Issue 20 12/2001

FolkWorld CD Reviews


Alasdair Fraser & Paul Machlis "Legacy of the Scottish Fiddle, Vol. 1"
Label: Culburnie (Greentrax); CUL118D; 2001; Playing time: 59.50 min
The collaboration of fiddler Alasdair Fraser and pianist Paul Machlis is one of pure beauty and passion. Alasdair is probably the finest Scottish fiddler of today, and there seems to be no more appropriate, more perfect instrument to contribute to his fiddling than a piano - at least if it is played by a real master such as Paul Machlis. Alasdair Fraser and Paul Machlis have played together since the early eighties; their playing together is highly imaginative, very intimate and exact.
This recording, the first of a series, features classic tunes from13 of Scotland's finest composers of the past (such as Niel Gow, Captain Simon Fraser or James Scott Skinner), added by a few traditional tunes. Most of the tunes are quiet and calm, full of peaceful beauty. All tunes are perfectly presented, with a lot of feeling and skill. I really did enjoy this album.
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Michael Moll

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