The Prayer Cycle
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It is with primitive urgency and lustrous clarity rising like flickering embers from a fire that Jonathan Elias's ambitious Prayer Cycle is given voice. Woven together like knotty wool, silk, and fine strands of silvery water, the disparate yet complementary voices of the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Alanis Morissette, Yungchen Lhamo, Ofra Haza, the American Boychoir, Salif Keita, and others intertwine in multiple languages with the superb English Chamber Orchestra and Chorus. Prayers of supplication, gratitude, and longing build in layers, one on top of and 'twixt and 'tween the other, as movements titled "Mercy," "Grace," "Innocence," "Compassion," and the like. Remarkably, Elias's Prayer Cycle eloquently captures the ecstasy, pain, grief, and sublime beauty of humanity--as he simply and poignantly writes in his liner notes, "The world we live in is both joyous and cruel." --Paige La GroneSee all Editorial Reviews
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I have listend to and collected choral work throughout the years, but I have yet to hear a piece of music that moves across cultural and religious boundries like this recording does. There is an honesty here that is communal rather than selfishly individual. Johnathan Elias belongs in an elite group of composers who is able to speak directly to the soul, regardless of race, color, language, or creed. Through the use of some very prominant yet seemingly unlikely performers (Alanis Moriessette, Ofra Haza, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Perry Farrell, and Musrat Fateh Ali Khan, to name but a few), Elias has proven that the idea of a request from the soul is universal, and that the human voice is heard on many levels and in many ways. I would highly recommend that recording to anyone.
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It will take you to the edge of the universe and the depths of your soul.