An Ancient Muse [B&N Exclusive Version]

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
After nearly a decade's span, Loreena McKennitt returns to the recording studio to pick up the journey she last explored on 1997's The Book of Secrets. That interval may seem like an eternity by pop-culture standards, but it's no more than a moment in the timeless musical world McKennitt conjures on An Ancient Muse. Like a travel guide through an imaginary, romanticized past, the Canadian singer-songwriter tours musical styles from Greece, Turkey, Spain, and other realms, while never quite losing sight of her Celtic home base. Beginning with an improvisational, wordless "Incantation," McKennitt ventures to "The Gates of Istanbul," treks "Beneath a Phrygian Sky," and stops...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
After nearly a decade's span, Loreena McKennitt returns to the recording studio to pick up the journey she last explored on 1997's The Book of Secrets. That interval may seem like an eternity by pop-culture standards, but it's no more than a moment in the timeless musical world McKennitt conjures on An Ancient Muse. Like a travel guide through an imaginary, romanticized past, the Canadian singer-songwriter tours musical styles from Greece, Turkey, Spain, and other realms, while never quite losing sight of her Celtic home base. Beginning with an improvisational, wordless "Incantation," McKennitt ventures to "The Gates of Istanbul," treks "Beneath a Phrygian Sky," and stops over at a "Caravanserai" along a "Never-Ending Road," with oud, hurdy-gurdy, Swedish keyed fiddle, and other instrumental exotica as tuneful travel companions. On more familiar ground, McKennitt's lyrical vocals shine on the Celtic ballad "The English Ladye and the Knight" with text by Sir Walter Scott, as well as on the mournful "Penelope's Song" inspired by Homer's Odyssey, while "Raglan Road" -- a bonus track available only on this Barnes & Noble exclusive edition -- adds to the enchantment of the Celtic Queen's latest mystical musical voyage.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2006
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 774213221094
  • Catalog Number: 132210

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Incantation (2:35)
  2. 2 The Gates of Istanbul (6:59)
  3. 3 Caravanserai (7:35)
  4. 4 The English Ladye and the Knight (6:48)
  5. 5 Kecharitomene (6:34)
  6. 6 Penelope's Song (4:21)
  7. 7 Sacred Shabbat (4:00)
  8. 8 Beneath a Phrygian Sky (9:29)
  9. 9 Never-Ending Road (Amhrán Duit) (8:32)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Raglan Road (6:13)
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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
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
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
Panos Dimitrakopoulos Kanoon
Ensemble Plus Ultra Track Performer
Louise Hogan Viola
Evangelos Karipis Percussion
Georgios Kontogiannis Bouzouki
Natasha Kraemer Cello
Nicholas Morris Track Performer
Alexander Pott Track Performer
Elliot Thompson Track Performer
Malgorzata Ziemkiewicz Viola
Thomas Hobbs Vocals
Technical Credits
Brian Hughes Engineer, Vocal Drone
Donald Quan Vocal Drone
Brian Gascoigne Arranger, String Arrangements
Kevin Killen Engineer
Paul Klingberg Engineer
Jan Erik Kongshaug 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
Claire Lewis Digital Editing
Marco Migliari Engineer, Digital Editing, Vocal Drone
Lewis Jones Digital Editing
Ann Reid Reynolds translation
Traditional Composer
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I have all of her albums and will continue to support her however I agree with an earlier assessment that she uses many of the musical "riffs" from previous songs. You'll really notice in concert if she plays them back to back. I'd name them but for those of you just starting to explore her music I don't want to ruin it. The only real 'new' song is song #1 Incantation which for 2 1/2 minutes takes you on a journey where you've never been before. She returns you home quite quickly..not that home is a bad place to be....For all of her extensive traveling I expected more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A New Album?

    There have been a few complaints that much of the music on this album is recycled from previous albums but something to keep in mind: An overwelming majority of artist's music sounds similar from album to album. With that being said, I don't look at this album as being a new album. I look at it as a continuation of her previous album. McKennitt's voice contains a purity that I've only heard in one other artist. Her music speaks to the ancient soul, an echo from the past that if open to it we can connect to. It is a delight to the ears and whimsy for the imagination. An excellent album and I recommend it highly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Loreena McKennitt Returns

    After nearly 10 years, Loreena McKennitt returns to the studio. This is a lovely CD, but there is very little new music here . Yes, all of the songs are new, but she re-visits the same melodies that have served her well in the past. I have 4 of her earlier CD's , from Parallel Dreams to The Book Of Secrets and every time I listen to this CD, I keep hearing her previous songs in my head. The B & N exclusive bonus track, on it's own CD, is from 1991 and sounds like it was meant to be part of the Parallel Dreams CD . All of the songs are well done and she has not lost her ability to present cohesive stories. It just would have been nice to hear some new melodies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    lots of listening

    Sooo... much happening within this musical endeavor. Something new each time I listen. Same musical style that is Loreena and the amazing band.Her lyrical skill is way beyond the "usual" songwriter. "Heartfelt" is the best description I can use. "An Ancient Muse" is worth the waiting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Need to buy!

    The music to this album kind of has this feel of middle eastern music with her ever-present celtic music and superb vocals. There may only be 10 songs, but they are all beautifully written and performed. A definite 10 for Loreena McKennitt. After her fiance died, I know she must have gone through an extremely hard time, so this album also has a sad note to it, but, again, very beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Matserpiece

    After listening to some of the samples I think Loreena has created another wonderful album. I can't wait until it is released so I can listen to it in its entirety.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Listen to the Voice - Again

    This this the work of a Muse -- Rarely does a nightingale sing so sweetly. Listen for youself and enjoy. . .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    As great as always...

    Just got my B&N edition. This is a 2CD set with the bonus track Raglan Road on a single disc. I have all the other Loreena CDs and I must say that An Ancient Muse is another masterpiece! I just love every single piece on this album! And the lyrics Loreena wrote this time are my favourite of all the other ones she wrote in her previous albums. They all touched my soul and even brought tears to my eyes... There are many other versions of Raglan Road, but Loreena's version definitely is my favourite-the most emotional version I have ever heard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Masterpiece

    After a long wait since the Book of Secrets, another masterful CD. I hope we don't have to wait so long for the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Some pretty tasty servings from Loreena

    I don't know what was wrong with that clown 'A Reviewer' saying there was nothing new, after listening to the 30 second samples on this page. I found the whole CD rather pleasant, and relaxing. I would rate this above her previous work Book of Secrets. It's sweet. There are no real rockers on here, but there's no real sleepers either. With her releases being spread out quite a number of years apart, I am happy to have Loreena treat us again with her work. She's always welcome in my house. I could listen to her for hours.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Enchanting...

    Once again, this latest collection is like drinking fine wine, out of the Holy Grail. McKennet has a way of squeezing the sweetest nectar out of every melody, and dripping it slowly into our hungry ears.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A fantastic album!

    I own all 7 of the other Loreena McKennitt alblums, and I was so excited about the release of "An Ancient Muse", I ran out and bought it this morning and I have been glued to it all day...wow, I cant believe it came out today, and I already know some of the songs! A marvel, a magical cd...its, overpowering!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Timeless and Magical

    I was captivated by this album in the first ten seconds. I never thought that it would be possible to recapture the magic of "The Mask and the Mirror" This journey takes off smoothly from where that one ended. The beauty of the music and vocals are breathtaking, everything I wished and more than I hoped for when I first spotted the CD. The prologue to "Never-Ending Road(Amhran Duit)" gave me chills and her vocals were captivating. Loreena's fans should embrace this, the wait has been worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding !!

    This is a wonderful cd from Loreena McKennitt and would be a very nice addition to anyone's music collection. Very nicely done !! The Barnes and Noble exclusive track is beautiful...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Welcome Back...

    I'm very glad to have more music from Loreena McKennitt and each album she puts forth seems to be one step ahead of the last. Just when you think she has reached her peak, another album elevates her greatness to a new level.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    According to samples, nothing really new

    I am a fa of classical music which is just discovering new types of music, such as celtic. So it was a pleasure to find in LM a perfect celtic way, perfectly conveying a "new age" fragance with strong celtic trend. But there is a more powerfull force in her music, that is intelectual wisdom, a truly visionary fusion of styles: celtic, oriental, ... And with great interest I just have finished to listen to samples, and, realy, my 1st impression is that there is nothing new, comparing with her 2 great albums, mask and Mirror and Book of Secrets. I have the Live in paris and toronto album and I still think is the most enchanting and exciting music she has ever performed.

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