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St Francis & The Minstrels of God

Altramar Medieval Music Ensemble Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 19, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dorian Recordings
  • ASIN: B000001Q7B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,286 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Canticum creatorum
2. Fami cantar l'amor di la beata
3. Sia laudato San Francesco
4. Francesco
5. Cristo è nato
6. Saltarello Sancto Antonio
7. Laudar vollio per amore
8. Spirito sancto da sevire

Editorial Reviews

This remarkable recording takes us back to the early 13th century and the world of St. Francis--particularly the musical part of his world, which was significant. In fact, the disc begins with a song composed by St. Francis himself, the Canticum creatorum, and features several other examples of religious songs known as "laude spirituali." The four-member medieval music ensemble Altramar performs with voices and a variety of period instruments--all done to stylish perfection. --David Vernier

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where is Your Soul? December 1, 2001
Format:Audio CD
WOW...If this music does not move you, you're gonna have to ask yourself where your soul is. This is some of the most powerful music I have ever had the pleasure to stumble upon. Canticum Creatorium is matchless. I Gar-un-tee that you will love this disc up one side and back down the other. IT IS GREAT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music of the Heavens June 4, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I had never heard of Altramar or Dorian Records before, but this cd had me incredulous, marveling at the gorgeousness of this cd's music. You will not need any other medieval chant music after listening to this cd. It includes male and female voices singing together and instrumentals. This mode of music can sometimes seem repetitive, but that is a small matter. The first track makes you leave the contemporary world, and enter a more contemplative, spare universe in which one's relationship to a supreme being is logically the most important thing in life. This is music to ponder the history of life by. Other cds give us music to party to, to dance to, to clean the house to. But this cd is for the most sublime and uplifted moments. The voices are strong and real, and the instruments sound realistically of the period. All are to be commended who brought this cd into existence. It is odd how the true jewels of life sparkle from hidden places -- you won't find this cd on a bestseller rack, but its effect on your mind and ears will last much longer than the latest empty pop sensation that sells a million records. You will probably never find this cd in a resell situation on an internet auction because once you've listened to it, you'll never give it up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1,000,000 of Stars March 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This Cd must receive one million of the stars. The repertory is fantastic. To hear Canticum creatorum, composed by Saint Francis, is something unique, it is a voyage to time of passion and religiosity, the Saint Francis's time .
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3.0 out of 5 stars Damaged CD cover January 5, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The music is fine and playable, but the front of the plastic CD case had a big crack in it.
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