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Abba Pater Import

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Track Listings 1. Cercate Il Suo Volto 2. Cristo E Liberazione 3. Verum Caro Factum Est 4. Abba Pater 5. Vieni Santo Spirito 6. Padre, Ti Chiediamo Perdono 7. Dove C'e Amore C'e Dio 8. Padre Della Luce 9. Un Comandamento Nuovo 10. Madre Di Tutte Le Genti 11. La Legge Delle Beatitudini

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Accompanied by a resplendently rhythmic score and including an intriguing blend of classical, world, and contemporary western music, Abba Pater is Pope John Paul II's uplifting message to the faithful everywhere. Released in timely celebration of Holy Week and Easter, and in anticipation of the millennial Great Jubilee pilgrimage, this sacred inner expedition of sound explores universal themes of spirituality such as praise, forgiveness, and brotherly love. Abba Pater is the first musical CD ever to feature the most famous man in the world, whose dramatic and moving words delivered on these tracks are culled from archival recordings from the first 20 years of his papacy. In five beautifully expressed languages, the Pope sings, chants, and prays for the healing of humankind, all of which is perhaps best summed up by the words in Psalm 26: "I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living." --Paige La Grone

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Disc: 1

  1. Cercate Il Suo Volto
  2. Cristo E Liberazione
  3. Verum Caro Factum Est
  4. Abba Pater
  5. Vieni Santo Spirito
  6. Padre, Ti Chiediamo Perdono
  7. Dove C'e Amore C'e Dio
  8. Padre Della Luce
  9. Un Comandamento Nuovo
  10. Madre Di Tutte Le Genti
  11. La Legge Delle Beatitudini


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 23, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B00000ICML
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,786 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Perhaps this will be a rather strange review of this CD, but in writing it this way, I mean only to illustrate that there is something special in this CD even for those who are not Roman Catholic. Additionally, I write this review on the very day that Pope John Paul II may leave this life and enter the next.

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.

That said....

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.
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I purchased this CD several years ago, listened to it once or twice, and then put it away, quite unimpressed. It seemed like a hamhanded attempt to cash in on the New Age music phenomonen.

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.
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As a Pole, I've never experienced such a soul gathering as we've had throughout the last week. Commercial radio stations speak through our Holy Father's voice - Appa Pater. "All yours" the Pope used to say. Now he gives us the chance to once again listen to him, and him only... I never thought I would listen to this cd, but now I do, over and over again.
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I purchased this CD about 5 years ago. I enjoyed it then, and now find that it is helping me through the sorrow. When listening to this music, I feel the love that the Holy Father had for all humanity bathe me in peace. His spirit is united with the Holy Spirit, which is very present in this music; this CD is helping heal my broken heart. I know that the Divine Healer will continue to use JPII to change the world, through the hearts of man. I know my sorrow is but for a time, and then I will be able to fully rejoice in the awesome gift that God bestowed upon this earth when He spoke the name of Karol Wojtyla into being. Thank you.
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Pope John Paul II has a new CD out and it promises to be a hit. The music is more diverse than I expected, not just the Gregorian Chant that has become popular once more, but also new and vital contemporary multi-cultured music of great range. One track treats you to the sweet tones of a solitary violin while another includes the ages-old, soft and distant drums of the deepest jungles of Africa.
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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