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Auld lang syne

First line:
Should old acquaintance be forgot
traditional Scottish
author of text

For decades, on these islands, the passage from the old to the new year at midnight has been celebrated by singing Robert Burns’ poem. This was first printed in 1788 although the author himself acknowledged that its origins lie in an earlier Scots-language ballad printed in 1711 by James Wilson. In this graceful arrangement, we hear the standard English version of the text set to a traditional Scottish melody. Sopranos and altos predominate in the four verses, sometimes in unison and, at times, underpinned by a Scottish-sounding drone. In contrast, the chorus is richly sung by the full complement of voices.

from notes by Máire Egan-Buffet © 2020


Be all merry
Studio Master: SIGCD643Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 14 on SIGCD643 [3'52] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD643 track 14

Recording date
1 March 2020
Recording venue
Blackrock College, County Dublin, Ireland
Recording producer
Nigel Short
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
Hyperion usage
  1. Be all merry (SIGCD643)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: October 2020
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