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Agnus Dei 2: Music to Soothe the Soul

Agnus Dei 2 Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (June 16, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B000006Q25
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,691 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Adagio
2. Geistliches Lied, Op.30
3. Agnus Dei
4. Ave Verum Corpus
5. Libera Me
6. Ave Verum Corpus, Op. 65-1
7. Agnus Dei
8. Gott Ist Mein Hirt (Psalm 23)
9. Crucifixus A 8
10. Beatus Vir (Psalm 112)
11. Christus Factus Est (Philippians 2: 8-9)
12. Pie Jesu
13. Hear My Prayer, O Lord (Psalm 102, V. 1)
14. Ruht Wohl

Editorial Reviews

Building on the enormous success of the first Agnus Dei disc, its successor offers more of the same musical mood, but with a few surprises too. One of the hits of the first album was John Cameron's arrangement of Elgar's Nimrod, using the words of the Lux Aeterna. Here he really rolls his sleeves up and similarly tackles the Albinoni-Giazzoto Adagio (using the words of the Beatitudes) and the Intermezzo from Bizet's second L'Arlésienne Suite (using the text of the Agnus Dei). The role of the orchestra (the excellent ensemble Capricorn) has been expanded, and Edward Higginbottom himself has arranged a delicious string septet accompaniment to Brahms's Geistliches Lied. Much of the music is of the kind that the choir obviously eats for breakfast--which is not to say that they ever sound bland or tired, just at home. The one weak track is Monteverdi's Beatus Vir, which needs voices of more sophistication and agility than the boys can provide. That aside, this is another album that should do their reputation no harm. --Warwick Thompson

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome music - fidelity a bit lacking February 15, 1999
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The opening song "The Beatitudes" by Albinoni is incredibly moving, so much so that the other songs have a hard time comparing. Overall, excellent, although the fidelity could be greatly improved. I had to crank up my volume 30-40% higher to achieve a comparable volume and noticed some distortion (in the recording, not my system) that was a bit distracting. Still, an outstanding CD.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good choral CD, but . . . January 21, 2006
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Agnus Dei II is a really good choral CD with a more otherworldly sound than most choral offerings. But the first Agnus Dei is better, amazing really. Own both, but if you only want one, get the first one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could be better July 7, 2006
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After owning Agnus Dei I for years, and somehow misplacing the CD, I decided to buy both I and II from Amazon. Of the CD's, I is still my favorite. Agnus Dei II is a decent CD, but it doesn't have the fluidity or the dynamics that the first disk has. I guess I got spoiled with the first disk.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Music for the Season - whatever season that may be November 22, 2009
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For those who rely on the first AGNUS DEI album - 'Music of Inner Harmony' - to restore a sense of peace in moments when all seems to be out of focus, second album with the same forces of The Choir of New College, Oxford with Edward Higginbottom conducting will be a welcome addition. The major difference between the two albums is this second issue adds the musical group of instrumentalists called Capricorn instead of relaying on the organ as the sole accompaniment. It some ways this selection subtitled 'Music to Soothe the Soul' is less ethereal and more grounded.

Included are some very well performed works, including the 'Beatitudes', a choral setting of the well known Albinoni 'Adagio' by John Cameron, and the 'Ave Verum Corpus' of Gabriel Faure as well the 'Libera me' and 'Pie Jesu' from his Requiem. But when the small instrumental ensemble accompanies the 'Ruht Wohl' from Bach's St John Passion the paucity of sound from the instrumentalists is somehow matched by a less than committed sound from the chorus. The concept of continuing the mood of the first Agnus Dei album is solid though, and multiple listenings makes these small criticisms disappear. Grady Harp, November 09
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3.0 out of 5 stars Agnus Dei II is a little disappointing. May 9, 2013
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I found this CD to be rather disappointing. I'm not sure what the problem is but the sound, especially in the soprano line is very harsh and not at all soothing. Surprising, since "Agnus Dei I" is so beautiful and is by the same group. I wondered if it was recorded in a different space and perhaps just didn't record well.
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