Essential: a masterpiece of Folk music
Le Disque D’Or is a early compilation of Alan Stivell’s first 3 LPs: “Reflets”, “Renaissance De La Harpe Celtique” and “Chemins De Terre”. Also included are 2 unpublished singles in an official LP.
Essential: a masterpiece of Prog Rock music
This review is based on the LP version of this album (the CD version if you can find it, apparently has additional songs). The first seven tracks formed side one, and are accoustic: Alan playing the harp and singing, with some additional accompaniment, all of of haunting and beautiful.
Restés en grande partie inédits à l’écoute, les chants et airs sonnés rassemblés ici sont autant de témoignages de la richesse poétique et musicale qui compose l’identité du Pays bigouden. Ce florilège de documents, sélectionnés par les meilleurs spécialistes de ce terroir, représente un siècle de collecte en Pays bigouden. Il est issu des archives de Dastum, des enregistrements de nombreux collecteurs, ainsi que du fonds du Musée National des Arts et Traditions Populaires. Un livret propose un survol historique du pays, une analyse des chansons et des airs, une étude de la langue, des informations sur les danses en usage, la transcription et la traduction des chants, ainsi qu’une iconographie soigneusement choisie.
Eric Mouquet, the producer of this recording, has apparently taken various world music styles and added techno-pop features to produce what he calls a "World Mix" album. On this recording, he visits Brittany, the celtic nation located in the Northwest coast of France. The recording features some well-known traditional Breton pieces: Tri Martolod, La Jument de Mishao, and Ti Eliz Iza. It also features the participation of some of Brittany's best-known musicians: Tri Yann, Denez Prigent, and Manu Lann Huel…
HYMNS OF THE CELTS is a lilting slice of Celtic New Age, featuring a repertoire of Celtic classics sung by a male choir. The highly atmospheric, minor-key charms of these traditional songs are perfectly rendered by the choir, whose plaintive, ethereal voices will envelop and soothe the listener. Musical accompaniment from synthesizer and programmed percussion flesh out the compositions tastefully at times–as on the English-language "The Voice"–lending a contemporary feel to the timeless melodies. The Adormus release should interest fans of Celtic and choral music alike.
Breton harpist Alan Stivell brought the Breton harp out of the pages of history and into reality. He's also been a groundbreaker, with his innovative interpretations of traditional Celtic music. (…) Zoom is quintessential Stivell. A must-have album. The only drawback to the album is that the liner notes are in French.