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Cathy L. from KERRVILLE, TX
Reviewed on 4/30/2007...
Celtic singers who sound like angels.
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Magick Girl | NY, NY United States | 10/12/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was the third CD I purchased by Anuna (the first being "Omnis" and the next, "Invocation", reviewed elsewhere on this sight) It encompasses a range of styles and moods which are all an integral part of Anuna's sound--from Medieval Latin text fragments to traditional Irish folk songs, to 19th century poetry set in elaborate and elegant contemporary choral arrangements by Anuna's composer/director, Michael McGlynn.Highlights on this CD include:
*Media Vita-a 10th century chant that will get your heart pumping!
*The Raid-a tale of Irish warriors raiding a Viking encampment
*Silent, O Moyle-a beautiful melody by Ireland's quintessential poet, Thomas Moore, retelling the fate of the Children of Llyr
*Fionnghuala-Scottish mouth music (or, as I like to refer to it,"Celtic Rap"!)
*The Blue Bird-also recorded by John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers, this version is more languid and emotive.For those listeners who are familiar with Anuna's beginnings with "Riverdance", this CD will serve as a satisfying introduction to the many other tonal flavours of Anuna. Not New Age, not Classical, not quite "traditional Irish"--the music of Anuna still begs for a category which has yet to be invented. There are other CD's available by this group--a web address in the CD jacket will point the way. Interestingly, this particular CD was re-recorded in 2001 with new singers and bonus tracks (but it is currently only available in Ireland). If you are interested in contemporary choral sounds with a Medieval Irish atmosphere, this CD will not disappoint.Enjoy!"
Amazonbombshell | USA | 01/02/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Anuna's debut album is quite impressive and full of pieces that are sometimes beautiful, sometimes moving, sometimes odd, almost always interesting. Tracks 1, 8, and 16 are particularly special: 1 for the driving beat (both percussion and voice) that leaves you with a certainty of impending excitement, 8 for its sweetness and simple beauty, and 16 for pure uniqueness. ANUNA is not as accomplished, nor as varied, nor as flowing as their later INVOCATION (1995), but if you're a fan of the group (wouldn't they be great live in a concert hall, say an old castle?) or of Irish music or chant, it's a great addition to your library."