|07-17-12 at 01:55 PM||#1|
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Loreena Mckennitt - Troubadours On The Rhine (2012)[FLAC+320]
Artist.....: Loreena Mckennitt
Album......: Troubadours On The Rhine
Bitrate....: 320 Kbps
Size.......: 94,4 Mb
Length.....: 44 minutes 29 seconds
I’m a hopeless Loreena McKennitt fan. For over 20 years, I’ve bought Loreena McKennitt’s CDs and seen her in concert.
When she released her current recording, "The Wind that Shakes the Barley", in 2010, she visited several countries to help promote the album. During the "promotional tour" she performed an hour long concert in the studios of German radio station SWR1, accompanied only by Brian Hughes (guitars), Caroline Lavelle (cello) who have long been part of her tours and recordings.
Troubadours on the Rhine captures the Canadian harpist/vocalist in a stripped down mode. Loreen McKennitt is backed by Brian Hughes (guitar) and Caroline Lavelle (cello), McKennitt’s hourlong set draws from her entire career, with songs from The Wind That Shakes the Barley as well as favorites like “Bonny Portmore,” “Lady of Shalott,” and “The Bonny Swans.” I found the entire performance captivating. -> Grade : A
01 – Bonny Portmore
02 – Down by the Sally Gardens
03 – The Wind That Shakes the Barley
04 – Between the Shadows
05 – The Lady of Shalott
06 – Stolen Child
07 – Penelope’s Song
08 – The Bonny Swans
09 – The Parting Glass
Biography At a Glance
Birthname: Loreena Isabel Irene McKennitt
Born: Feb 17 1957 (55 years old)
With her refined harpestry, angelic voice, and melodious compositions, Loreena McKennitt infuses Celtic and New Age sounds with a mix of influences as diverse as Moroccan, Greek, Turkish, Indian, Native American, and Italian. McKennitt's worldwide record sales currently total over 14 million.
A native of Canada, she started out playing traditional Celtic folk songs in cafés, before establishing a record label and releasing her debut in 1985. Her 1989 album Parallel Dreams proved a breakthrough, selling impressive numbers for a limited-distribution release. The Visit (1991) was a phenomenal success, selling 600,000 copies in Canada and earning McKennitt her first Juno Award. The Mask and Mirror (1994) and The Book Of Secrets (1997) continued her success, the former winning another Juno, and the latter selling two million copies in America thanks to the success of single "The Mummers' Dance". McKennitt then took a break, releasing only a live album until 2006's comeback An Ancient Muse. In 2007 she released a live CD and DVD Nights from the Alhambra.
Well what can one say about the wonderful Loreena McKennit that hasn't already been said? She has a beautiful, ethereal voice that is made for celtic / worldly music. This live recording from a radio station studio consists of three musicians and the recordings are just wonderful. I bought the mp3's from another music store as amazon doesn't sell them for some reason (yet).
The tracks on the album are of the "greatest hits" variety and you may already have them, but you don't have them like this. The difference with this recording is the sense of intimacy here. The other live records you can buy have different acoustics, those are mainly in large spacious halls where as these feel very "up close" and personal. I believe the instruments used here are cello, harp and guitar but I also hear some keyboards.
Her voice is powerful, clear and an instrument all on its own.
If you don't own any live recordings of Loreena's music, I
highly recommend this one
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|08-07-12 at 04:23 PM||#2|
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