Grá agus Bás

  • Type: Music
  • By: Donnacha Dennehy
  • Age Category: Adults
  • Genre: Classical & Instrumental
  • Recommended by: Morgan D.
  • ISBN/UPC: 075597977271
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Moves traditional Irish sean-nos singing into a wildly energetic and modern sonic universe

I picked up Donnacha Dennehy’s Grá agus Bás for the second half of the disc: on it, the contemporary Irish composer has created gorgeous, unexpected song cycle based on poems by William Butler Yeats. I’d stumbled upon one arrangement I was fond of, and wanted to listen to the rest. They’re all lovely, by the way, but my recommendation is actually for the first track on this album, the twenty-five minute title piece (which translates from the Irish to “Love and Death”) performed by Dublin’s Crash Ensemble and singer Iarla O’Lionaird. Moving traditional Irish sean-nos singing into a wildly energetic and modern sonic universe, “Grá agus Bás” is an immersive and intense listening experience.