Contours Of Cairngorm – Live

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Insightful yet exhilarating, Contours of Cairngorm seamlessly unites the Scottish traditional and classical genres, and musicians. Building on the success of Mhairi Hall Trio s Cairngorm, virtuosic pianist Mhairi and acclaimed fiddler and composer Patsy Reid have combined their unique musical talents and created Contours of Cairngorm. Hall says From conception, I had always imagined our music with strings. I was really excited to get the opportunity from Celtic Connections for Patsy and I to work together again and create this piece. Having expanded the music of Cairngorm, Contours of Cairngorm features Scotland s premiere string ensemble The Edinburgh Quartet, alongside the Trio and Patsy. The duo s dynamic string writing offers both sheer beauty and rugged edge, whilst complimenting the powerful rhythmic energy of the Trio s music perfectly - the result is striking and highly emotive. This debut concert was recorded in the beautiful Grand City Halls, Glasgow as part of Celtic Connections 2011. The audience experienced a stunning performance and extremely special atmosphere. Reid recalls 'I loved every second of that gig; it was such a pleasure to have our orchestrations realised and performed by such fantastic musicians, and in such a beautiful venue. Thank goodness it was captured and we are proud to share this recording.'

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