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Tristan And Isolde

by Celtic Legend

An epic Celtic music version of a beautiful 6th century legend set in Cornwall, Ireland and Brittany and featuring some great and well known artists in this field
Genre: World: Celtic
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2. Prince of Lyonesse CELTIC LEGEND
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3. Journey to Tintagel CELTIC LEGEND
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4. A Lovers Song CELTIC LEGEND
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5. Tell me the Secret CELTIC LEGEND
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7. Leap of Faith CELTIC LEGEND
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8. The Dance of Ogrin CELTIC LEGEND
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9. The Forest of Moresk CELTIC LEGEND
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10. The Last Goodbye CELTIC LEGEND
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11. Battle of Carhaix CELTIC LEGEND
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13. La Mort de Tristan CELTIC LEGEND
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14. Long is the Night CELTIC LEGEND
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15. The Vine and the Rose CELTIC LEGEND
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16. Ysolt y'nn Gweinten CELTIC LEGEND
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Album Notes
Celtic Legend are a group of pan-Celtic writers and performers formed in 2002 by Cornish born composer Chris Payne. The idea is to create music based on various ancient Celtic legends. Inspired by the tragic love story of Tristan and Isolde, this first recording, a fascinating mixture of classical, Celtic and medieval music, captures the real essence of this beautiful 6th century Cornish legend.

The CD features an array of very talented singers, poets and musicians. These include Irish actor Patrick Bergin, who narrates the story. Patrick of course is best known for playing opposite Julia Roberts in 'Sleeping with the Enemy', and also for 'Patriot Games' where he appeared alongside Harrison Ford.

The part of Isolde was sung by Deirdre Gilsenan, an internationally acclaimed Irish soprano who has sung with 'Lord of the Dance', 'Celtic Women', 'Anuna' and the 'Celtic Tenors'. The other main vocalists were Arthur Brown (of 'Fire' fame!) as King Marc of Cornwall, and Jim Carey, the Eden Project's resident composer was the voice of Tristan. The musicians included the multi-instrumentalist Francis Calavia from the group 'Incantation', and also the Cornish guitarist Andy Brodie.

The English lyrics were written by the legendary songwriter Peter Sarstedt who is famed for his huge hit 'Where do you go to my lovely'. Chris Payne, orchestral composer, wrote the music with French composer Franck Hemard also contributing to the score.

A short film has been made to accompany the release and features a song called "Ysolt y'nn Gweinten" (Isolde in the spring) with Cornish/Welsh singer Gwenno Saunders of 'Riverdance' and 'Lord of the Dance' fame as the Spirit of Isolde and Patrick Bergin as Beroul the poet. The text for the video was written by Tim Saunders, one of the leading figures in the Cornish language. One of the interesting things about this song is that the language used in Ysolt y'nn gweinten is very close to that spoken by the 'Brythonic' Celts after the Roman occupation. It is charming to think that this language has hardly changed since the times of Tristan, Isolde and King Arthur.


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Paco Fox

A rare gem
For lovers of orchestral celtic, this is one of the best albums I've heard in a long time. Up there with Mychael and Jeff Danna's records, this Cd has it all: great melodies ('The Last Goodbye'), beautiful ballads ('A Lover's Song') and lively reels with a modern twist (The Forest sounds very much like Mark Knopfler's 'A Shot at Glory' soundtrack). But, although the ballads are good (maybe there are a bit too many of them), the record really shines when it goes more epic. 'Prince of Lyonesse' and 'Tell me a Secret' are just deeply moving tracks, and I hope the composers continue this path in their new cd.

Lisa McKay

I have always loved reading tragic love stories-especially of Celtic origin-and now to be able to listen to these stories set to gorgeous music is a real treat. Thank you.

M.L. Downey

Stirring mix of reels and ballads makes the inevitable more poignant
This is Celtic Legend's second take on the Tristan and Isolde story, and the wonderful melodies that propelled the 2003 version also drive this album. The work of the incredible musicians is still evident, and the vocalists are still strong -- Arthur Brown is as stately as before on Kings. The central difference is many of the tunes, particularly in the early and middle section of the album's story, are more perky ... for lack of a better term. Tristan and Isolde is a tragic love story, and this version captures the giddiness of that love with its swirling reels and passionate playing. The high of the doomed couple's relationship, expressed through the music, makes the inevitable tragic end even more poignant, more haunting.

Gertraut Seib

Tristan & Isolde - the CD is a gem!
I sent you an email with a little more detailed review about this lovely CD. Love, Gertraut

Gertraut Seib

I cannot deny you a Lovers Song...
This is an absolutely enchanting CD, that's why I choose one of the lines from the lovely 'A Lovers Song' for the title. Beautifully done, I followed the legends manuskript, listening to the beautiful music and trying to fit it according to the story... Deirdre Gilsenan's voice enhances the beautiful songs, you can almost see Isolde of Ireland before you! And Jim Careys Tristan fits so well, I'm simply happy I bought it!