Finnegans Wake – Patrick Ball

Finnegans Wake - Patrick Ball Artist: Patrick Ball
Album: Finnegans Wake
Release Date: July 2, 1997
Duration: 02:30:38
Genre: New Age, International
Styles: Celtic, Irish Folk, Solo Instrumental
Recording Location: Drasin Studios, Oakland, CA; Stakadder, Studios, Sebastopol, CA

A remarkable outing from Patrick Ball, who here places the accent firmly on his storyteller’s talents as he reads excerpts from James Joyce’s complex and controversial Finnegans Wake. The excerpts are framed and supported by Ball’s Celtic harp playing, which provides a seductive transition. The reading is splendid, drawing out the poetic and musical elements of Joyce’s text and providing the reader with new insights into ways of approaching the novel (which works best, it seems, when read aloud.) The accompanying booklet is a piece of work in itself. A breathtaking two-CD set.

Title/Composer Performer Time
River Run / Patrick Ball / James Joyce Patrick Ball 23:36
Good Mr. Finnimore / Patrick Ball / James Joyce Patrick Ball 16:11
Shem / Patrick Ball / James Joyce Patrick Ball 16:08
O Tell Me All / Patrick Ball / James Joyce Patrick Ball 15:12

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