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Beautiful and historic!

This is a very interesting album. Sean O'Riada was a major figure in the revival of traditional Irish music (inevitably modified somewhat) in the mid 20th century. Of course, the harpsichord isn't a traditional Irish instrument, but he used it in place of the traditional Irish harp, known as a Clairseach. He couldn't personally play the harp, but he could piano, so the harpsichord was a suitable substitution. The action of the harpsichord is very loud, unfortunately, and I don't think O'Riada is a terrific harpsichordist, but the instrument has a good sound, the pieces are beautiful, and O'Riada is a great composer and musician, making this album worthwhile.


Born: August 1, 1931 in Cork, Ireland

Genre: World

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s

Seán Ó Riada was the founder of the modern school (which is to say, the authentic ancient style of playing) of Irish folk music and, equally important, a vital nationalistic voice in the orchestral music of Ireland. Best known today as a composer, he was also present at the recording of the first album by the Chieftains, and founded the folk chamber orchestra Ceoltoiri Cualann, Paddy Moloney's group before forming the Chieftains. Seán Ó Riada (or John Reidy, in English) was born in Cork, Ireland,...
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