A Gift of Love: Music Inspired by the Love Poems of Rumi

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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
Rumi is the poet of poets, the most revered figure in Persian Islamic literature. Although born 800 years ago, his poetry has endured and has often been performed to music, as it is here. Deepak Chopra heads the impressive list of poetry readers on this remarkable album, a collection of 36 poems of love for God set to music, produced by Adam Plack a.k.a. Nomad, who plays keyboards, leading a hefty ensemble of live performers. The readers: Madonna, Martin Sheen, Demi Moore, Blythe Danner, Goldie Hawn, Debra Winger, and many others, including Coleman Barks, the most esteemed of Rumi translators. The music is smooth and slightly mysterious, often propelled by lyrical ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
Rumi is the poet of poets, the most revered figure in Persian Islamic literature. Although born 800 years ago, his poetry has endured and has often been performed to music, as it is here. Deepak Chopra heads the impressive list of poetry readers on this remarkable album, a collection of 36 poems of love for God set to music, produced by Adam Plack a.k.a. Nomad, who plays keyboards, leading a hefty ensemble of live performers. The readers: Madonna, Martin Sheen, Demi Moore, Blythe Danner, Goldie Hawn, Debra Winger, and many others, including Coleman Barks, the most esteemed of Rumi translators. The music is smooth and slightly mysterious, often propelled by lyrical rhythm bass and sensual grooves, dusted with a sultry vocalise. These days, one can't mention Rumi without conjuring the gravel-voiced poet/performer Robert Bly, who can recite Rumi, slap out a rhythm, guffaw, and spit nails at the same time. Alas, he's not on this album. For the most part, the readers assume a reverential tone, so it was refreshing to hear Coleman Bark's colorful Southern accent, Debra Winger's grit, and the innate humanity of elderly civil rights heroine Rosa Parks. The unidentified Persian singer sampled on the last "instrumental" really cuts to the quicken heart. The album is lovingly produced with spectacular and informative liner notes. Curl up with A Gift of Love for the evening, or let Rumi's words tap you on the shoulder from the musical background.
All Music Guide - Jenna Woolford
Both celebrities and religious figures contribute to this compilation of music inspired by Rumi poetry. Recording selections are Deepak Chopra "My Burning Heart," "Intoxicated by Love," "Alchemy of Love," "Aroused Passion", Jared Harris "Looking for Your Face", Madonna "Bittersweet", Demi Moore "Do You Love Me", Goldie Hawn "The Meaning of Love", and Martin Sheen "Caught in the Fire of Love".
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/1998
  • Label: Rasa Music
  • UPC: 619088307828
  • Catalog Number: 83078
  • Sales rank: 3,631

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Valentine to Rumi - Chopra & Friends (0:56)
  2. 2 My Burning Heart (0:59)
  3. 3 Bittersweet - Madonna (2:12)
  4. 4 Intoxicated by Love (1:53)
  5. 5 The Lover's Passion (1:04)
  6. 6 Do You Love Me - Demi Moore (1:33)
  7. 7 Come to Me (1:04)
  8. 8 Desire (2:05)
  9. 9 The Alchemy of Love (1:19)
  10. 10 Caught in the Fire of Love - Marian Stallings (1:03)
  11. 11 The Awakening (2:24)
  12. 12 I Am Yours - Robert Burke (1:07)
  13. 13 Behind the Scenes - Blythe Danner (0:43)
  14. 14 Looking for Your Face - Jared Harris (2:11)
  15. 15 The Meaning of Love - Goldie Hawn (1:41)
  16. 16 Aroused Passion (0:50)
  17. 17 Dying to Love - Robert A.F. Thurman (2:10)
  18. 18 The Privileged Lovers (1:08)
  19. 19 Precious Love (2:06)
  20. 20 Surrender (0:58)
  21. 21 Defeated by Love - Sussan Deyhim (0:40)
  22. 22 Lost in the Wilderness (2:00)
  23. 23 The Mythical Lover - Royden Foster (1:21)
  24. 24 I Am and I Am Not (0:56)
  25. 25 The Agony of Lovers - Laura Day (0:44)
  26. 26 The Agony and Ecstasy of Divine Discontent - Sonja Sohn (3:25)
  27. 27 The Mirror - Debra Winger (0:36)
  28. 28 Look at Your Eyes - Chopra & Friends (0:19)
  29. 29 Looking for Love - Rosa Parks (0:20)
  30. 30 Some Kiss - Coleman Barks (0:56)
  31. 31 The Freshness - Coleman Barks (0:57)
  32. 32 My Beloved - Chris Barron (0:28)
  33. 33 The Hunt (0:32)
  34. 34 Desire - Chopra & Friends (3:48)
  35. 35 A Lover's Madness - Chopra & Friends (3:21)
  36. 36 The Lover's Passion - Chopra & Friends (3:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Deepak Chopra M.D. Primary Artist, Track Performer
Steve Gorn Clarinet, Bansuri
Blythe Danner Track Performer
Chris Barron Track Performer
Madonna Track Performer
Richard Horowitz Keyboards, Ney
Tony Smith Percussion, Drums
Yossi Fine Bass Guitar
Adam Plack Keyboards, Sampling
Robert Burke Track Performer
Coleman Barks Track Performer
Sussan Deyhim Vocals, Track Performer
Yaron Fuchs Keyboards, Sampling
Robert A.F. Thurman Track Performer
Sonja Sohn Track Performer
Demi Moore Track Performer
Debra Winger Track Performer
Royden Foster Track Performer
Marian Stallings Track Performer
Technical Credits
Joe Franco Engineer
Patrick McCarthy Engineer
Adam Plack Arranger, Composer, Producer
Sussan Deyhim Composer
Leon Zervos Mastering
Lou Holtzman Engineer
Deepak Chopra M.D. Composer
Yaron Fuchs Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Michelle Willems Art Direction
Darlene Cordero Art Direction
Donna d'Cruz Executive Producer
Rosa Parks Contributor
Noah Hutton Contributor
Laura Day Contributor
Goldie Hawn Contributor
Jared Harris Contributor
Martin Sheen Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Romantic

    Simply a hopeless romantics CD. This CD is great to sit with your loved one and have a romantic dinner to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    dancing angels

    A great musician is one who make angels dance, And a good listener is one who see dancing angels, When I just listen to the music I saw them. Thank you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    lover and be loved are one

    Hi I'm an iranian boy and I love the rumi's poems. That was one of the greatest albums that I've ever heared. I hope to see more wonderfull albums like this from lovely performers and producer.

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