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Bill Collins and Nina Zanetti | The Sum of the Parts

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Folk: Appalachian Folk Folk: Irish Traditional Moods: Instrumental
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The Sum of the Parts

by Bill Collins and Nina Zanetti

Mountain dulcimer solos and duets.
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hector the Hero
2:23 album only
2. The Londonderry Air
3:08 album only
3. Mother's Tongue/The Ancients Song of Mourning/How My Soul Is Now
4:40 album only
4. Cool Water
2:30 album only
5. Hewlett/Fanny Power
3:26 album only
6. Kean O'Hara/George Brabazon
3:11 album only
7. Mary's Dream
3:45 album only
8. Castle of Dromore
2:46 album only
9. Will Ye No' Come Back Again/Annie Laurie
2:34 album only
10. Priscilla's Waltz/Loft Mountain Waltz/Gratitude Waltz
4:27 album only
11. Lady Athenry/Loftus Jones
3:53 album only
12. Mrs. Judge
3:08 album only
13. Suo Gan
3:33 album only
14. Thomas Leixlip the Proud
2:21 album only
15. Blue Bells of Scotland/When the Saints Go Marching In
2:25 album only
16. Rage in the Rain
2:35 album only
17. Once Upon a Time
2:29 album only
18. Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
2:53 album only
19. Skye Boat Song
3:35 album only
20. Shenandoah
3:40 album only
21. Hyfrydol
3:46 album only
22. All Through the Night
3:15 album only


Album Notes
Bill and Nina met at a mountain dulcimer festival in 2004 and began exchanging musical concepts and arrangements. They discovered that they bring a similar approach to the dulcimer and share an admiration for certain kinds of tunes. This CD features 70 minutes of solos and duets played on standard, baritone, and bass dulcimers. A few months after the album\'s release, Nina was awarded the 2008 National Mountain Dulcimer Championship at the prestigious competition in Winfield, Kansas.

\"...Simply one of the finest instrumental recordings I\'ve had the joy of experiencing...a glorious celebration of how wonderful this instrument can sound, and how it can sing, in the hands of two sensitive and skilled musicians with huge hearts for music...The music ranges from Celtic, to Shaker anthems, to Broadway, to original compositions.\" (unsolicited review by El McMeen)



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Ken Longfield

Musical Delight
Bill Collins and Nina Zanetti provide a patchwork quilt of mountain dulcimer music in this album. Stitched together are pieces that present a variety of sweet music yet blend comfortably together. This is an album one can listen to all day and never tire of hearing. You can tell that Bill and Nina enjoy the music they play. Mountain dulcimer players will have their horizon stretched and be encouraged to explore the intricacies of the instrument by listening to The Sum of the Parts. If I were allowed only one mountain dulcimer album to take with me to a desert island, this would be the one.


A feast for the ears and heart
At a recent dulcimer festival, Bill and Nina played “Hector the Hero,” the first song on this album. After they finished, there was a moment of hush before the applause as the audience just let the beauty of their music sink in. I recognized the audience’s awe because it is similar to the way my husband and I often react when we listen to this gorgeous album. Many times we have exclaimed simultaneously, “Beautiful!” after one of the selections has ended.

But as beautiful as the individual songs are, with this lovely CD, the whole is definitely greater than the sum of the parts. It is like a fancy 7-course meal. Each “part” is beautiful, but the experience of the whole is most satisfying and complete. It is truly a feast for the ears and the heart.

Nina’s playing is not only technically excellent and intricate, but also soothing and uplifting. Her harmonies and inner voices are captivating. There is a lovely sense of motion/movement in each of her arrangements. There is something very “organic” about the way she plays and intimate about listening to her. It feels like she and the dulcimer are one.

Bill is a very skilled technician and there is a wonderful variety and aesthetic completeness about his music. In many cases, I feel as though I am listening to a harpsichord—so simple, elegant, and clean is his playing. Bill’s playing has a masculine feel about it—very crisp and strong, and sometimes almost flamenco (“Rage in the Rain” comes to mind). . And yet, there is a softer side and depth to his music, and Nina and Bill blend beautifully.

It is easy to tell that they both love this music. They make their listeners love it too!

Mack Johnston

The SUm of the Parts
Love this album! Beautiful playing, beautiful, lyrical expression.