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2004 album from the ethereal Lisa Gerrard & award winning Irish composer Patrick Cassidy who is known for his traditional and mythological orchestral music. Ten tracks. 4AD.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 26, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: January 20, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4AD Ltd
  • ASIN: B0000D1C6T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,068 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's a beautiful cd, her voice is captivating.
Kari
I go from chills to tears to extremely vunerable places within when I listen to Immortal Memory.
Ean O'Reilly
Some music is best listened to intently, with anything else done during that time incidental.
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74 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Aranion on May 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Some music is best listened to intently, with anything else done during that time incidental. Some music is best listened to while focused on other activities.
"Immortal Memory" is firmly in the second category.
That should not be taken as a negative criticism. To some degree, much of the music Lisa Gerrard has created (or participated in) seems custom-made for background or secondary focus. Of all the CDs she's made, this seems to be that more so than any other.
However, there is a sweeping, haunting quality to the CD that paradoxically emerges when it's in the background. Lisa's voice has always had an otherworldly quality to it, whether she's singing in a "real" language or in her own private glossiola. The slow swelling of the strings and synths on these songs act almost as sister currents to the stream of Lisa's singing, fluidly though deliberately pouring into your ears.
Let me share how this CD has hit me two ways: initial listen, and then "applied" listen.
My initial listen was right after purchasing the CD, and I listened intently, thoughts and attention really focused on the music. I was mostly disappointed, a bit bored, and not enthused. The CD went onto the shelf, and sat there for a while.
My "applied" listen was recent. A late night drive into the country, to see the stars, contemplate the state of my life, and perhaps even some soul-searching prayer....and I wasn't sure what (if anything) I wanted to have playing in the car stereo. I grabbed "Immortal Memory" with a handful of other CDs. "Immortal" turned out to be the perfect soundtrack to a night spent counting the stars and looking inward.
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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful By B. Niedt on August 17, 2004
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Fans expecting a revival of Dead Can Dance, or even the exotic stylings of Lisa Gerrard's solo releases, may be in for a disappointment. This recording is closer to her soundtrack work, and perhaps even closer to the "new sacred" music of composers like John Tavener. I am not sure if Patrick Cassidy is part of that group, but the influence of his arrangements here certainly evokes that type of music - meditative, church-influenced, vocally rich and luxurious with strings. My only previous exposure to his work was a few selections on the Windham Hill "Celtic Christmas" collections. (His "Lament" on "Celtic Christmas 3" is one of the saddest and most beautiful compositions I've ever heard.) The teaming with Lisa Gerrard is effective, and several of the compositions here, by themselves, are quite beautiful, including "Sailing to Byzantium" and the sublime closing track, "Psallit in Aure Dei". The problem is, an hour of this is a bit much - I found my interest flagging by the middle of the CD - and dare I say it - I even found it a bit boring. There is really no variation of mood throughout the recording - it is all quite somber, even funereal. Do I recommend it? Yes, I still do, because of the quality of the work. But be forewarned, it may be a bit tough to listen to all the way through.
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By o dubhthaigh VINE VOICE on January 22, 2004
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Lisa Gerard's latest, this time with fellow Irish composer Patrick Cassidy, is one of the most hauntingly beautiful CDs I have heard since Robert Fripp's BLESSING OF TEARS. Beginning with the Arameic "Maranatha" the tones are set in her cross cultural exploration of what provokes the soul to contemplate its fate. The art work throughout the booklet augments the music as few other graphic designs ever do. Much as John Miller's work captured an essential visual in Robert Fripp's Soundscapes, so to does the imaginative use of film and superimposed images work for Gerrard.
A quotation from Yeats, the Aramaic transcription of "The Lord's Prayer", a couple of poems and a few lines from Milton resound powerfully through the layers of soundscapes that Cassidy and Gerrard sculpt. In many ways, her spiritual power puts me in mind of Rautavaara and John Taverner. There is both a Baltic and Byzantine influence that weaves seamlessly with her very powerful Celtic spirituality.
I would imagine that this is a deeply personal effort for both of them, particulaly Cassidy, who comes from an enormously influential family of musicians. His Gaelic speaking cousins, Na Cassaidaigh, reset the bar dramatically for Gaelic song in the 80's and 90's and were in no small measure among the artists, including Andy Irvine, who were unceremoniuosly and uncreditedly pinched by Riverdance. No matter, this is light years away from Radio City Music Hall. This music of deep solitude that reverberates in those quiet moments when your guard drops, a slight disturbance in the calm reflection, suggests that something ineffable in your life has changed.
If you have admired Gerrard's work with Brendan Perry in Dead Can Dance, or her soundtracks for such movies as "The Insider", you will get blown away by this incredible disc. Put this and Habib Koite's FOLY CD on your must have list this year - for very different muisc, but absolutely artists at the peak of their powers.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Greg Hills on March 25, 2004
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I don't know how Lisa does it, but she does...who else comes anywhere near to sounding the way she does? This must be because she sings from the center of a very calm place.
Those who don't get it, who are critical of this cd, who had expectations of it being something else--well, balderdash. Is there something wrong, incorrect, with an artist evolving? Is an artist not permitted to grow, change, to soar? Must it be another "Cantara" or "Host of Seraphim"?
Can the sublime not appear in newer forms?
Lisa, of course, shows that it can. This music is from the spirit, hers, to the spirit, yours. Forget the rest. Again, forget the rest. Spirit to spirit, it's that simple, that direct.
(The title of "artist," by the way, has become so cheapened in our society. Listen to Lisa Gerrard to be reminded of what one really is.)
The sixth song alone, "Abwoon," (Our Lord's Prayer, sung in Aramaic no less!) is reason enough to own this cd and to cherish it. It is unique, as gifts of the spirit are. For my part, if I make it to a Heaven this will be the one song that eternally surrounds me. I cannot fathom, in a lifetime, what it must be like to create something so pure as that, and it is but one of ten.
For those jaded reviewers who wanted/expected/demanded something different, I realize that there are those who, alas, don't know transcendence when they hear it. They are welcome to their limitations. But I give tremendous gratitude for this musical experience, which I've listened to (absorbed) again and again.
Free advise? Let this cd wash over you. Don't expect it to be anything for you. Allow it to be, simply, what it is.
Consider yourself fortunate to hear it. Consider yourself touched to allow it to sink in. Quit your tents. Soar.
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