Essential Anuna

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Anuna have come a long way since their debut in Bill Whelan's Celtic dance extravaganza Riverdance. Composer Michael McGlynn and his choral ensemble have since collaborated with artists such as Sinéad O'Connor, the Chieftains, Sting, Máire Brennan, and Elvis Costello, as well as release their own music, the best of which can be found here on Essential Anuna. Anuna's ethereal blend of Middle English, Scots Gaelic, Irish, Breton, Medieval Irish, Latin, and Greek choral music is infused with modern sensibilities. McGlynn's compositions have an almost jazz-like dimension to them, an effect that often leads the group into mid-'60s Sergio Mendes/Ray Conniff Singers ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Anuna have come a long way since their debut in Bill Whelan's Celtic dance extravaganza Riverdance. Composer Michael McGlynn and his choral ensemble have since collaborated with artists such as Sinéad O'Connor, the Chieftains, Sting, Máire Brennan, and Elvis Costello, as well as release their own music, the best of which can be found here on Essential Anuna. Anuna's ethereal blend of Middle English, Scots Gaelic, Irish, Breton, Medieval Irish, Latin, and Greek choral music is infused with modern sensibilities. McGlynn's compositions have an almost jazz-like dimension to them, an effect that often leads the group into mid-'60s Sergio Mendes/Ray Conniff Singers territory, while retaining a respectable level of sublime seriousness. Essential Anuna is just that, a 19-track career overview of the eclectic group that provides a balanced selection of traditional "Siúil, A Rúin" and contemporary "Blue Bird" songs, and even a cover Elvis Costello's "Deep Dead Blue". The CD serves as an excellent introduction to this talented -- and constantly rotating -- group of young Irish singers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/8/2005
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923955528
  • Catalog Number: 9555

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Blue Bird (2:38)
  2. 2 Cormacus Scripsit (3:44)
  3. 3 The Wild Song (3:16)
  4. 4 Siúil, A Rúin (2:44)
  5. 5 Wind on Sea (6:09)
  6. 6 The Rising of the Sun (3:16)
  7. 7 The Flower of Maherally (3:43)
  8. 8 Dúlamán (1:47)
  9. 9 Kyrie (2:11)
  10. 10 Deep Dead Blue (2:59)
  11. 11 Blackthorn (3:18)
  12. 12 Behind the Closed Eye (3:17)
  13. 13 August (1:51)
  14. 14 Christus Resurgens (3:20)
  15. 15 Victimae (3:24)
  16. 16 Pie Jesu (2:37)
  17. 17 Hymn to the Virgin (4:14)
  18. 18 Cynara (4:45)
  19. 19 War Is Over (3:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Anúna Primary Artist
Paul Byrne Group Member
Aingeala DeBurca Violin
Noel Eccles Percussion
Dennis Kelly Harp
Declan Masterson uillean pipes, tin whistle
David Clarke Group Member
Monica Donlon Group Member
Caron Hannigan Group Member
Stephen Kenny Group Member
John McGlynn Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Michael McGlynn Vocals, Musical Direction, Low Whistle, Group Member
Kenneth Edge Saxophone
Miriam Blennerhassett Vocals, Group Member
Cathal Clinch Group Member
Méav Group Member
Eunan McDonald Group Member
Eimear Quinn Group Member
Kim Lynch Group Member
Bernard Reilly Percussion
Peter Harney Group Member
Tara O Beirne Group Member
Briana Jordan Group Member
Lucy Champion Vocals, Group Member
Kira Deegan Group Member
Róisín Dempsey Group Member
Joanna Fagan Group Member
Julie Feeney Group Member
Barry Finn Group Member
Edel Harrington Group Member
Lynn Hilary Vocals, Group Member
Emer Lang Group Member
Jeffrey Ledwidge Group Member
Jacqui Mahon Group Member
Simon Morgan Group Member
Maeve Morris Group Member
Sarah O'Kennedy Group Member
Ciarán Brady Group Member
Orfhlaith Campbell Group Member
Stephen Fennelly Group Member
Nichola Horn Group Member
Máire Lang Group Member
Thérèse McCartin Group Member
Karen McDonnell Group Member
Sinead McGoldrick Group Member
Alice McKeown Group Member
Brian Merriman Group Member
Jeremy Morgan Group Member
Aisling Muldowney Group Member
Eoin Mulvaney Group Member
Niamh O'Brien Group Member
Derek O'Gorman Group Member
Cathal Ó Madagáin Group Member
Grace O Regan Group Member
Garrath Patterson Group Member
Audrey Phelan Group Member
Clodagh Reid Group Member
Kevin Sheedy Group Member
Ian Cirran Group Member
Paddy Connolly Group Member
Mairéad Ní Fhaoláin Group Member
Stuart Kinsella Group Member
Clionadh McDonough Group Member
Sarah Noon Group Member
Martin Ó Ceallaigh Group Member
Roisín OReilly Group Member
Rachel Talbot Group Member
Lucy Thurston Group Member
Dearbhla Walsh Group Member
Mark O'Sullivan Group Member
Patrick Hughes Group Member
Anne Marie O'Farrell Harp
Sarah O Kennedy Vocals
Kim Lynch Vocals
Monica Donlon Vocals
Derina Johnson Vocals
Garrath Patterson Vocals
Joanna Fagan Vocals
Technical Credits
Elvis Costello Composer
Bill Frisell Composer
Roger Greenawalt Composer
Brian Masterson Audio Production
Declan Masterson Producer, Engineer
Terry Radigan Composer
John McGlynn Arranger, Director
Michael McGlynn Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Jeff Chenault Art Direction
Traditional Composer
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