Issue 20 12/2001
FolkWorld CD Reviews
Alasdair Fraser & Paul Machlis "Legacy
of the Scottish Fiddle, Vol. 1"
(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.
Alasdair Fraser's Website: www.alasdairfraser.com
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