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Songs & Prayers from Taize


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Brother Alois, the prior of the monastic community of Taizé, says that “each human being is thirsting for peace”. In a turbulent world beset with wars, terror and famine, this unique set of recordings of the special music of Taizé may help listeners to discover a sense of inner calm and spiritual solace that can seem increasingly hard to find. This is the first-ever ... Read more in Amazon's Taize Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 23, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gia Publications
  • ASIN: B000003YKF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,426 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. In the Lord
2. Veni Sancte Spiritus
3. Alleluia 7
4. Bless the Lord
5. Confitemini Domino
6. Kyrie 10
7. Stay with Us
8. Crucem tuam
9. The Lord Is My Light
10. Psallite Deo
11. Laudate omnes gentes
12. Wait for the Lord
13. When the Night Becomes Dark
14. Gospodi Pomiluj
15. The Lord Is My Song
16. Magnificat (choral)
17. Within Our Darkest Night
18. My Soul Is at Rest
19. Jubilate servite
20. Laudate Dominum

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It is so full of peace and calm and the love of God.
Joseph Stiles
Of the various recordings of Taize chants, this is probably one of the weaker, because of the poor quality of the recording.
MS
Also given as a gift, and it was very well received.
Nancy

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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Eva Lengyel on August 5, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I have visited Taize a few years back, and this CD brings me back a lot of very nice memories...The simplicity and pureness of the musicand songs are every day reality forthose living there.It is dedicatedto God, in many languages of the Globe...the songs are so grabbing,simple, yet beautiful-just like themessage God has for Humanity.It iswritten with eternal Love.The CD isan excellent aid for those who pray,meditate, or simply looking to relaxtheir mind...It feels, as you are there, with them.It is a truly spirit lifting experience, a breathof fresh air...from Heaven.
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69 of 74 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 28, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you are looking for inspiration to pray while singing and/or listening to music, listening to Taize is certainly one of the most fulfilling spiritual experiences. I have been listening to Taize for about 10 years, and I do not cease to find inspiration in the simple yet beautiful tunes the Taize community offers to the Christian world.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Taize style music is very popular among college-age worshippers today, and our Centre for University Ministry regularly offers Taize services. The hallmarks of Taize services are simplicity, peaceful spirituality, and music based upon the chant styles of the Taize monastery in France. Founded in the aftermath of the second World War by Brother Roger, who died in a prayer service in the midst of the community in August 2005, Taize is dedicated to peace and ecumenical action.

Taize music is both simple and sophisticated. Brother Roger, founder of Taize, seeks to add a prayerful element to music, and a musical element to prayer, believing firmly in the old dictum, 'those who sing, pray twice'.

The songs of Taize are designed to be sung by those who have difficulty carrying a tune, as well as those whose training and background in music extends to high levels.

This recording contains many of the best Taize chants. Given the international outreach of Taize (it is a great pilgrimage site for people all over the world), the chants tend to be sung in Latin. The Latin is not due to Catholic influence as much as it a shared language among many people's linguistic heritage while no longer being anyone's first language. Brother Roger reclaimed Latin as a language for the monastery so that no one 'living' language would claim a dominance over others.

Taize worship relies on psalms heavily, as well as periods of silence, Bible readings, and prayers. Some such pieces are included here.

The way Taize chants 'work' is that they are simple phrases and simple tunes that gradually reveal depth and sophistication by being repeated over and over.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Timothy's Mom on December 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The Taize meditation CD has many songs sung in Latin, including the popular "Veni Sancte Spiritus". (Parenthetically, an expanded version of this song is on another excellent Taize CD "Taize: Veni Sancte Spiritus".) Each of the tracts is short with no song longer than three-and-a-half minutes. While I can guess at the Latin meanings of the lyrics, I have had to look up translations of a few of the songs. While I enjoy listening to this CD, and have purchased copies to give to others who like the Taize meditaions, it is probably my least favorite of the five CDs presently available.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy Hesson on April 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This Taize cd brings refreshment to me when I hear it. I was in Medjugorje this past Christmas. I ordered the CD because the titles were the same as those sung in Medjugorje. I wasn't disappointed. When I listen to the CD, I am reminded of the peace I experienced in Medjugorje!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By musica on May 8, 2014
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I have been attending taize services on and off for a decade now. When I heard the first few songs on this CD, my heart sunk with disappointment. Not only is the audio quality seem terribly poor, but the songs seem to be conducted and performed by a semi-professional group rather than prayed by a prayerful congregation & choir. I have no doubt that these people meant well and were prayerful, but I just couldn't get into it. The Taize I know is is an organic, communal prayer--soft, inviting, soothing--that I've felt welcomed into. Some of these arrangements felt so scripted and baroque... I feel an ordinary person could not possibly join into some of these songs :-( I don't want to be disrespectful to other people's musical and prayer tastes, but if you're looking for what I described in this CD, you might find yourself disappointed. Disclaimer--I was so disappointed I only listened to the first 6 songs or so, as I couldn't take more. I will be returning this CD for the reasons I described.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason Klostreich on March 19, 2006
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simple and short but very profound songs, psalms and chants from the western latin/english tradition. great for easy listening or incorporating into personal devotional or meditative prayer. the quality of the recording was not what it could be. although stylistically this would probably more familiar to Catholics i would recommend these psalms and songs for any Christians seeking to recapture more traditional and Scripture based worship venues within the modern context of their daily lives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Larke on February 25, 2013
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This is very beautifully sung worship music. Very harmonius and special from a . Choir with flute and other instruments. Taize community was formed in 1940 -renowned for its spirit of "trust, peace and reconciliation."
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