Julian Cowie | Craigenroan and Other Tales

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Craigenroan and Other Tales

by Julian Cowie

A CD of Brazilian, Spanish, French and Scottish music for the classical guitar played by the brilliant Julian Cowie, including his own mesmerising compositions.
Genre: Classical: Traditional
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1. 2 Scottish Reflections-i)Craigenroan
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2. Iona
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3. Scottish Choro
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4. Prelude No.1
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5. Prelude No.3
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6. Prelude No.4
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7. Cancion
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8. Lagrima
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9. Adelita
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10. Capricio Arabe
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11. Two Preludes
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12. Recuerdos de la Alhambra
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13. Diferencias “Guardame las Vacas”
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14. Pavana
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15. Puisque Je Suy Amoreux /Nomura
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16. Crystal Springs
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17. Haruki
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18. My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose
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19. The Skye Boat Song
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Album Notes
Julian Cowie
2 Scottish Reflections
Craigenroan means Seal Island in Gaelic and is the small island near the family home in Portessie, north-east Scotland. It has always been part of my life, here the lilting melody echoes the sea. This piece was written in 2005 for my uncle Albert’s birthday.
Iona was written for my wife when she visited the island and was played at our wedding. The melody is modal and evokes Scottish folk tunes.

Villa Lobos was a larger than life character and is the most famous composer to come out of Brazil. He wore loud shirts and smoked a cigar. He was not refined in the intellectual sense, but he had a great heart. He wrote many of the most popular Twentieth Century classical guitar music.
The Suite Populaire Brazilienne was finished in 1928. It comprises five “Choro” or songs, here I play the “Scottish Choro” which is such an uplifting positive piece bursting with joie de vivre.
The Preludes were written in 1940 in Rio de Janeiro for the guitarist Andres Segovia and are dedicated to Arminda Villa-Lobos.
Prelude No.1 is a homage to the Brazilian sertanejo a traditional dance.
Prelude No.3 is a homage to Bach.
Prelude No.4 is a homage to the Brazilian Indian.
Federico Mompou(1893-1987)
The composer on his music-\"the best word is the unspoken word, I as you all know, am a man of few words and a musician of few notes. Music is the written that can’t be expressed, I wish that it should seem to come out of the shadows so to return to the shadows again. I find myself forced to find new forms, I believe that my music will never fit in a perfect world.” Frederico Mompou was influenced by the sound of bells, you can hear them ringing in this piece. This one is especially for Julian Ardella.

Fransisco Tarrega (1852-1909)

Tarrega is considered to be the founder of modern guitar technique and wrote some of the most well known music for the instrument. He was central to reviving the guitar as a solo instrument in recital and concerts.
Two Preludes
Capricio Arabe was written after a visit to Algeria.
Recuerdos de la Alhambra was inspired by the beautiful palace.
Luis de Narvaez(1490-1547)-Another Spanish composer of the time, his Diferencias sobre “Guardame las Vacas” was written in 1538 and is actually the first known example of variation form.

Diego Pisador(1509-1557)-This Pavana Muy Llana Para Taner was written in1552 for the Vihuela which was an early type of guitar. It was a small, 12 string instrument very popular in Spain at this time. I love the modal harmony in this piece.

Richard Loqueville/Julian Cowie-Puisque Je Suy Amoreux Rondeau/Nomura. Not much is known about this French composer. He died in Cambrai in 1418. In 1410 he was harp tutor to the son of the Duke of Bar and taught plainchant to the duke\'s choirboys. When I transcribed this harp piece for guitar I realised that the last chord was exactly the same as the first chord of one of my compositions. So I connected the two and even though they were written about 600 years apart they are somehow linked. Nomura is my wife’s hometown in Japan. I tried to evoke the landscape with the farmers working in the rice fields, surrounded by mountains, the strange, noisy insects and the incredible heat.

Julian Cowie-Crystal Springs-the striking springs in Northern Australia
Haruki- This was written when my son was born. I wanted to capture the innocent moment a life begins.
Trad. Arr Leroy Cowie(1940)-My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose. My father’s magical arrangement.
Trad. Arr. Julian Cowie-The Skye Boat Song

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Seema K.

Julian's cd is mesmerising - full of heart-felt and haunting melodies
Every time I listen to this cd (which is very often) I never fail to get moved by the beautifully rendered pieces -the delicacy, the heart and the breath-taking skill which Julian displays.
'Craigenroan and Other Tales' is one of the most played and treasured cds in my own music collection and as such I would heartily recommend it to anyone.

Sam Smith (downloadUK)

Really beautiful, mellow guitar music reminds me of Pat Metheny
Really beautiful, mellow guitar music reminds me of Pat Metheny. The gutiar playing is second to none and the production is fantastic. A must for anyone who likes classical acoustic guitar. Can't wait for the next album.

Lawrence O'Connor

Really lovely music & great combination of related traditions across the contine
Very enjoyable, sincere playing with orginality and heart.
Uplifting, moving and affirming.
More please!

Frustrated Students Union

Not half bad eh? :)
Wow, I love the choice of music and your playing totally rocks (particularly the Capricio Arabe). The next CD has to be even better sir :)

RBT from New York

can compliment the sound of rain, this CD is so lovely
This is a favorite CD of mine, a beautiful work of art in sound. I put it on when feeling very creative and need to work to music. I think music lovers will be very satisfied with the expression, the technique and the intimate sound. Every track is beautifully crafted and presented.

Isabel Finlayson

Beautiful uplifting music!
Beautiful uplifting music which reminded me of Scotland - my native country. Julian's interpretations of the 'Skye Boat Song' and 'My Love is Like a Red Red Rose' were particularly good. I would recommend to anyone and everyone who loves Scottish poetry.

John Clapham

Excellent CD of relaxing & inspirational guitar music
Excellent CD of relaxing & inspirational guitar music, I particularly liked Iona and Crystal Springs and of course the Pavana. Great! a clear and crisp performance, look forward to more from this very enjoyable artist.

Angela Tansley

Soft soothing tones. Relaxing enough to send me asleep. Thouroughly enjoyable, easy on the ears. Such a privilege for me to have it in my possesion.

Paul van der Spek - "The Hague"

Brilliantly performed classical guitar music of all times.
Julian Cowie is doing a brilliant job on his first ever CD "Craigenroan & Other Tales", filled with joyous, uplifting and sometimes very moving interpretations of Villa-Lobos, Tarrega, De Narvaez, Pisador, Locqueville and -yes- the fairly unknown but exquisite Mompou. Add to this Julian's own compositions (like "Haruki"), his interpretation of "My love is like a red red rose" arranged by his father and "The Skye Boat Song" in his own arrangement. Tender, careful and crystal clear playing here. You can imagine Julian loves the guitar and the guitar equally loves him. This is as terrific a debut CD can be. May many more follow.


Just beautiful, clear, calm, inspired music. Simply joyous.