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By A Customer
This review is from: Adiemus II - Cantata Mundi (Audio CD)
This is definitely the best of all the Adiemus albums, it combines the usual African chant and classical music with rhymic beats and startling originality. This is also the only album that makes full use of the dark, rich sound of the female singer (Miriam Stockley), only occasionally used in other albums. Her voice is so powerful and moving that her songs (of which there are only three on the album) have a tendancy to overshadow the others. However each of the other tracks have a magic of their own, combining pan pipes, traditional instruments and the human voice to take the listener on a journey.
Song 3 is rousing and spirited, song 6 melancholic and pure, but by far the best song (for me) is song 8. Sung by Miriam it is achingly plaintive, the sound of a lost soul watching the stars shine over the ocean, the sound of the princess in the tower waiting for her long dead prince to come.
The music is inspiring and lyrical, harmonious and ofentimes touched with a real beauty. I would defy anyone to turn the lights out at night, listen to this album and not feel indescribably moved. An absolute must..