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Loreena McKennitt - The visit

This album includes, "[e]xpanding on earlier Celtic influences in an inventive and contemporary light ... a haunting version of Greensleeves, a musical setting of Tennyson's The Lady of Shalott, and original work ...".

Loreena writes in the CD booklet:

I have long considered the creative impulse to be a visit - a thing of grace, not commanded or owned so much as awaited, prepared for. A thing, also, of mystery. "Who is this, and what is here?" wonder Arthur's knights at the sight of the Lady of Shalott. This recording explores some of that mystery.
It looks as well into the earlier eastern influences of the Celts, the likelihood that they started from as far away as India before being driven to the western margins of Europe in the British Isles. With their musical influences came rituals around birth and death which treated the land as holy and haunted; this life itself as a visit. Afterwards, one's soul might move to another plane, or another from - perhaps a tree. The Celts knew then, as we are re-learning now, a deep respect for all the life around them. This recording aspires to be nothing so much as a reflection into the weave of these things.


  1. ALL SOULS NIGHT -- including a photo
    Music and Lyrics by Loreena McKennitt
    Music and Lyrics Traditional
    Music by Loreena McKennitt
  4. THE LADY OF SHALOTT -- including two photos
    Music by Loreena McKennitt
    Lyrics by Alfred Lord Tennyson (1843)
    Music Traditional
    Lyrics by King Henry VIII
    Music by Loreena McKennitt
    Music and Lyrics by Loreena McKennitt
    Music and Lyrics by Loreena McKennitt
    Music by Loreena McKennitt
    Lyrics by William Shakespeare (c. 1609)
Note: numbers 3 and 6 are instrumental

The visit - Quinlan Road/Warner Music 1991 (9031-75151-2/4)
Cited text from a leaflet released by Quinlan Road.

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Deniz Aksen wrote me that the instrumental piece Tango to Evora has been adapted / arranged into Greek and Turkish music, and that it has been interpreted by very strong females voices on both sides of the Aegean Sea: in Greece by the renowned singer / businesswoman Harula (Haris Alexiou) and in Turkey by the renowned singer Nilufer.

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or directly to one of her CDs or videos on these pages:

[CD: Elemental] [CD: To drive the cold winter away] [CD: Parallel dreams] [CD: The visit] [CD: The mask and mirror] [CD: The book of secrets] [CD: An ancient muse] [CD: The wind that shakes the barley] [CD: Lost souls] [CD: The road back home]
[CD: A winter garden] [CD: A midwinter night's dream] [CD: Under a winter's moon] [CD: Live in San Francisco] [CD: Live in Paris and Toronto] [CD: A Mediterranean Odyssey] [CD: Troubadours on the Rhine] [CD: The journey so far] [CD: Live at the Royal Albert Hall] [CD: The mask and mirror Live] [video: No journey's end] [video: Nights from the Alhambra] [video: A moveable musical feast]

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