Burgess, John

Pibroch 1

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Some may think "Pibroch" is a kind of Scottish soup or stew, since after all these wonderful folk have come up with tasty culinary masterpieces such as "neats and tatties," a baked combination of parsnips and potatoes that sounds like the name of a tap-dancing vaudeville group. But, nay nay, one can't eat Pibroch, it is a form of Scottish classical music played on the bagpipes, what else, which dates back to early post-medieval times. This particular album comes from the Dominion catalogue. The label specialized in Scottish music and compiled an archive of recordings as rich in great music as the Scottish highlands are in hues of green. The three players featured here are masters and the resulting performances, both solos and duos, have been collected in two volumes. A quite detailed set of liner notes were created to cover the material on both albums, including musical notation. This combined with the brilliance of the music adds up to a must-have album, unless one happens to hate bagpipes, a situation which begs the question: Why are you reading this review? Be off with you, then! On the other hand, bagpipe fans should be pretty happy with this set as these are hardly "wee" versions of the pieces: "The Old Men of the Shells" gobbles up a whole side of vinyl as if it was a steaming plate of haggis.

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