As the Winter Solstice approaches, this week’s From The Library consists of a fairly broad collection of generally Celtic music, interspersed with items having a Christmas, Solstice or Yuletide flavour. The material ranges from contemporary choral works by artists such as Libera; to classic and modern Celtic songs, moods and themes; to NW European Christmas carols and music.
Of particular interest is Paul Winter’s Celtic Solstice, a collection of original works performed by some of the world’s leading Celtic musicians in the world’s largest Gothic space, New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine. We will conveniently overlook the fact that the Solstice being celebrated is actually the… ah… other one.
This programme features a greatly expanded playlist that will take several days to play completely. The programme will run until Wednesday evening (GMT) and will be followed on Thursday by a special From The Library programme in honour of the Nordic celebration of St Lucy’s Day, Sankta Lucia, December 13th.
• From The Library is presented by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Caledon Library in Second Life, and today’s programme was produced by Elrik Merlin. For more information on the Caledon Library, current exhibits and the work of Second Life reference libraries in general, please visit the Caledon Library Web site, or one of their locations in-world.
• You can listen to the program now at http://music.radioriel.org, or simply visit any Caledon Library branch in-world and press Play on your embedded music player.