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The Lovers' Waltz

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There are faster and flashier fiddlers than Jay Ungar, but he is almost without peer as a composer of fiddle tunes. Blessed with that rare knack for making his melodies move in ways that stir the listener's longings, he is best known for penning and performing "Ashokan Farewell," the evocative theme from "The Civil War" TV series. Ungar's 1997 album with his wife Molly Mason, The Lover's Waltz, takes its name from another striking fiddle theme, a slow-moving melody that seems to trace the rise of romantic desire and its satisfaction in each 32-bar section.

Mason accompanies her husband on piano, guitar, and bass, and she sings on four of the album's 16 tracks in an ingratiating alto. For the most part, though, the lead voice is Ungar's violin, which seems to sing in a note-bending, heart-tugging tenor. His melodies can be elegiac ("The Mountain House"), picturesque ("Prairie Love Song"), or spirited ("Tiptoe Alley"), but they are always memorable. The duo is joined by Balfa Toujours for a lively Cajun song, by John Sebastian for a cowboy tune, and by Swingology for several jazz and klezmer tunes. The liner notes try to give the compositions the narrative shape of a badly-written romance novel, but these tunes don't need any help. They can enchant the listener with the sheer power of melody. --Geoffrey Himes

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 28, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: January 28, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Angel
  • ASIN: B000002SLZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,270 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Em and Dave on September 14, 2002
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I learned of Jay Ungar and Molly Mason when I did a radio show on a public radio station. I played "The Lover's Waltz" as often as I could get away with it. I love this music and it never gets old. The whole CD is great. I also had "The Lover's Waltz" played at my wedding. I am a ballroom dancer, and I have used several of the tunes for performances. If you love beautiful music, you can't go wrong with Jay!
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Sometimes instrumental CDs can get very boring and repetitive, and I am speaking from a musician's point of view, but The Lover's Waltz is brilliant. Unger continues to exhibit his amazing talent for composing compelling, eclectic, and beautiful fiddle tunes, along with his wife Molly Mason and other musicians who helped support some of the songs. The tracks on this album range from the heart breaking to the jovial in the styles of American Folk, Klezmer, and Southwestern. I want to play this CD at my wedding. For all those who enjoyed Ashokan Farewell and the Catskill Collection as well as people just looking for beautiful and beautifully performed music.
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Heard an interview with Jay & Molly on National Public Radio regarding The Lover's Waltz -- was so impressed had to go out that day and find the recording.
It's a good thing CDs don't wear out -- I play it so often.
If I could only have one music CD, this would be it...
Who would have thought you could get so many different emotions and sounds out of a fiddle? Zydeco, appalachian, baltic, Southwest -- whew! How do they do it?
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By A Customer on November 28, 1998
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The music is exquisitely beautiful. From the haunting melodies like Ashokan Farewell to the big band feel, Mason and Unger have captured a sense of Americana that is woven in all Americans' experiences and in our history. The music makes one reflect on the threads that make up all of our lives--our joys and sorrows, our dreams and the way things are. With the wonderful fiddle playing, the sweet piano accompaniment, and the wonderful voices of Mason and Unger, this album is a masterpiece, enjoyed by all who hear it.
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This album is like listening to someone speak. Some of my favorite pieces and I didn't even know they were included when I purchased the album.
These pieces of music take me through many various types of emotion. I really enjoy it and think if you enjoy fiddle music, you will as well.
Not hoedown fiddle type music, but thoughtful, poignant and sweetly reminiscent of a time gone by or just how you may be feeling at the moment.
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We found this album online while looking for music for our first dance. We chose Mountain House because it was just the perfect little waltz to dance to. We took some waltz dance lessons and choreographed dance moves to it. It was lovely. And, best of all, we shocked all our guests beacuse they didn't know we were taking dance lessons!
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By A Customer on October 8, 2001
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The Lovers Waltz was a piano and violin musical interlude just after my daughter and son-in-law spoke their marriage vows. I don't think there was a dry eye in the church as they stood before the congregation as this sweet and haunting tune was played. This one song made their marriage ceremony very unique and most memorable.
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By A Customer on December 2, 1999
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I happened upon this CD in a music store. I was looking for something different and picked this up. I actually thought it would be more like classical-type waltz music, like ballroom waltzing. I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't. We listen to it often and never cease to enjoy it. And we have found an amazing fringe benefit--it puts our kids to sleep in an instant at night! Now anything that can do that is really worth something!
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