Today’s programme in our continuing series From the Library looks at the expansion of Celtic music and themes into several different genres of modern music. Yes, you will find a number traditional tunes in today’s programme, but they may not be arranged quite as you might expect. And yes, there are a few traditional musicians here too – but they are seldom performing traditionally.
Here we are featuring musicians and music that start from the Celtic tradition and take it forward into other realms, from Joanie Madden to Mendelssohn; from thunderously spectacular orchestral arrangements (you’ll hear several of those today) in the wake of Riverdance, to inspiring music for a small Celtic ensemble and organ, played in the largest Gothic space in the world.
Thus, this is not quite a ‘Celtic’ programme in the normal sense of the word – Soliel Snook will no doubt be presenting some of that later in the week, and it is one of our most popular genres. Today instead revel in the lush orchestrations of Erich Kunzel and Phil Coulter, for example; listen to Celtic Thunder and Celtic Woman; and enjoy a collection of exactly what it says on the tin: Celtic Moods.
• From the Library is produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Caledon Library in Second Life. Today’s programme was produced by Elrik Merlin.
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