on June 6, 2006
This is a pretty unexpected treat for any lover of choral music or Celtic music! The quality of the singing is amazing, particularly from Lucy Champion on "The Sea" and "Blackthorn" - she leaves so many of these celtic-type female vocalists standing at the starter's gate. I bought this based on the reviewes, and I have not had it off my turntable since. An "essential" purchase.
on May 5, 2007
As in all Anuna's recordings, there is an electric, otherworldly quality throughout which is due to Michael McGlynn's extraordinarily appealing writing, the mix of influences (early music, traditional Irish folk music, and contemporary minimalist composers such as Arvo Part), and the uniquely transparent ensemble sound which stems from a specially formulated blend of classically trained singers and more "raw" sounding voices from Celtic/folk backgrounds.
Of particular note are "Nobilis Humilis" which is an incredibly complex multi-layered choral piece with cluster harmony built from a medieval conductus, "Blackthorn" with a gorgeous soprano solo and harp accompaniment, and "Island", which is a stunning masterpiece highlighted with McGlynn's unearthly clear tenor voice.
on October 10, 2012
This CD is my favorite Anuna album. genuinely believe that this one, originally released as long ago as 1996, is way ahead of its time. The title track is disconcerting and eerie, introducing us to one vision after another. I'm not sure why anyone would complain about this not being Irish. What does that mean? Narrow views create narrow music. This is wide and expansive, followed closely in atmosphere by their later record "Sensation". Beautiful music indeed.