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  • Performer: Carol Thompson
  • Audio CD (October 1, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sono Luminus
  • ASIN: B000001QBI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,244 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By F. Behrens HALL OF FAME on January 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Perhaps some day Dorian Recordings will turn out a poor CD, but among their more recent releases are four sets that feature harpist Carol Thompson. The artist was born in this country of Anglo-Welsh-Irish background (as the copywriter tells us). Part of her technique is to let her ornamentation come out of the melody rather than merely appending it, and to execute her chords with a "downward roll" rather than an upward as in classical harp playing.
So with Amazon.com's permission, I will submit this same write up to each of the four webpages that deal with these albums.
. <The Faerie Isles> (DOR-90013) has Ms. Thompson accompanied by another harpist and a wooden flute; and the extra coloration is welcome. Here we have 18 cuts (64 minutes) of Celtic harp music, the more familiar of which are "Brian Boru's March" and "Gentle Annie." The notes are of a general nature.
The subtitle of <The Enchanted Isles: Harp Music of Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales> (DOR-90120) shows the program (53 minutes) to be much like the other sets, including the familiar "All Through the Night" and "The Ash Grove." I spot even one or two selections among the 19 here that appeared on earlier recordings. But it is all so winningly played that one must not carp. The notes are in several languages and a bit shorter than usual to keep the booklet from being too thick.
<Carolan's Farewell: Harp Music of Ireland> (DOR-90176) has 71 minutes consisting of 21 cuts such as "She Moves Through the Fair" and "Snow on the Hills.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 1999
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I remember first hearing a cut from this on our Public Radio Station out of Tampa, Florida. I was driving home in a thunderous rainstorm, beaten by rush hour traffic and sweltering in the heat. I didn't know what the music was, but it had the most beautiful, lilting sound and I felt quieted down to my soul's fiber. I rushed in and called the Station the moment I reached home. It's a beautiful CD, beautiful music and a joy to listen to at any time.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pennywhistler on December 15, 2011
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Even though Amazon says that "The Peacock's Feather" is by Turlough O'Carolan, it is really a recording by Carol Thompson, who is playing some of his compositions.

And how she plays them!

There are so many things that can go wrong -

* playing with too many ornaments, as if the melodies couldn't stand on their own.
* playing the tunes so slowly that they become solemn.
* playing the tunes so fast that the melodies get lost.
* recording the harp with too much echo and reverb, as if this was some New Age nonsense rather than Irish classical music of the 1800s.

Well, Ms. Thompson gets everything right. This CD is a delight.
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