Incantations

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    "The Irish choir Anúna is much more than a mere participant in the spectacle that was Riverdance. However, as the wave of interest in that show ebbed, the choir's profile in the U.S. became smaller...Cynara has made it across the Atlantic on the group's own label, and all lovers of accessible, mellifluous choral music should take note.

    Once again, the focus is largely Irish but includes a ringer that fits the overall feel. This time, it's "Riu Riu," a Spanish villancico from the 16th century with lively rhythms but the same ethereal tone as on the group's specialties. It's given an attractive, updating arrangement by director Michael McGlynn, like all the older material here, which includes Irish chants from the 12th and 14th centuries.

    More than on previous albums, McGlynn's original compositions are featured here. Sometimes he sets old texts, one example being "Armarque cum Scuto," a short religious text by Ninth Century Irish writer Sedulius Scottus. More recent texts include the title track, using the poem of the same name by Ernest Dowson (1867-1900).

    The choir's smooth blend and McGlynn's lovely harmonies combine for a most attractive sound that's captured well in an atmospheric recording. It would not be surprising for McGlynn's work to start showing up in the repertoire of other choirs, such is its quality, but it's hard to imagine any other group singing it better."

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from Cynara, released November 30, 2000

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"...thrilling, life-affirming..."
"...enchanting sonic tapestry..."
"...a place where the heavens meet the horizon..."

Falling into no category easily, Anúna remain at the fringe of contemporary music after over a quarter of a century of life. Timeless, ancient and simultaneously relevant to this world.
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