I attended the "Mask and Mirror" AND the "Book of Secrets" concerts in Toronto back in the late 90s /early 2000...RAPTURE. I was completely transported; it was like being in another world; the venue (Massey Hall)and the music was like something out of a DREAM; my friend and I actually CRIED when the concert was over!
But that being said, I will remark that the LAST concert of hers I saw [again, at Massey Hall; "An Ancient Muse", I think] was an UNMITIGATED DISASTER.The reason: Loreena included a ROCK DRUMMER in her musician lineup...and it was AWFUL. The horrid pounding and banging and CRASHING gave me a MIGRAINE, and to say that THIS particular concert was "not up to standard" is in the nature of a GROSS UNDERSTATEMENT. (WHAT WAS SHE THINKING!!!)
If I wanted to hear "rock drummers" I would have gone to a ROCK CONCERT. As it was, even the music was AWFUL; I had a musician friend with me, and afterwards she said "Too bad they didn't play "The Mummers' Dance" I turned to her and said "They DID play it!. You just didn't recognize it, it was played so BADLY!" And it was TRUE. She had thought the concert 'not so bad' but once I said that about the "Mummers' Dance" she conceded that it had in fact been a TOTAL FIASCO,and a HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT, compared to the other concert we had seen!
I tell you: I was REAL, REAL disillusioned,I even thought "If THIS is the direction Loreena is going in with her music, well, "you can include me out"! I can get "crashy-bangy" crap music ANYWHERE!"
I even sent a e-mail of COMPLAINT to Quinlan Road, and got a sort of snippy reply essentially telling me that this "rock drummer" thing was in the nature of "musical innovation" and basically, that if I didn't like it, well, too bad for me!
That was even WORSE. "Musical innovation" is when you do things that NO ONE ELSE is doing, not when you incorporate something that is as "common as mud"; it looked more to me like "sellout to commercial interests" rather than any "musical innovation" that I had ever seen! After this obnoxious reply, I basically wrote Loreena and her music off; obviously she was "selling out" and any sort of "constructive criticism' was not welcome or wanted. Big Business: 1, Artistic Integrity: 0
But, I have listened to this latest offering [the Celtic music] and to my GREAT RELIEF the music is EXACTLY what I have come to expect from Loreena, and NOT A ROCK DRUMMER TO BE HEARD ANYWHERE! >wipes brow<
(The ONLY thing I could suggest as an "improvement" is MORE penny whistle; I LOVE the Irish penny whistle, so moving and evocative, it always brings tears to my eyes!)
Welcome back, the Loreena musical style I LOVE so much!