Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Countertenor Andreas Scholl performs 17 timeless folk songs from England, Ireland and America in lush new arrangements. The arrangements focus heavily on the strings, creating a background of cinematic richness for Scholl's master storytelling. The sources date back as far as 14th century England and as recent as 19th century America.
bbc.co.uk - Matthew Shorter
I found myself haunted by the limpid beauty of these songs and the crystalline balance of Andreas Scholl's counter-tenor with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra's understated accompaniments...the commitment of Scholl and arranger and producer Craig Leon was palpable and infectious...at its best this curious but heartfelt disc is spine-tingling.
Personnel: Andreas Scholl (countertenor); Jon Pickow (banjo, dulcimer); Stacey Shames (harp, irish harp); Eriko Sato , Eric Wyrick, Michael Roth , Dan Carlson, Renee Jolles, Bruno Eicher, Richard Rood, Ronnie Bauch, Martha Caplin, How Liang-Ping, Joanna Jenner, Mayuki Fukuhara, Todd Phillips, Nicolas Danielson (violin); Maureen Gallagher, Sarah Adams, Sarah Clarke, Karen Dreyfus (viola); Susannah Chapman (cello); Diva Goodfriend-Koven, Susan Rotholz, Elizabeth Brown (flute); David Singer (clarinet); Stephen Taylor (oboe, English horn); Matthew Dine, Marilyn Coyne (oboe); Cynde Iverson, Dennis L. Godburn , Frank Morelli (bassoon); Patrick Pridemore, Jeff Lang , Chris Komer, Stewart Rose (horns); Gerry Ranck (harpsichord, organ); Marji Danilow, Donald Palma (double bass); Maya Gunji, Jonathan Haas (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Craig Leon; Charles Harbutt.
Liner Note Author: Craig Leon.
Recording information: The Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, Purchase Coll (05/16/2001/05/17/2001).
Editor: Craig Leon.
Photographer: James McMillan .
Unknown Contributor Role: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Arranger: Craig Leon.