29 Songs, 1 Hour 1 Minute

EDITORS’ NOTES

Here Sharon Isbin follows her lifelong passion for folk music on an engaging artistic sojourn that spans four centuries and an ocean. The journey begins with a stately quartet of Isbin-arranged Renaissance lute works and spirited performances of the familiar English traditionals "The Drunken Sailor" and "Wild Mountain Thyme." But it’s Isbin’s admiration of American folk legend Joan Baez (whom the guitarist touts as her first musical hero) and country fiddle virtuoso Mark O’Connor that inspire the album’s accomplished focal points. John Duarte’s "Joan Baez Suite" was arranged specifically for Isbin, and the guitarist’s world-premiere recording here emphasizes the subtle, sophisticated contours of the folksinger’s muse, before Baez herself takes a welcome guest turn on the melancholy "Go ‘Way from My Window." The album’s historical/artistic arc concludes with a spirited delight: O’Connor’s expansive "Strings & Threads Suite" (in another premiere recording), where Isbin alternately backs O’Connor’s own sprightly fiddle playing and bridges the country-classical gap with her fleet fretwork.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Here Sharon Isbin follows her lifelong passion for folk music on an engaging artistic sojourn that spans four centuries and an ocean. The journey begins with a stately quartet of Isbin-arranged Renaissance lute works and spirited performances of the familiar English traditionals "The Drunken Sailor" and "Wild Mountain Thyme." But it’s Isbin’s admiration of American folk legend Joan Baez (whom the guitarist touts as her first musical hero) and country fiddle virtuoso Mark O’Connor that inspire the album’s accomplished focal points. John Duarte’s "Joan Baez Suite" was arranged specifically for Isbin, and the guitarist’s world-premiere recording here emphasizes the subtle, sophisticated contours of the folksinger’s muse, before Baez herself takes a welcome guest turn on the melancholy "Go ‘Way from My Window." The album’s historical/artistic arc concludes with a spirited delight: O’Connor’s expansive "Strings & Threads Suite" (in another premiere recording), where Isbin alternately backs O’Connor’s own sprightly fiddle playing and bridges the country-classical gap with her fleet fretwork.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

billy102 ,

wonderful

so relaxing and clean sounding. i love it.

Boolez ,

A change of pace for Isbin

I confess for not being a fan of Joan Baez but she appears for only a bit. This is overall nice folk arrangments of origional and traditional tunes. The O'Connor Isbin duo at the end is a real winner. I told myself I wasn't going to like this experiment but it grew on me and have no hesitations recommending it to others. Fine playing all around.

Definitive_Reviewer ,

Great classical music

One of the better classical albums I've seen, well played and recorded in good sound this is one of those albums that anyone can appreciate, not just classical fans.

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