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Sometimes wrongly dismissed as a land only of ancient folk tunes and soggy ballads, Ireland is surprising many with the resurgence of a host of talented composers and performers in the contemporary music arena. Six composers represented here show the amazing variety and diversity of recent compositions. Mezzo-soprano Aylish Kerrigan is famed for her one-woman shows and performance of both contemporary Irish music and also German theatre music, she is particularly active in the world of contemporary art-song, as demonstrated here with her longstanding partner Dearbhla Collins.

For more modern music from Ireland see:
Gothic - new piano music MSV 28549
Dancing in Daylight - Piano Trios MSV 28556

Aylish Kerrigan will have two new albums in 2017 with vocal music by Schoenberg, Bodley, Ives and Cowell.


AUDIO SAMPLE: Mid-April (by Elaine Agnew)

dealer release date: November 18, 2016





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CD program:
Elaine Agnew:
April Awake
Seóirse Bodley:
After Great Pain
The Tightrope Walker Presents a Rose
Ina Boyle:
Three Songs by Walter de la Mare
Sleep Song
John Buckley:
I am Wind on Sea
Rhona Clarke:
...smiling like that ...
Anne-Marie O'Farrell:
The Hoopoe Song

review extracts: for full reviews click here

“ Impressively annotated, impeccably produced, neatly packaged.. Mezzo-soprano Aylish Kerrigan absolutely owns the material and has a solid, sensitive partner in Dearbhla Collins. The results: A sensational discovery of gems from  Irish art song writers.” – Rafael de Acha (Rafael Music Notes)

“This is a major conspectus of Irish Song... the disparity of styles and musical language is considerable. The sound quality of this CD is ideal with every detail being crystal clear. Aylish Kerrigan's distinctive voice, brings imagination, emotion and warmth to these varied songs. Dearbhla Collins' performance is always superb. Helpfully, the texts of these songs have been printed. This is an excellent release: all the songs are finely sung and splendidly accompanied. As noted above, there is surely something for everybody on this CD. Even the songs that did not immediately appeal to me, begin to work their enchantment after a couple of hearings.” - John France (MusicWeb)

“A fascinating array of poetic moods... the album is noteworthy for the way in which music and text are married to haunting effect. Kerrigan's mezzo is most convincing in its lower register, but she also has the ability to float some ethereal lines, and she is a master of dramatic delivery of text. Collins provides evocative sup­port on the piano with the crystalline clarity of her tone and the fluidity of her line. The sound on the CD is crisp, clear, and nuanced nicely. The packaging of the CD is commend­able, with complete texts, informative liner notes about each work and composer plus both performers. For fans of contemporary art song, this collection will be a welcome addition to their libraries.” - Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold (Fanfare)

“By contemporary we mean the last century or so and by Irish we don't mean songs about whisky in jars: while some parts of this CD are charming, others are more challenging. Interesting and not at all inaccessible, though some sections take some getting used to.” – Jeremy Condliffe (The Chronicle)