 1742
15. Irish Suite for Strings: Dance of Daemar
16. Irish Suite for Strings: On The Bridge at Clash
17. Elizabeth MacDermott Roe
18. Three Pieces for Strings: Pastoral
19. Three Pieces for Strings: Lament
20. Three Pieces for Strings: Reel

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!! February 8, 2009
This is a wonderful collection of works by 5 Irish classical composers. It's a beautiful mix of reflective, spiritual (in that brooding Irish sort of way), and uplifting (think Irish jigs) music that a favorite in my music library. I'm glad I got it when I did because it seems hard to find. A pity, because it deserves wide distribution. It's so very Irish in a wonderfully melodic way! I love it!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wish it was more easily available December 30, 2009
THis is an excellent musical collection to own. If only it was easily found at a decent price. Direct seems to be the only option, and even that seems to be a little complicated. So someone, make this cd more easily available and we'll buy it!!!
Great cd!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Light, but appealing April 13, 2011
Apart from Stanford, Harty and Marco Polo's series of contemporary composers, Irish classical music is not particularly well served on disc. A new disc of orchestral music by Aloys Fleischmann should remedy the situation somewhat (I have not got around to hearing it yet); the disc at hand does perhaps look like a sampler, but potential listeners should be warned: what we get is a very light program of strongly folk-inspired snippets - it's all pleasant and charming, jumping between the achingly sentimental and catchy dance numbers, but there is no trace of profundity or anything but picture postcard impressions. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing; it is worth pointing out, however.

Thomas Kelly (1917-1985) is probably best known as an arranger of folk music. The three pieces for strings are tuneful and attractive, and the Reel is actually quite fascinating; the O'Carolan Suite for violin and strings is pretty slight on the other hand, although it does make the time pass. Arthur Duff contributes a hugely appealing Suite - perhaps the most immediately attractive work on the disc - that certainly deserves an occasional listen. If John Larchet's two pieces are a little bit on the meandering side (despite their relative brevity), there is spirit and charm enough to keep one's attention. Fleischmann's Elizabeth McDermott Roe is a more substantial affair; it is wistfully evocative but contains some more troubled aspects and is a rather fine work. Joan Trimble's Suite is also a tad more personal in style than most of the others; essentially romantic but with a touch of astringency that suggests some awareness of more modern trends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If You Find a Good Copy at a Cheap Price, Get It February 26, 2014
This is a very engaging and appealing album of what amounts to modern Irish string music, and I don't think it's too off the mark to say that it sounds very much like its cousin, English string music. Indeed, the album's first track, Arthur Duff's Meath Pastoral, is reminiscent of the likes of Peter Warlock. After that, however, a decided Irish flavor comes to the fore in pieces that are as wonderfully crafted as Duff's, including that composer's Irish Suite. Also included is Thomas C. Kelly's O'Carolan Suite, which recycles tunes such as Fanny Power and O'Carolan's Concerto to nice effect. As another reviewer noted, it's a shame this release is apparently no longer in print. It should be.
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