Sounds of the Highlands: Traditional Scottish Music

Listen: Hear the Ensemble Ferintosh

Listen: Hear Fiddler Alasdair Fraser, pianist Muriel Johnstone and cellist Natalie Haas

Listen: Hear the Chris Norman Ensemble

As part of a continuing series on the cross currents between traditional music and classical music, Performance Today explores the music of Scotland. Fiddler Alasdair Fraser, pianist Muriel Johnstone and cellist Natalie Haas play a collection of 18th century Scottish fiddle tunes.

Then the ensemble Ferintosh — cellist Abby Newton, harpist Kim Robertson and violinist David Greenberg play the "Ferintosh" set — a strathspey and two reels. A short piece called "The Virgin's Bower" by James Oswald follows and Ferintosh closes with a medley called "Are You Sleeping, Maggie?"

For one last bit of Scottish music, the Chris Norman Ensemble joins NPR's Fred Child in Studio 4A. We hear two short sets from this quintet. In the first, they play four 16th century French tunes. The second set is a pair of movements from a Sonata by John Reid.

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