Riverdance 25th Anniversary: Music From The Show Bill Whelan

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Label: Decca Gold

Genre: World Music

Subgenre: Worldbeat

Interpret: Bill Whelan

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  • 1Reel Around The Sun06:25
  • 2The Heart’s Cry02:30
  • 3The Countess Cathleen/Women Of The Sidhe04:54
  • 4Caoineadh Cú Chulainn05:17
  • 5Firedance06:04
  • 6Shivna03:42
  • 7Slip Into Spring/The Harvest06:05
  • 8Riverdance05:42
  • 9American Wake (The Nova Scotia Set)03:09
  • 10Lift The Wings04:26
  • 11Trading Taps04:44
  • 12Macedonian Morning02:59
  • 13Marta’s Dance/The Russian Dervish04:36
  • 14Andalucía04:22
  • 15Traditional Set02:02
  • 16Heartland03:32
  • 17Home And The Heartland03:16
  • Total Runtime01:13:45

Info zu Riverdance 25th Anniversary: Music From The Show

Celebrated around the world for its Grammy-Award winning score, thrilling energy, and passion of its Irish and international dance, this release is a powerful and stirring reinvention of a cultural fan-favourite. Twenty-five years on, composer Bill Whelan has re-recorded his mesmerizing soundtrack while producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan have completely reimagined the ground-breaking show with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, stage, and costume designs.

Riverdance began its journey as the interval act in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, produced for television by Moya Doherty. This electrifying and innovative seven-minute dance piece was then developed into a full-length stage show by producer Moya Doherty, composer Bill Whelan, and Director John McColgan. With its fusion of Irish and International music and dance, the show broke all box office records during its world premiere run in Dublin in early 1995. When the show transferred to London, the reaction was unprecedented. There followed a hugely successful tour starting in New York in March 1996, where 8 sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall heralded the start of two decades of touring by Riverdance companies throughout North America.

Bill Whelan
has worked extensively in theatre and film. He was appointed composer to the W.B. Yeats International Theatre Festival at Ireland's National Abbey Theatre in 1989, writing original music for 15 Yeats plays. His adaptation of HMS Pinafore received a Laurence Olivier Award nomination. His compositional work in film includes original scores for Dancing At Lughnasa starring Meryl Streep, Some Mother's Son starring Helen Mirren and Lamb starring Liam Neeson. Music for television includes The Seven Ages, Sean Ó Mordha's history of the Irish State.

The Seville Suite was his first large scale orchestral work, commissioned for Ireland's National Day at Expo '92 in Seville. The Spirit Of Mayo followed in 1993. The Connemara Suite, a trilogy of pieces written for chamber orchestra, premiered in Carnegie Hall in March 2005. The world premiere of the Riverdance Symphonic Suite, performed by the RTE Concert Orchestra, took place at the National Concert Hall in Dublin in May 2012 and the work travels to the BBC Proms in August 2014. Recent works include a new flute concerto for Sir James Galway, Linen and Lace, with first performances in Dublin and Limerick in June 2014 and at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago in July.

His many production and arranging credits include U2, Van Morrison, Kate Bush, Richard Harris and Planxty. He has written and recorded a new composition with the classical violinist Vanessa-Mae. He has just completed a project with Berklee College of Music in Boston which is being developed into an album.

Bill was honoured with the 1997 Grammy Award for 'Best Musical Show Album' for his Riverdance CD. The album is a certified Platinum record in the US, Ireland and Australia. Riverdance The Show has been seen live by more than 25 million people and by a television audience of nearly 2 billion and celebrates its 20th anniversary with an international tour in 2014.

Bill holds two honorary Doctorates and was awarded a fellowship by the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He is a member of the Boards of Berklee College of Music, The University of Limerick and Ireland's National Music Education Programme - Music Generation. Bill Whelan was recently appointed adjunct Professor to Trinity College Dublin's School of Drama, Film and Music.

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