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I am not Roman Catholic. I have never studied the Catholic faith. I never attended Catholic schools. I have strong and irreconcilable disagreements with the Roman Catholic church's policies in many areas.
I have this CD of John Paul II's voice, with accompanying music, saying prayers. I am writing this Amazon review to say that I truly find it uplifting and comforting.
Even without knowing the Latin or Italian, perhaps even without being a Christian at all, it is possible to appreciate this very special music. It's beautifully composed and performed. This CD is not at all the stiff and formal liturgy you might associate with the Catholic Church. There is rhythm, joy, a variety of music with world flavor, and a loveliness to this CD.
Music is the universal language. This composition is spiritual poetry in that universal language. I hope you will listen to it and find its blessings.
Whether I have changed in the last few years, or whether the demise of Pope John Paul II made me listen more closely, I don't immediately know. I do know, however, that this is an excellent CD; comforting, inspiring, and far from a New-Age ripoff.
The producers and composers have assembled a fascinating sample of John Paul II's prayers, statements from homilies, etc., and have grafted these atop an eclectic orchestration, weaving in Latin chants, Polish prayers, and African rhythms in a surprisingly effective way.
Of notable impact are the Pater Noster in the song Abba Pater (sung first by John Paul II and then by a male choir), the Inno di Pentecoste segment of Vieni, Santo Spirito, the distorted & strangely clipped Polish Pater Noster in Padre Della Luce, and perhaps most moving, the Marian antiphon interspersed with Latin verse in Madre Di Tutte Le Genti.
John Paul II's voice is heard from 1980 through 1998. At times it is a bit jarring to hear how his voice changed from strong and clear to slurred and aged. But through it all, it is affecting, regardless of the language he speaks in.
A final note - the images contained in the CD jacket and liner notes are tasteful and impressive as well. Overall "Abba Pater" is a wonderful work of art that is particularly poignant today.
Excerpts of the Pope's messages delivered throughout the world in multiple languages have been mixed with this background music. Multi-language text translations are provided (Spanish, Italian, French, English, Latin, to name a few) which allows for easy understanding of some of the Pope's more recent messages. Of course, these also allow for full appreciation of the foreign spoken word. It is interesting to hear how easily the Pope manages the dialects of each language spoken.
A highlight of listening pleasure is a recording of the Pope singing Pater Noster, The Lord's Prayer. Ovations have been either kept or added giving the impression of a "live-concert performance" all the while mixed with a complimentary musical accompaniment.
It is unfortunate that more of the Pope's pleasant singing voice was not included on this CD. Perhaps, hopefully, this will transpire on a next release.
Whether you are a linguist, a cleric, a music lover, someone in search for inspiration or just curious by the novelty of it all, this CD has something I would expect most to enjoy.
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I love this album--I have listened to it so often over the years, frequently on the way to work, at dawn, and it has grown with me and nurtured my faith, and I have given it often... Read morePublished 5 months ago by periphron
Pope John Paul II gives us all an everlasting and joyful praise and glory to God who unites us in his loving and merciful heart. We love God. We praise God. We glorify God. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Maria Virginia Arellano
love it great product. would buy again. beautiful music. highly recommend. music is in several languages but a translation is included.Published on April 30, 2014 by R. Madrigal
I've owned this CD for 15 years and I keep on going back to it in times of emotional hardship, or whenever I'm going through a difficult period in my life (which has been happening... Read morePublished on March 17, 2014 by R. M. Garcia