2011, The Ó Riada Anniversary Year
The year 2011 marks special anniversaries for the great composer Seán Ó Riada.
• August marks the 80th anniversary of his birth
• October marks the 40th anniversary of his death, at the early age of 40.
To celebrate his rich musical legacy, Gael Linn has produced a magnificent collection of 3 CDs encased in a 40 page souvenir hard covered book. Entitled Seoda an Riadaigh /
The Essential Collection, the collection contains the very best of Ó Riada’s works for orchestra and for his group Ceoltóirí Chualann.
CD 1 contains music from the Irish history films Mise Éire, Saoirse and An Tine Bheo, in addition to other shorter films.
CD 2 contains the best of Ceoltóirí Chualann drawn from their many albums, including the famous Ó Riada sa Gaiety.
CD 3 contains the music score for the film The Playboy of the Western World (1962). Originally released as an LP and long out of print, this beautiful film music, played by Ceoltóirí Chualann, is available here on CD for the first time.