Celtic Moods

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.

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 now at http://music.radioriel.org — the ide­al URL for you to use in your home par­cel media address in-world — or sim­ply vis­it any Cale­don Library branch in-world and press Play on your embed­ded music play­er. (If you want to lis­ten off-world, eg in Winamp or iTunes, and the above address does­n’t work for you, click here.)

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