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The Mask and Mirror [Original recording remastered]

Loreena McKennittAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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The Mask and Mirror + The Book of Secrets + The Visit
Price for all three: $45.40

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 14, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B000J233TE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,260 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mystic Dream
2. The Bonny Swans
3. Dark Night Of The Soul
4. Marrakesh Night Market
5. Full Circle
6. Santiago
7. Ce He Mise Le Ulaingt?/The Two Trees
8. Prospero's Speech

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Customer Reviews

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Contemplative Ecstasy October 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I first bought this CD a week or so after it came out. I was driving home with a friend when he slipped it into the CD player in the car--and we nearly drove off the road, it was so beautiful. Whereas "The Visit" is en-spiriting in a lively and enlivening way, "The Mask and Mirror" is much more 'contemplative' in a kind of earthy, humanizing sense. The music is woven together into (so I call it) an aesthetic mandalla; to listen to it is to be drawn toward the center of one's self, irresistably! It was on this CD that she first began exploring the Spanich and Arabic worlds. For me, "Dark Night of the Soul" -- the lyric of which is taken from a poem by the Spanish mystic John of the Cross -- is the vortex of the CD. A beautiful poem given a wonderful setting. The music of this CD is textured and layered. It will restore and reinvigorate your sense of beauty. Experience it for yourself!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best November 17, 2007
By Tim Fan
Format:Audio CD
The first time I bought this CD was from some kind of therapy store. I was walking by the storefront while they were playing the disk. I couldn't pass on this so I just stood and listened. At the end I asked if I could buy it, and ended up paying close to $30 US for this ! Folks, back then gasoline was only $1 per gallon.
I agree with the previous reviewer describing the "Dark night of the Soul" as the vortex of the CD. And couldn't agree more with the other reviewer's "borrowing technique" : I've bought this CD 3 times already because it kept went on missing ! To whoever took it, I don't blame you. Spread it out, share it with your love ones.
Don't listen to me, go download the song and listen for youself. And I'll bet you'll want a hard copy afterwards.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! May 14, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Every time I have the pleasure of listening to Loreena, I feel transported to a different place & time. Rarely does music move the soul as her's does. Enjoy every moment, every note, every melody. Doesn't get any better than this.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captures My Soul May 12, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Had borrowed a friend's copy of this CD after hearing it once (maybe after hearing just one song) and would not return it until I had purchased my own copy and one for my sister. I never tire of listening to it and look forward to purchasing others by the same artist.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All for the love of you December 12, 2009
Format:Audio CD
"A clouded dream on an earthly night/Hangs upon the crescent moon/A voiceless song in an ageless light/Sings at the coming dawn..."

Listening to a Loreena McKennit album is like being slowly enveloped in a dream of medieval castles, incense-heavy air, and distant exotic lands full of shadows and beauty. "The Mask and the Mirror" is a prime example of McKennit's hauntingly ye-olde music, with lush instrumentation and bittersweet vocals -- not to mention some truly lovely songs.

It starts with the haunting "Mystic's Dream," a love song that is soaked in a dreamlike atmosphere and the sound of monks chanting wordlessly in the background It's followed by the more upbeat but grisly ballad "The Bonny Swans," the vaguely erotic-sounding "The Dark Night of the Soul" is set to lots of floaty string melodies, and the dancey "Marrakesh Night Market" adds a peppy Middle-Eastern flavor to the album ("Would you like my mask/Would you like my mirror?... you can look at yourself, you can look at each other/you can look at the face, the face of your god!").

A more contemplative air enters the album in its second half -- "Full Circle" is a minimalist ballad that mourns and marvels at the sound of worship ("in your heart, in your soul, did you find peace there?") while "Santiago" is a sprightly Spanish-flavored instrumental with McKennit only making "la la" noises. She dips briefly into the upliftingly lovely "Cé Hé Mise Le Ulaingt?/The Two Trees," and ends on a suitably bittersweet note -- a somnolent recitation of "Prospero's Speech.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Beautiful February 20, 2008
By JMarino
Format:Audio CD
Without question this is one of the most delightful collections of music I have ever had the pleasure of hearing. Each time her voice comes on in Ce He Mise Le Ulaingt?/The Two Trees I feel taken away to another place. Light some candles, pour a glass of wine, and enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a chance find October 12, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I was looking for another CD when I happened upon this one. I had never heard of Loreena McKennet at the time but I was charmed by the presentation. I thought if the art was a representation of the music it would be something I would enjoy. One of the best CD's I own and the sounds never grow old.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Bonny Swans was the first song I heard from Loreena McKennitt. In the midst of all the alternative music, rock music, classical and R & B and sometimes easy listening music (like the Andrew Sisters) music that I was listening to at that time, when I heard Loreena McKennitt and her Bonny Swans song, I got goose bumps. What a glorious sound this woman could bring. She describes her music as Celtic Eclectic. Her music is Celtic, and she captures the essence of other cultures of where the Celts have travelled. So that in her music, she expresses the travels and quests of where this journey of the Celts, and her personal journey takes her. Her music struck a chord within me that was melodic and harmonious. I immediately purchased the album. My favorite songs are of course the Bonny Swans, Full Circle, The Two Trees, Santiago, Mask and Mirror and Prospero's Speech (this is particularly very meditative.) Her music is soothing, energetic (like a fire) and visual of storytelling. The musicians are extraordinary! Especially the violinist, Hugh Marsh! She has wonderful and extra instruments on the album ouds, hurdy gurdy, balalaika, bag pipes. Loreena herself plays the accordion, the harp, and piano. Then there are the instruments of dumbek, drums, percussion and so forth. I'm getting carried away. This is a wonderful album. Because of this album, I purchased every album she has made! I highly recommend the Mask and Mirror.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Always loved her.
This is a really good CD of hers, a mixture of folk music, acoustics, and new age. Not quite like Enya, but relaxing and nostalgic for me.
Published 19 days ago by Danielle G.
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly beautiful all the way through
Heart-stoppingly beautiful music! Mckennitt is a versatile and compelling performer. A must for anyone who likes Celtic style. These original songs will melt your heart.
Published 21 days ago by H. M. Neely
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I recommend this to anyone who needs to relax and get away. This is great to listen to while reading a book.
Published 3 months ago by sacha pepper
5.0 out of 5 stars An ancient melody for the senses
I love Loreena McKennitt since I first listened to the Visit CD years ago.
I love all the songs on this from The Mystic's Dream, The Dark Night of
the Soul to The Two... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Sound and Harmony
Beautifully sung. Great tracks and very atmospheric music that captures the mood, sentiment and ambiance of the Celtic and medieval period.
Published 3 months ago by gerry marakowitz
5.0 out of 5 stars A really fine album.
Loreena McKennitt is one of the really great ones. I've loved this particular album for years and have given several as gifts. You can't go wrong with this one.
Published 4 months ago by Gary D. Ryno
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Music
This album brings out the range and richness of Loreena's voice. The music is a blend of various ancient cultures and conveys the mystery and magic of those cultures that soothes... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stormy seas
5.0 out of 5 stars Mask & Mirror. Loreena Mckennitt.
Contains the songs that are beautiful to listen to. With percussion. Is wonderful. The composition of opera, instrumental music, is perfect. Beautiful voice.
Published 5 months ago by ceolin
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this lady.
Lorenna...what else do you need to know? I discovered her several months ago and bought several of her recordings. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Golden Dolphin
5.0 out of 5 stars Lareen is always great
great album by talented artist thank Odin someone who can actually sing.15 words ??? what do tou want wonderful 15 times
Published 7 months ago by charles a pate
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