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Thread #79071   Message #1511160
Posted By: Don Firth
27-Jun-05 - 04:15 PM
Thread Name: Review: Celtic Women on PBS
Subject: RE: Review: Celtic Women on PBS
GUEST,jykmoy, it's not a matter of musical snobbery. You're right, the young ladies were attractive, they sang well, and the whole performance was very nice. But this is a folk music web site. Most of the people who check in here are pretty sophisticated when it comes to matters of traditional music, and when they see something labeled as "Celtic," they tend to expect that it will be a bit more genuinely--traditionally--Celtic than this was.

The general thrust of my earlier comment was that the show was quite nice and go ahead and watch it if you want, but if you're looking for genuine traditional music tradtitionally performed, don't get your expectations up.

John McCormack was a great Irish tenor. So are the various Irish tenors who have appeared in PBS pledge breaks within the past couple of years. They sing a lot of Celtic music, and they do it magnificently. I've watched them and I love the shows. But their style of singing is operatic, not traditional, and if you're looking for "tradtional," you're not going to find it there.

Now, lest I be misunderstood, I have nothing against the operatic style of singing. I have records and CDs up the ziggy of opera, including several full-length opera recordings and I was for years a season ticket holder at Seattle Opera. But if Placido Domingo were to do a pledge break special singing Scottish ballads, I might say "go ahead and watch it if you like because you might find it interesting, but don't expect the songs to be sung in a traditional manner. Be forewarned."

There. I think that's clear enough.

Don Firth