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Ancient Irish
songs about sleep -
heard by
HOWARD SMITH

'... conspicuous authenticity.'

Sleepsongs- Caitríona O'Leary and Dúlra. © 2014 Heresy Records

Sleepsongs is an album of Suantraíancient Irish lullabies and songs on the theme of sleep. Suantraí, along with Geantraí (songs of joy and happiness) and Goltraí (laments) comprise the three strands of traditional song in Irish mythology.

Caitríona O'Leary's first recording was as the Second (mezzo) Woman in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas (1689) with I Musici di San Cassiano, featuring American conductor/harpsichordist Bradley Brookshire (Vox Classics, 1994).

The following three recordings, all on BMG/Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, were Saints — Sequentia (1996), Shining Light — Sequentia (1996) and Aquitania — Sequentia (1997)...

Copyright © 10 September 2014 Howard Smith,
Masterton, New Zealand

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SLEEPSONGS - CAITRÍONA O'LEARY AND DÚLRA

IRELAND

VOCAL MUSIC

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