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Thirty Year Retrospective

Mark O'ConnorAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)


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listen  1. A Bowl Of BulaMark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton, Byron House 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Tom & JerryMark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton, Byron House 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Flight HomeMark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton, Byron House 8:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Johnny AppleseedMark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton, Byron House 5:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Jerusalem's RidgeMark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton, Byron House 5:10Album Only
listen  6. Mark's WaltzMark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton, Byron House 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Jesse PolkaMark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton, Byron House 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Swingin' On The 'VilleMark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton, Byron House 6:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Send RainbowsMark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton, Byron House 9:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Caprice No. 4 In D MajorMark O'Connor, Chris Thile 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. March Of The PharaohsMark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton, Byron House 4:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. MacedoniaMark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton, Byron House 6:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Song Of The Liberty BellMark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton, Byron House 5:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Stone From Which The Arch Was MadeMark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton, Byron House 5:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. One Winter's NightMark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton, Byron House 5:10$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. BowtieMark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton, Byron House 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Butterfly's Day OutMark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton, Byron House 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Emily's ReelMark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton, Byron House 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Midnight InterludeMark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton, Byron House 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Pickin' In The WindMark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton, Byron House 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. October ImpressionsMark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton 5:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Soppin' The GravyMark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton, Byron House 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. On A June DayMark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton, Byron House 8:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. From Panama To El PichinchaMark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton, Byron House 7:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Into The Walls Of MandonessMark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton, Byron House 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Don't Let The Deal Go DownMark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton, Byron House 7:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Soft GyrationsMark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton, Byron House12:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Granny White SpecialMark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton, Byron House 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Appalachia WaltzMark O'Connor 5:01$0.99  Buy MP3 


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A product of America's rich aural folk tradition as well as classical music, Mark O'Connor's creative journey began at the feet of a pair of musical giants. The first was the folk fiddler and innovator who created the modern era of American fiddling, Benny Thomasson; the second, French jazz violinist, considered one of the greatest improvisers in the history of the violin, Stephane ... Read more in Amazon's Mark O'Connor Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 11, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Omac
  • ASIN: B0000DI4TC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,201 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Virtuosity defined November 11, 2003
Format:Audio CD
As I listen to this incredible two-disc recording, I'm getting to re-live one of the most incredible "Nashville" experiences I have ever had: being in the audience while it was being recorded. At the time, I knew (as all in the audience did) that I was witnessing a unique musical moment for the four artists on stage. Listening to the CD reaffirms that belief. On stage that evening (and the two preceding it) Mark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton and Byron House came as close as four artists can to perfection. This recording, taken from those three live performances, seems as close to the actual performance as I can imagine a recording being. In over three hours of playing what must have been a million notes of music, there were (at least on the evening I attended) no false starts, no thuds, no blemishes. Yet with this near technical perfection, the music is as textured and nuanced as one is likely to experience in any genre of music (many of which are explored throughout these CDs).
The unamplified concert was held in the new (and acoustically inspiring, at least to my layman's ears) Ingram Performance Hall at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music. While this is Mark O'Connor's CD -- a celebration of his 30-year (so far) of multiple-genre-defining fiddling career, this CD is a showcase for the virtuosity of the three other artists: Bryan Sutton is the best guitar picker in a city of guitar pickers. Byron House on bass provides an inspired foundation for this recording.
And Chris Thile. How does one begin to describe his talent? Otherworldly? Godlike? On a stage with three other titans of acoustical music, Chris Thile transformed his mandolin into something beyond magical. Chris Thile reminds me of the basketball player Pete Maravich (hair and all).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing... May 6, 2004
By Becky
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Let me just start off by saying that of the many CDs I've added to my bluegrass/newgrass collection over the past few years, this is the first one that moved me so much that I had to write a review! Oddly enough, I wasn't at all familiar with Mr. O'Connor's work when I purchased this CD - I pretty much just saw the words "Chris Thile" and that was enough for me! However, it didn't take more than one listen for me to add Mark O'Connor to my list of favorite musicians in this genre. I was absolutely blown away by the intricacies of the solos and the wide range of sounds on this CD. From more traditional sounding bluegrass numbers to bluesy/jazzy swing numbers to classical sounding pieces, there is never a dull moment. The timing of the musicians is dead on - at times they are so in synch with one another that it's scary to imagine there are actually 8 hands in perfect coordination with one another. I've basically been listening to it every few days for months now, and there is so much going on musically in each song that every time you listen you can focus on new layers to the music that you haven't noticed yet. The only drawback from purchasing this CD is the lightening of my wallet as I set out to purchase the solo projects from each of the 4 musicians featured here!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Technical acoustic proficiency at its finest! December 20, 2003
By J. Ross
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Playing Time - 76:17 (disc one), 76:27 (disc two)-- Technical acoustic proficiency at its finest! There are few superlatives available to describe this two-CD celebration of Mark O'Connor's first 30 years in the music business. The words "bardacious" and "splendiculous" come to mind. This album's music is almost too sweet for words. The Grammy Award winner and master of many styles and moods assembled three other instrumental wizards, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton and Bryon House, for a series of three phenomenal unamplified concerts on July 3-5, 2002 at Ingram Hall at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. They were history in the making and provided a great overview of O'Connor's fiddling interests in swing, Texas style, jazz, classical, bluegrass and newgrass. With the exception of O'Connor's concertos for violin and orchestra, nearly every genre that O'Connor has recorded is nicely represented. On a 2.5-hour project like this, we must also recognize the excellent recording engineers (Gary Paczosa, Marshall Morgan, Thomas Johnson, and Adam Beard) for their important contributions. The outcome is phenomenally clean and balanced, although one can't help but wonder and speculate how the project might have turned out differently in a recording studio. Would the sound been even better? Would the energy from live performance been sorely missed? Would some tracks have introduced guest banjo, dobro or other virtuoso players?
There are times that one might think that O'Connor or his fiddle are bewitched, especially as the program moves from such diverse offerings as "Jesse Polka" to "Swingin' on the `Ville" to "Send Rainbows." The hot picking definitely calls an occasional whoop or shout in glee, but the audience does practice considerable restraint and respect to the live recording process.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant February 5, 2004
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Some of the other reviewers have provided far more detailed praises for this collection, offering praises to each song. Each song clearly deserves each such praise, & more. For my part, I am most thrilled to find Mr. O'Connor, whose playing I have followed for decades, returning to his roots. I have certainly enjoyed his classical work, but I find I lack the ability to appreciate that work sufficiently. For me, there will never be an album (do we still call them albums?) better than The Telluride Sessions, with Mr. O'Connor, Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Edgar Meyer, & Jerry Douglas. This album ranks with that one - and it is all live, recorded with minimal production. The artists who accompany him here - Byron House, Brian Sutton and especially the amazing Chris Thile - are (and this borders on heresy for me) equally tremendous with that earlier gang. What a joy to hear Mark play "Bowl of Bula" or "Bowtie" again. Songs from his more "new-agey" phase (Elysian Woods) sound better with the more straightforward, newgrassy arrangements (see, eg, "October Impressions" & "Flight Home" and compare them to the originals. The one never-recorded piece, "On a June Day," is also magnificent.
Welcome home, Mark. Even if it is only for a brief look back. It reminds all of just how rich and diverse your musical legacy is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Master at work!
Mark O'Connor is a master at every type of music on the violin. Dazzling virtuosity and collaboration with equally skilled musicians! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mae Stroshane
5.0 out of 5 stars Years later, still my all time favorite!
I bought this album many years ago, and I'm still waiting for someone to come along and top it, not that brilliant music is a competition. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ericofcourse
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This is folk music at it's best! Mark O'Connor's fiddle playing on this record the most lyrical, sensitive and virtuosic fiddle playing I think I have ever heard. Read more
Published on March 29, 2011 by Luke I. Fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiddler Extraordinaire
I must say I consider this a real find. My original exposure to O'Connor's music was a concert at the Kennedy Center a few years ago where he and Ms. Read more
Published on March 26, 2008 by S. Alred
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Would highly recommend this to any violin/fiddle fan or Mark O'Connor fan. Great mixture of pieces and instruments.
Published on November 5, 2007 by S. Shugart
5.0 out of 5 stars A new kind of music...
...revealed in part over the last few years, from when my son liked a girl who played banjo, listened to the Flecktones, and, fatefully, told me "He plays bluegrass sometimes,... Read more
Published on June 10, 2007 by trollificus
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing virtuosity
Believe the accolades, this is acoustic instrumental music at its finest. Mark O'Connor has assembled an acoustic music dream team, able to interpret with skill and daring the... Read more
Published on January 18, 2007 by Walter Little
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music
I'm no huge fan of bluegrass in general, or fiddle specifically, but I was introduced to Mark O'Connor probably 20 years ago when he had an album that was mostly guitar and... Read more
Published on September 4, 2006 by D. Breaux
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best live acoustic recordings ever
It took me way too long to finally pick up this cd. Why did I wait?!! This is one of those records where no matter how much money you spend on it, its worth every penny and more. Read more
Published on August 12, 2006 by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Musicians, Classic Bluegrass
Magic graced the Martha Rivers Ingram Center for the Performing Arts, Blair School of Music, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville when a stage full of music virtuoso's got... Read more
Published on November 26, 2005 by Christine Curtis
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