Review: “Thistle Dew” by Christina Connell

Artist: Christina Connell
Album: Thistle Dew

If you’re looking for some traditional Scottish music, you’re in for a treat here. On Thistle Dew, Christina Connell has collected a number of traditional Scottish tunes and given them a symphonic twist. The result is a pleasant collection of upbeat music that sounds a bit like Enya’s music without the singing.

That’s not to say it’s all honey-sweet though. Since it’s Scottish music, drums are present as well (for instance on Campbell’s Farewell to Redcastle), but the symphonic arrangements make sure that the music maintains a certain calmness, making this CD very easy on the ears. It’s really like being taken on a relaxing trip to Scotland, as the CD’s subtitle A Symphonic Journey to Scotland implies.

This particular recording does have one drawback, however. While Christina Connell’s musical prowess is unmistakable, some of the supporting instruments sound a bit cheap, as if their sounds were produced by a synthesizer. I can’t help but feel that a re-recording with a proper orchestra, which is probably the way it was meant to be played, would make this music really stand out. Such a re-recording would be a well-deserved tribute to Christina Connell, and definitely a pleasure to listen to. As it is, Thistle Dew is still good – like a diamond in the rough.

Jan Jacob Mekes has a passion for history, writing, and writing history (and music, of course). He runs an online cultural magazine, Cultural Zest. You can read more examples of his writings on his portfolio. Jan also writes reviews for Marc Gunn’s Celtic MP3s Music Magazine.

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