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Flame Of Ireland: Medieval Irish Plainchant

Canty Audio CD

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1. Hymn Adest Dies Leticie
2. Invatorium Totus Orbis Brigide & Venite
3. Antiphona I Rex Celestis Humilem
4. Antiphona II Prolis Exordium
5. Antiphona III Nocte Matris Lectulum
6. Lectio I Fuit Quidam Dux Magnus
7. Responsorium I Felix Hiberniam
8. Lectio II Tunc Duptachus Ait
9. Responsorium II Hanc De Britannia
10. Lectio III Perrexit Poeta
11. Responsorium III In Albis Clerici
12. Antiphona IV Fusa Super Parvulam
13. Antiphona V Ardens Velum Niveum
14. Antiphona VI Cander Veli Niveam
15. Lectio IV Signa Iam Maxima
16. Responsorium IV Lacte Quod Premitur
17. Lectio V Deinde Ipse Magus
18. Responsorium V Proficit In Moribus
19. Lectio VI Die Autem Alio
20. Responsorium VI Virgo Decorator
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous recording of a fascinating liturgy 13 Sep 2005
By Carl McColman - Published on
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If you love medieval chant and have even a mild interest in Celtic spirituality, here's a must-own recording of four women singing a Matins service for the feast of St. Brigit of Kildare (February 1, the Christianised holiday of Imbolc). Reminiscent of the work of the American quartet Anonymous 4, this recording offers a glimpse of what a Latin prayer service sung in an Irish convent a thousand years ago might have sounded like. The service itself combines traditional elements of Christian worship (such as the Venite, Psalm 95) with a variety of unique antiphons, canticles and readings that celebrate the mythic life of Brigit. The liner notes provide English translations of the Latin text, so those of us who are philistines can fully appreciate the powerful evocations of the Divine Feminine: "The King of Heaven had regard / To the handmaid of low estate / Of whom he brought forth Brigit / The noble child / The appearing of this child / Many portents / Did foretell, prefiguring / Great joy to come / By night her mother's cot / Was all ablaze with light / Which presaged the merits / Of the infant in her womb" and, "The Bishops from Britain foretell her / Her birth the Druids glorify / The shining stars of Heaven foretell her / For a fiery halo / Ethereal splendour announce the saint." The vocals are nothing short of splendid - when you listen, give this CD your full attention and be prepared to be transported into another world. Finally, note should be made of the use of the wire-strung harp to accompany the four women's voices. Although the instrument as used in this recording was played improvisationally, it is based on a mounting body of evidence that the harp was used as accompaniment in medieval religious music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An office with integrity 14 Jan 2013
By ravihah - Published on
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I used this recording more for study than pure listening pleasure, and to that end it was extremely helpful. The recording included many of the Nocturn lections from the Vita Quarta "Life of Brigid" as well as the office chants which derive from those lections. The recitation of the lections is not meant to be musically entertaining per se, but they preserve the integrity of the office and contextualize the antiphons and responsories which in turn contextualize the psalms. The liner notes are also very informative and helpful on an important office which has received little scholarly attention.
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