What is the purpose of a CD? There are several: to celebrate the work of a specific composer or artist; to introduce new repertoire; to give an interpretation of a regularly played work; to allow artists to make a permanent record of their artistic output; to use as a promotional tool; or to entertain. Celtic Connections is a prime example of this last category - it's principal purpose is to entertain the listener with a varied programme of light classical crossover tracks. Although this genre might not necessarily be to everyone's taste, as an exponent of this style of music I would say it's among the best I've ever heard. The music mostly places the flute in modern arrangements with a mixture of live and electronic backing tracks in the "Contemporary Celtic" style. The tracks are atmospheric and invigorating. Although this CD is more aimed at the mass market appeal, Gary Arbuthnot's flute playing is really quite phenomenal. His technique is flawless, and his sound is nothing short of breathtaking - it has vibrancy, resonance, nuance and clarity in spades.