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Masters Of The Tradition Vol. 2

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Muriel Johnstone playing some of the great masterpieces from the Golden Age of the Fiddle, played here on the pianoforte in a way that only a real master of the instrument can.
This CD will tug at the heartstrings of anyone who has a feel for traditional Scottish music. 

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Muriel playing the tunes of the great fiddle composers

  1. Miss Campbell of Saddell
  2. Miss Jamieson’s Favourite
  3. The Oswalds of Auchincruive
  4. The Dean Bridge of Edinburgh
  5. The Piper’s Weird
  6. Minuets
  7. J. O. Forbes of Corse
  8. Miss Esmerelda Fraser
  9. Miss Johnston
  10. The Marquis of Huntly’s Snuff Mill
  11. Delvinside
  12. O’er the Moor amang the Heather



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02-03-2019

Masters of the Tradition Vol 2

Several of Muriel’s own tunes feature as originals and
alternatives on the Jim Lindsay recording (see
review Reel 306), but her own latest release takes us away from the dance floor, and back to the
Masters of the Scottish music tradition, perhaps in an 18th century drawing room. Under Muriel’s hands, the potential anachronism of a Bösendorfer grand piano is
irrelevant, as she uses its depth and variety of sound to full advantage to bring out the pure and delicate beauty of this music. In particular, tunes that have been appropriated for dance rhythm and tempo are returned to their original form, in particular slow strathspeys. James O Forbes, Esq. of Corse, for example, may (infrequently) be heard as the original tune of the dance Auld Lang Syne, but here it is allowed the tempo, with rubato, with which
it was originally conceived, giving it real shape.
In another nod to the authentic, Muriel plays some tunes with bass
lines as they may have been originally written - single notes, rather than the vamping common to accompany dancing - but the apparent simplicity does not seem sparse harmonically, and her light and shade colour the tunes in a different way, without any loss of rhythm. Elsewhere arrangements are more in line with the style familiar from her recordings of her own music, with tasteful syncopation, multi-tracking, bass and some synthesiser underpinning.
All the great composers of the period are represented, together with a range of lesser- known names highlighted in the sleeve note, such as Airchie Allan. The combinations of tunes, mostly in medleys, allow suitable contrast, but also the linking of tunes by name. For example, it seems every member of the family of Oswalds of Auchincrieve had a tune written for them!
Highly recommended for the pleasure of the playing, and hearing the tunes in their original guise.

Jeremy Hill - RSCDS London Branch Published in the Reel

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Masters Of The Tradition Vol. 2

Masters Of The Tradition Vol. 2

Muriel Johnstone playing some of the great masterpieces from the Golden Age of the Fiddle, played here on the pianoforte in a way that only a real master of the instrument can.
This CD will tug at the heartstrings of anyone who has a feel for traditional Scottish music. 

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