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The Celtic Viol Vol. 2

Notes & Reviews:

The Celtic Viol Vol.2 follows a critically acclaimed first volume, but is far from being merely its continuation. Thanks to the use of different types of viol (treble and lyra) and the particularly inspired rhythms coming from Frank McGuire on bodhran (an Irish frame drum), Jordi Savall enriches his vision of this fascinating repertoire. Andrew Lawrence-King again offers a perfect counterpoint on Irish harp and psaltery. The album is organized in seven sets that enable us to discover many sides of a repertoire Jordi Savall explores with the steadiest hand.

“Savall’s passion and virtuosity have allowed him to shake the dust off pieces of music that have long since passed into the dark world of museums and academies. Channeled through his viol, ancient songs come to life with a vitality and energy that make them sound as if they were written yesterday.”-No Depression

"The tastefulness of his treble viol playing and the more resonant, lower lyra viol is fetching, and his rhythmic liveliness is always in evidence." -The Observer

"Savall has traded the fiddle on the previous disc for a deeper-voiced, flexibly-tuned lyra viol while retaining the treble viol in the outer sets. Lawrence-King alternates between two harps and a psaltery, providing a rich variety of accompaniments...Mcguire neatly underscores and complements the energy inherent in the tunes." -Gramophone Magazine

"Savall and Andrew Lawrence-King have again opened a window on an approach to the tradition which differs intriguingly from more mainstream revivalist or folk-rock realizations." -BBC Music



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