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Renaissance of Humanity


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Audio CD, April 16, 1996
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1. Missa Propria: Kyrie Eleison - Boni Pueri Boys Chor/Jiri Skopal
2. Missa Propria: Gloria/Miserere/Gloria - Boni Pueri Boys Chor/Jiri Skopal
3. Missa Propria: Credo/Agnus Dei - Boni Pueri Boys Chor/Jiri Skopal
4. Vars For The Healing Of Arinushka - Kalle Randalu
5. O Euchari - VOX/Vladimir Ivanoff
6. Katharsis - Quartetto Con Flauto
7. Shen Khar Venakhi - Ensemble Georgika
8. Romelni Kerubinta - Ensemble Georgika
9. Trivium - Camerata Talinn

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  • Audio CD (April 16, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rca Records/Sbme
  • ASIN: B000003ELQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,153 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Wyote VINE VOICE on August 21, 2001
I am not an expert in music, but I will tell you what I know about this CD. First, it is very beautiful and striking. It opens with the "world premiere recording" of Jirasek's Missa Propria, a mass evoking the depression of communism and subtle hints of hope in modern fashion. Emphasizing again that my judgement isn't too reliable, I'd describe it as Shostakovich meets Stravinsky. Arvo Part's "Variations for the healing of Arinushka" is a piano piece performed by Kalle Randalu, supposedly demonstrating more of "a concern for spiritual awakening" than is typical of minimalists. VOX performs a synthesized "translation" of Hildegard von Bingen's "O Euchari." This is curious, and not bad. Jirasek's "Katharsis" follows, and I don't think it is very notable. Two incredibly beautiful medieval Georgian liturgical hymns performed by Ensemble Georgika may be the highlight of the CD. Estonian composer Rene Espere's "Trivium" concludes the CD with another emotional and basically minimalist piece. I recommend this stew of "mystical music" primarily because it is diverse and unique. "Missa Propria" and the Georgian hymns alone make it worthwhile, and the other pieces make it even more interesting. I suspect more high-brow Eastern European New Age music will come with capitalism's development, and probably will not be as good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fresma on November 14, 2008
I bought this CD some time ago (cca 2003) after hearing the last piece (Trivium, by Rene Eespere) on the radio. At the time, it took quite some searching on the internet until I found it!

I don't know what criteria were used in collecting together these pieces on the same CD. Some of them are medieval (such as O Euchari by Hildegarde von Bingen, albeit in a modern arrangement-- now my favorite piece on the CD) and the "traditional" (i.e. folklore?) Georgian music. Some are by contemporary composers like Eespere, Jirasek and Part. However, they all go very well together. If you are religiously inclined you might label this music "mystical", like the previous reviewer did, but I would call it "meditative".

I will not attempt to describe each of the pieces on the CD--it would be a poor job and I would do them injustice. But I can say that they all are unbelievably beautiful. The interpretations, both the vocal and the instrumental, seem flawless and rich, full of life (for lack of a better technical term). The quality of the recording is quite good; the sound seems to envelop the listener.

There is a stereotype working against contemporary "classical" music, that it tends to be unharmonious and jarring. The contemporary music on this CD bears listening to again and again, with no diminution in enjoyment and awe. It is a feast for the ears and for the soul.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Declue on March 3, 2010
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This CD was given as a gift, based on the final tract. It is an incredible compilation of gregorian music, more beautiful than I had anticipated. Not your usual classical. If you are looking for gregorian-this is perfect.
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