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Drawing from early Christian women's chants of the Middle East, Vox, a two-person collaboration between vocalist Fadia El-Hage and composer Vladimir Ivanoff, centers on the regal tones of El-Hage, this time interpreting an... more »
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Drawing from early Christian women's chants of the Middle East, Vox, a two-person collaboration between vocalist Fadia El-Hage and composer Vladimir Ivanoff, centers on the regal tones of El-Hage, this time interpreting ancient feminist tracts from the 4th and 5th centuries, before women were banned from liturgical singing. Many of the songs have Arabic, Jewish, and Christian roots, perfectly suited to El-Hage's Lebanese and operatically trained voice. Religions and traditions blur in this fascinating 10-track collection, fusing some familiar religious dogmas with those of early Maronitic and Melkitic faiths of the ancient Middle Eastern churches. Ivanoff's synthesized arrangements are augmented at times rather strongly by electric guitar, but it is El-Hage's intense and spiritual voice that draws the listener like a moth to a sanctified flame. --Derek Rath
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An Amazing recording... beyond sublime
firstname.lastname@example.org | New York City | 02/22/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"From the very first note to the last, this CD will take you on an enchanting and trance inducing trip. The vocals of Fadia El Hage are amazing. This is a talent to watch very closely. I just hit the repeat button on my player everytime I play this CD... over and over again. Lighting candles while listening helps...enjoy"
Mmmmmmmmmmmm MAGICKAL & Enchanting..!
Raven Digitalis | Missoula, MT United States | 07/11/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ah this CD is hot. Beautiful, transcendental VOX (as in Vocals.) hehe.. great magickal musick. Keep in mind that Early-Christian was in fact quite Pagan; as Witches and such did not begin to be put to death and torture until after 1000 C.E. Anyway.. I thought this was the band VAS (with Azam Ali on vox [vocals]); the Middle Eastern style is VERY similar. If you like this, you would ADORE "Feast of Silence" by Vas.
Rodni | NJ United States | 08/23/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The CD was amazing and it reminded me of Sunday school for I learned some of these hyms in church (Antiochan Orthodox). The history behind these chants is ancient (Byzantine Empire) and reflects on the rich mosaic cultures of the Near East."