The Fair Hills or Eire: Irish Airs and Dances


David Quigley piano

HTGCD 152 – 5060332662722

1 CD

Pianist, David Quigley, performs a selection of traditional airs and dances from his native Ireland in imaginative arrangements by a diverse group of composers, from John Field to Amy Beach. Also included is a newly commissioned work by Irish composer, Philip Martin. Many of the tracks appear on disc for the first time while others are re-introduced to the catalogue after an absence of several years. The release will appeal to a broad range of listeners including those interested in the music of the British Isles and piano aficionados alike.

John Field Go to the Devil and Shake Yourself

Stephen Hough Londonderry Air (Danny Boy)

Michele Esposito 'Avenging and Bright' and 'Though the Last Glimpse of Erin’ (The Coulin) from Two Irish Melodies Op.39

Charles Stanford/Percy Grainger 'Maguire's Kick' and 'A Reel' from Four Irish Dances

Swan Hennessey Variations sur un Air Irlandais Ancien, Op.28

Philip Martin Sionna, Spirit of the Shannon

Sydney Smith The Last Rose of Summer, Paraphrase de concert, Op.173

Philip Hammond 'Old Truagh' and 'The Beardless Boy' from Miniatures and Modulations

Amy Beach The Fair Hills of Éire, O!, Op.91

Ernest Moeran 'Irish Love Song' and 'The White Mountain' (The Star of the County Down) from Two Folksong Arrangements


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    ‘This hugely appealing disc is a real treat for pianophiles and aficionados of the noble art of folksong transcription.’ Chris Rice, Records International

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    ‘Irish virtuoso pianist David Quigley here offers 14 concert pieces based on folk tunes from his home country………Brilliant playing, attractive melodies and fantastic variety makes this an hour or so of thoroughly enticing listening.’ Alan Cooper, British Music Society

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    ‘This remarkable new CD of Irish airs and dances……..David Quigley’s playing is enthusiastic and thoughtful, complimented by the superb sound quality……..This is a splendid album of arrangements, transcriptions, re-imaginings and variation. It all adds up to an evocative musical portrait of the Island of Ireland.’ John France, Musicweb International

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    ‘Quigley is as committed to the music of his homeland as have been numerous of his predecessors, not only with performing these pieces in recital but also by finding ways of integrating them into a cohesive overall programme. Only one achieves (just) the 10-minute mark and another is almost eight minutes, making them ideal for combining into a judicious sequence – one which, at little more than an hour’s length, can be enjoyed at a single hearing. Quigley will hopefully have the chance to mine the ‘Irish piano-book’ further in due course.’ Richard Whitehouse, Arcana.FM

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