Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Ron Gonnella: Fiddles and Ron Gonnella: Stradivarius

Ron Gonnella Plays the Fiddles of Gow, Marshall and Skinner (Ross Records WGR 028, 1982)

01 Introduction by Duke of Atholl
02 Niel Gow's Fiddle/Duke of Atholl's Reel/Mrs MacDouall Grant
03 Niel Gow's Lamentation for Abercairney
04 Sir Walter Scott/Pennycuik House
05 MacPherson's Lament
06 The Countess of Dalhousie/Admiral Nelson's Hornpipe
07 Cam Ye By Atholl/Here Awa There Awa Wandering Willie/Bessie Bell and Mary Gray/Flora MacDonald's Lament
08 Niel Gow's Lament for the Death of his Second Wife
09 The White Cockade/Mount Stewart House/Miss Mary Douglas
10 The Duchess Tree/The Kirrie Kebbuck/E M Ross's Welcome to Kiltarlity Cottage
11 Miss laura Andrew/The Laird of Drumblair/Bonnie Banchory
12 Ashton Gonnella of Shreveport, Louisiana/Loius Gonnella of Muirhead
13 Ron Gonnella's Homage to the Gows, Marshall and Skinner
14 Miss Gordon of Park/Miss Hannah's Jig
15 Lament for Sir Harry Niven Lumsden
16 Capt Cameron's Volunteer's March/The Marchioness of Huntly's Jig/Craigellachie Lasses
17 Mrs Major Stewart of the Island of Java/The Deil Among the Mantua Makers

Ron Gonnella: fiddles
Iain MacPhail: accordion
John Gibson: piano
Graham Robb: double bass

An intriguing concept, this: Ron Gonnella plays the compositions of Niel Gow and his family on Gow's own fiddle, the compositions of William Marshall on his own fiddle, and James Scott Skinner compositions on one of the fiddles belonging to the 'Strathspey King'. The music is first class - Gonnella in his prime - and I believe this is a rather special album. 



The Scottish Sound of Ron Gonnella Playing a Stradivarius (AB 003-D, 1984)

01 Morrison's Academy Anniversary March
02 Caller Herring
03 Crieff Hydro March/Castles In the Air/Flowers of Edinburgh
04 Cradle Song/Marchfield Brae
05 Bert Gonella's/Lizzie Duncan's/Alex and Hazel Barbour/Happy May the Pair Be
06 Dundee/Dunfermline
07 General Baillie/Miss Lyall/Black Jock of Skellater
08 Cape Breton March/Herbie MacLeod's Hornpipe/Aldridge's Hornpipe
09 Miss Sandra Webster/Evelyn Murray of Cambridge Mass
09 The Bonnie Lass o' Bon Accord
11 Ae Fond Kiss/Rev Archibald Minto's Farewell to St Andrew's/Gallaton
12 Durrisdeer
13 Queen's Welcome to Invercauld/The Miller o' Dervil/Gibson's Whisky
14 Bovaglie's Plaid/Milladen/Miss Rattray

Ron Gonnella: fiddles
George Donald: piano
Graham Robb: double bass

More vintage Gonnella. To me the Strad angle is unimportant - the music is what it's about.




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  3. I'm always interested in Strad played by excellent players. Ron Gonella is wonderful, and I had never heard of him doing a Stradivarius album. Is there a small chance of this one coming back?