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DAN TRUEMAN/ IARLA O LIONAIRD: Olagon, A Cantata in Doublespeak – Dan Trueman, fiddle/ Iarla O Lionaird, vocals/ Eighth Blackbird – Cedille 

DAN TRUEMAN/ IARLA O LIONAIRD: Olagon, A Cantata in Doublespeak – Dan Trueman, fiddle/ Iarla O Lionaird, vocals/ Eighth Blackbird – Cedille 

They should put a warning label on this: Listen to the end! DAN TRUEMAN/ IARLA O LIONAIRD: Olagon, A Cantata in Doublespeak – Dan Trueman, fiddle/ Iarla O Lionaird, vocals/ Eighth Blackbird – Cedille CDR 90000 174 (2 CDs), 91:09 [Distr. by Naxos] *****: I almost made a tremendous mistake after hearing the first track to this disc; I almost decided not to review it, for the cut, titled “Pillow Talk” seemed pseudo folksy, banal, and just not very interesting. A whole two discs of this did not entice me. What a terrible blunder that would have been! For the entire work, with its mélange of varied and skillful compositional techniques and styles (though that word must not be taken in too fundamentalist a manner) proves a riveting and thoroughly engaging experience OLAGÓN Cantata? Maybe. But not the way you are used to hearing. Instead the term refers more to a strictly organizational form than anything of a consistent “sameness”. There are instrumental interludes, as we might hope for considering Eighth Blackbird is involved, and the “style” (see above) for each separate piece is dictated solely by the inspiration of the moment as found in the particularities of the text. […]