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|Noirin Ni Riain, Irish Traditional, Christmas Traditional|
The Virgin's Lament (Caoineadhi Na Maighdine)
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Classical
The union between the well-respected Irish singer Nóirín Ní Riain and the monks of Glenstal is a perfect one. Ní Riain's lovely soprano tenderly chimes over the monks' deeper vocal blanket as they sing medieval Celtic reli... more »
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The union between the well-respected Irish singer Nóirín Ní Riain and the monks of Glenstal is a perfect one. Ní Riain's lovely soprano tenderly chimes over the monks' deeper vocal blanket as they sing medieval Celtic religious songs in the sean nos or "old style" tradition--subtly varying enunciation and tempo. Singing in Gaelic and Latin Gregorian plainchant, Ní Riain delicately wavers and flies throughout Limerick's Glenstal Abbey, creating an angelic and purely holy atmosphere. On closer listen, it's actually the Glenstal monks who occasionally have trouble keeping up with Ní Riain's vocal mastery--though their lower, male voices provide a refreshing, grounding counterpart to her delicate, high tone. The last track, "The Blessed Virgin's Keening," offers a particular highlight of the extraordinary call-and-response littered throughout this album. One of the Glenstal monks takes the solo male vocal and the result is a lovely, repetitive, masslike conclusion to the CD. Ní Riain has also authored books on Celtic culture and Gregorian chant. --Karen Karleski
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Karl L. from NEWPORT BEACH, CA
Reviewed on 10/31/2009...
Absolutely heavenly soprano, singing in chapel!
As an aside, this may be useful when trading: I almost rejected a copy I received as defective, but apparently it is in all copies - I went to lala.com and confirmed the same sounds occurred there, in the same places. On track 1, there is a crackling sound at 0:31, 1:34, and 2:47. It is in the left channel only. Do not reject a disc for this, since it is apparently in all copies.
Exquisite Gaelic plainsong
M. J. Smith | Seattle, WA USA | 06/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The 11 1/2 minute final track - "The Blessed Virgin's Keening" - is sufficient justification for this album. The monks of Glenstal are superb in this antiphonal (call & response) plainsong sung in Gaelic. It is repetitive but never boring as there are constantly subtle changes keeping the listener's interest. "Mary's Keening" which begins the album is a perfect counterpoint to the final piece. "The Seven Sorrows of the Virgin Mary" is probably the most recognized piece on the album - and again an excellent rendition. There are no poor tracks - give this a listen and I'm sure you'll want an encore."
M. J. Smith | 07/30/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The music is beautiful and lulling, and her voice is pure and feminine in a hauntingly lovely way. I found this music to be spiritually inspirational and utterly peaceful. I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys Celtic music, Gregogorian chants, spiritual music, or a pure soprano voice."