Faces of a Woman

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Tapestry, the Boston-based women's trio, is joined by five other singers and instrumentalists in the album of music devoted to women's stories. The selections range from Medieval motets to European and American folk song to Romantic choral music to newly composed pieces. Most of the pieces have an early music/folk-like simplicity and purity that give them an immediate, direct appeal. The performances are wonderfully appealing as well; the singing is impassioned and unaffected, and the instruments -- harp, vielle, fiddle, and cello -- provide a colorful, atmospheric accompaniment. Singers Laurie Monahan, Cristi Catt, and Daniela Tosic, joined on several tracks by Carolann...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Tapestry, the Boston-based women's trio, is joined by five other singers and instrumentalists in the album of music devoted to women's stories. The selections range from Medieval motets to European and American folk song to Romantic choral music to newly composed pieces. Most of the pieces have an early music/folk-like simplicity and purity that give them an immediate, direct appeal. The performances are wonderfully appealing as well; the singing is impassioned and unaffected, and the instruments -- harp, vielle, fiddle, and cello -- provide a colorful, atmospheric accompaniment. Singers Laurie Monahan, Cristi Catt, and Daniela Tosic, joined on several tracks by Carolann Buff, Diana Brewer and bass Darrick Yee in the excerpts from Rachmaninov's "Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom" sing with clear, straight tone and flawless intonation, and their voices are colorfully varied. The programming of complementary repertoire is inspired -- the contemporary pieces by Marcos Krieger, Ivan Moody, Joan Szymko, Margaret McAllister, and Robert Kyr -- fits seamlessly with the oldest, a ninth century chant. The two pieces by Hildegard, in fact, sound nearly as modern in relation to the chants as the twentieth century pieces. MDG's sound is clear, clean, natural sounding, and ideally resonant. Most of the music and performances are gentle, meditative, and serene; this lovely collection should be of interest to fans of early music, world folk music, and the sound of the blend of women's voices.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/8/2008
  • Label: Md&G Records
  • UPC: 760623146829
  • Catalog Number: 3441468
  • Sales rank: 232,088

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lyula, lyulyala, for chorus - Marcos Krieger (3:19)
  2. 2 Prozor na ocima (A window for her eyes), for chorus - Serbian Traditional (9:25)
  3. 3 Non sei como me alv'a, cantiga - Dom Dinis (3:36)
  4. 4 Rainha Santa Isabel, romanceiro for voices - Traditional (8:23)
  5. 5 Nonne sui, nonne / Quant voi la flourette, motet - Anonymous, Codex Bamberg (3:16)
  6. 6 A Chantar M'Er de So Qu'En No Volria - Beatriz de Dia (aka Comtessa de Dia) & Shira Kammen (6:15)
  7. 7 Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, for chorus, Op. 31: Tebye poyem - Sergey Rachmaninov & Tapestry (2:09)
  8. 8 Three Poems of Anna Akhmatova, for chorus: Slova: Anna Akhmatova and Orthodox liturgy - Ivan Moody (3:16)
  9. 9 Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, for chorus, Op. 31: Sugubaya i Posleduyuschiya Ekteniya - Sergey Rachmaninov & Tapestry (1:52)
  10. 10 Nada te turbe (Nothing can harm you), for chorus & cello - Joan Szymko (4:41)
  11. 11 Veni creator spiritus, hymn - Martin Luther & Rabanus Maurus (1:44)
  12. 12 Quia ergo femina, antiphon - Hildegard von Bingen & Laurie Monahan (2:42)
  13. 13 Spiritui sancto honor sit, response - Hildegard von Bingen & Tapestry (6:10)
  14. 14 Grainne Mhaol ("Cry of seal and wild gull"), for chorus - Margaret McAllister (6:52)
  15. 15 Work(s): Oró 'Sé Do Bheatha' Bhaile / Julia Delaney - Irish Traditional & Shira Kammen (2:25)
  16. 16 Careless Love, folk song (Appalachian) - American Traditional (2:55)
  17. 17 Love as a Child, for chorus - Robert Kyr (5:51)
  18. 18 If you love me, song - Malvina Reynolds (0:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tapestry Primary Artist
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