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A Portrait Of Anonymous 4
Anonymous 4
A Portrait Of Anonymous 4
Genres: Special Interest, Classical
 
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This sampler album of excerpts from seven other Anonymous 4 releases is a good introduction for anyone who is unacquainted with the A4's startlingly pure singing and virtually celestial blend. But if you fall under the spe...  more »

      
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All Artists: Anonymous 4
Title: A Portrait Of Anonymous 4
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
Original Release Date: 1/1/1997
Re-Release Date: 4/10/1997
Album Type: Import
Genres: Special Interest, Classical
Styles: Opera & Classical Vocal, Historical Periods, Early Music
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 093046721022

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This sampler album of excerpts from seven other Anonymous 4 releases is a good introduction for anyone who is unacquainted with the A4's startlingly pure singing and virtually celestial blend. But if you fall under the spell of this outstanding a capella quartet, the present disc will become extraneous because you'll want to own the complete recordings from which it's drawn. If you prefer complete works to samplers, try taking the plunge with "An English Ladymass" or "On Yoolis Night." --Sarah Bryan Miller

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Member CD Reviews

Robert N. from CHICAGO, IL
Reviewed on 10/12/2006...
These four ladies have the loveliest voices bringing alive this inspiring medieval music. 21 pieces, including Ave maris stella, Venite omnes cristicole, portum in ultimo, There Is No Rose of Such Virtue,etc.

CD Reviews

Anonymous, but in no way generic
Anthony | Windsor, Connecticut USA | 02/04/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I learned about this quartet though a review in Stereophile magazine. Although they don't publish a lot of reviews, I've had exceptionally good luck with their past picks and have been able to branch out successfully in new musical directions as a result.These four women are virtuoso female vocalists, hauntingly pure of voice. They perform music from centuries ago in the same type of setting that it was originally performed in, with stunning results. I'm generally not one for "religious" material (this is the first recording of this nature I've ever bought), but this music goes so far back in time that it sounds more primal than Christian overall.A refreshing change when you're in the right mood, and something that can relax even you type A personalities out there (and you *know* who you are :) , I can suggest this one without reserve. You'll be adding a nice, quiet corner to your collection, and you'll probably wind up visiting it more than you ever imagined."
If Angels Ever Recorded A CD
Brian E. Erland | Brea, CA - USA | 03/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Four female voices have never blended together so perfectly and beautifully as do those of the 'Anonymous 4.' Their CD titled, 'Portrait' contains a selection of tracks from seven other previous CD's, kind of a "Best Of" you might say.

If angels ever came down from heaven to record a CD this is what they would sound like.

Harmonious, Celestial, Purifying and Eternal."