Ancient Muse

Ancient Muse

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by Loreena McKennitt
     
 

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Canadian Celtic/new age/worldbeat architect Loreena McKennitt may be an odd choice for the legendary jazz label that released benchmark albums from Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, but Verve may have been moved by the undeniably talented harpist/composer/vocalist's large collection of globe-spanning gold, platinum, and multi-platinum sales awards. McKennitt's records… See more details below

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Canadian Celtic/new age/worldbeat architect Loreena McKennitt may be an odd choice for the legendary jazz label that released benchmark albums from Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, but Verve may have been moved by the undeniably talented harpist/composer/vocalist's large collection of globe-spanning gold, platinum, and multi-platinum sales awards. McKennitt's records (this is her first set of new material since 1997's Book of Secrets) tend to play like independent soundtracks to National Geographic documentaries -- kind of like a more ornate, expensive version of Dead Can Dance. An Ancient Muse may break little new ground for McKennitt, but it won't disappoint longtime fans. Her fascination with Celtic, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern instrumentation (hurdy-gurdy, nyckelharpa, kanoun, uilleann pipes, bouzouki, lyra, and oud) and her preoccupation with mythology and poetry have won her great favor with the new age/adult alternative crowd, and rightly so, as Irish-tinged ballads such as "Never-Ending Road (Amhrán Duit)" and "Penelope's Song" are just Enya songs with more instruments than vocal tracks. Her penchant for quality instrumentals, in this case the Turkish delights "Kecharitomene" and "Sacred Shabbat," sets her apart from the more stereotypical new age artists like David Arkenstone and John Tesh, and her extensive, diary-like liner notes invoke ancient archeological sites and obscure Rumi poetry without coming off as too self-absorbed.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2006
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0774213121097
catalogNumber:
000792002

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Loreena McKennitt   Primary Artist,Percussion,Piano,Accordion,Harp,Keyboards,Vocals
Brian Hughes   Bouzouki,Electric Guitar,Synthesizer Guitar,Oud,Guitar (Nylon String)
Hugh Marsh   Violin
Donald Quan   Viola
Tal Bergman   Percussion,Drums
Clive Deamer   Drums
Nigel Eaton   Hurdy-Gurdy
Steafan Hannigan   uillean pipes,Vocal Director,Turkish Clarinet
Hossam Ramzy   Percussion
Manu Katché   Drums
Caroline LaVelle   Cello
Tim Landers   Bass
Rick Lazar   Percussion
Andy Pask   Acoustic Bass
Charles Pott   Vocals
Christopher Redfield   Viola
Wendy Rose   Violin
Annbjørg Lien   Nyckelharpa
Stuart Bruce   Percussion
Carol Fujino   Violin
Andreas Papas   Percussion
Julian Empett   Vocals
Lawrence Wallington   Vocals
Haig Yazdjian   Oud
Jason Hann   Percussion
Petros Kourtis   Percussion,Krotala
Annalee Patipatanakoon   Violin
Bridget Hunt   Violin
Daniel Blackman   Viola
Ed Hanley   Tabla,Udu
Ben Grossman   Hurdy-Gurdy
Roman Borys   Cello
Carina Reeves   Cello
Warren Trevelyan-Jones   Vocals
Panos Dimitrakopoulos   Kanoon
Ensemble Plus Ultra   Track Performer
Louise Hogan   Viola
Charlie Jones   Acoustic Bass
Evangelos Karipis   Percussion
Georgios Kontogiannis   Bouzouki
Natasha Kraemer   Cello
David Martin   Vocals
Nicholas Morris   Track Performer
Alexander Pott   Track Performer
Elliot Thompson   Track Performer
Malgorzata Ziemkiewicz   Viola
Thomas Hobbs   Vocals
Socratis Sinopoulos   Lyra

Technical Credits

Brian Hughes   Engineer,Vocal Drone
Donald Quan   Vocal Drone
Brian Gascoigne   Arranger,String Arrangements
Kevin Killen   Engineer
Paul Klingberg   Engineer
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Loreena McKennitt   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
John Welsman   String Arrangements
Frank Wolf   Engineer
Jeff Wolpert   Engineer
Stuart Bruce   Engineer,Vocal Drone
Ben Findlay   Engineer
Gordy Davidson   Digital Editing
Walter Scott   Composer
Gabe Moffett   Engineer
Claire Lewis   Digital Editing
Marco Migliari   Engineer,Digital Editing,Vocal Drone
Lewis Jones   Digital Editing
Ann Reid Reynolds   translation
Paul Grady   Digital Editing
Dominic Monks   Digital Editing
Claude Gortin   translation
Kostas Kousoulos   Engineer
Kostas Mouroulis   Engineer
Jeremy Murphy   Digital Editing
Brian Nebin   Engineer
Selina Stewart   translation
Dafni Viorre   translation
Ange Zhang   Illustrations
Steve Price   Engineer

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