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O'Riada's Farewell

this album is hard to find in Australia so finding it for the price that i did was fantastic. I gather it to my brother in law for christmas and he was very happy. the packaging and cd. even though it had it’s library stickers on it looked like it had never been borrowed Check it out!

Seán Ó Riada was one of the most important figures in the 20th-century revival of traditional Irish music. His chamber group Ceoltoiri Chualann helped revive the music of the great harper Turlough O’Carolan and was also the incubator for Paddy Moloney and other early members of the Chieftains. Ó Riada’s Farewell, his final recording before he died in 1971, is a selection of ancient tunes played on an 18th-century harpsichord. Ó Riada was interested in re-creating the music as it might have been heard in the great houses of the patrons of O’Carolan, arranging tunes like “Sí Bheag a’s Sí Mhór” (“The Little Fairy Hill and the Big Fairy Hill”) and “Aisling Gheal” (“A Bright Vision”) for a period instrument. His harpsichord versions bring out a stateliness in the music that more traditional instruments like the Uilleann pipes or the fiddle can obscure. –Michael Simmons




O’Riada’s Farewell Review


I recommend everybody who is interested in Irish Music and the latest history of Irish music this CD and listen to Sean O Riada’s playing traditional Irish music on the clavecimbel. -Read Reviews-

However, I don’t agree with the editorial review of the pipes obscuring the “stateliness” of the music. I’ve heard some pretty stately music from the hands of a master piper. Sean O’Riada was a seminal composer and unfortunately, this recording doesn’t do much for his reputation or for the harpsichord. I’m not sure why he even chose the harpsichord unless it was because he couldn’t play the harp, on which most of these tunes would have been heard upon.

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