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Niall Kinsella

John F. Larchet - Complete Songs & Airs

  • Type CD
  • Label Champs Hill
  • UPC 5060212591586
  • Catalog number CHRCD 151
  • Release date 04 September 2020
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About the album

Pianist Niall Kinsella presents the complete songs and airs of Irish composer John Francis Larchet (1884–1967).

Kinsella first encountered Larchet’s songs at university and was keen to find more, but discovered that many of the songs were difficult to access and long out of print. With the help of the Larchet family, Kinsella has gradually collected every song that Larchet composed across the span of his career.

Kinsella writes: "I see this project not only as a revival of Larchet’s songs but also as an acknowledgement and celebration of the rich contribution that he has made to musical life in Ireland. Larchet was an integral part of the Irish literary revival at the beginning of the 20th century, writing music for the plays of Yeats, Lady Gregory and Synge, displaying a real skill for building and sustaining drama.”

Larchet’s marriage of text and music shows the qualities of invention and wholehearted lyricism which characterise his music. Curated by Niall Kinsella (piano), this album features Raphaela Mangan (mezzo-soprano), Gavan Ring (baritone), joined by violinist Mia Cooper and ‘cellist Verity Simmons. His songs are paired on this album with his two sets of Irish Airs for violin and piano.

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    1
    The Philosophy of Love
     
    02:03
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    2
    In Sweet Humility
     
    02:41
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    3
    Love’s Question
     
    03:39
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    4
    Love and a Garden
     
    03:19
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    5
    Padraic the Fiddiler
     
    03:00
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    6
    An Ardglass Boat Song
     
    03:40
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    7
    Irish Airs for Violin & Piano Emer’s Farewell
     
    01:48
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    8
    Irish Airs for Violin & Piano The Wind that Shakes the Barley/The Flower of Donnybrook
     
    01:37
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    9
    Irish Airs for Violin & Piano The Wheelwright
     
    01:35
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    10
    Irish Airs for Violin & Piano The New Potatoes/ The Merry Blacksmith
     
    01:06
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    11
    Irish Airs for Violin & Piano Little Brother of My Heart
     
    02:16
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    12
    Irish Airs for Violin & Piano The Harvest Home/The Good Natured Man
     
    01:39
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    13
    A Stoirin Ban
     
    04:43
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    14
    The Bard of Armagh
     
    02:28
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    15
    The Song of the Faery Child
     
    01:47
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    16
    Diarmuid’s Lament
     
    01:25
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    17
    The Thief of the World
     
    02:21
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    18
    Irish Airs for Violin & Piano Cáit Ní Duibir
     
    03:06
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    19
    Irish Airs for Violin & Piano Galway Reel
     
    01:11
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    20
    Irish Airs for Violin & Piano Cradle Song
     
    01:58
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    21
    Irish Airs for Violin & Piano Sail round the Rocks/Don’t leave me alone
     
    01:40
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    22
    Irish Airs for Violin & Piano Lament
     
    02:07
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    23
    Irish Airs for Violin & Piano unleary Hornpipe/The Hatter’s Hornpipe
     
    02:10
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    24
    The Stranger
     
    02:38
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    25
    The Wee Boy in Bed
     
    03:23
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    26
    The Cormorant
     
    03:37
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    27
    Wee Hughie
     
    02:38
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    28
    The Small Black Rose
     
    04:28
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    29
    Padraic the Fiddiler (Raphaela)
     
    03:03

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