Illumination

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
One of the first things evident about Anúna's 2012 album, Illumination, released in celebration of the group's 25th anniversary, is the diversity of the music. Listeners who associate the ensemble only with Irish and Celtic music may be surprised to hear a healthy sampling of songs from American Cajun, French, English, and Scottish traditions. In fact, the album opens with an idiomatic, wildly energetic performance of a Cajun song, "La Chanson de Mardi Gras, for solo, men's voices, and percussion." The diversity of musical styles on the album is a testimony to the versatility of Michael McGlynn, the group's founder, whose original compositions are featured on seven ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
One of the first things evident about Anúna's 2012 album, Illumination, released in celebration of the group's 25th anniversary, is the diversity of the music. Listeners who associate the ensemble only with Irish and Celtic music may be surprised to hear a healthy sampling of songs from American Cajun, French, English, and Scottish traditions. In fact, the album opens with an idiomatic, wildly energetic performance of a Cajun song, "La Chanson de Mardi Gras, for solo, men's voices, and percussion." The diversity of musical styles on the album is a testimony to the versatility of Michael McGlynn, the group's founder, whose original compositions are featured on seven tracks and who is responsible for the arrangements of the other songs. McGlynn's original pieces, usually based on traditional texts, range in idiom from the directness of a folk song in "Summer Song" to a thoroughly modern but emotionally expressive style, with the use of extended vocal techniques and richly complex harmonies, in "Fégaidh úaihb." One might reasonably experience the feeling that a commentator once described as "a frisson of concern" upon seeing that the album includes choral arrangements of "Danny Boy," "Greensleeves," and "Scarborough Fair," songs that are done to death, often in mediocre arrangements and performances. McGlynn's arrangements manage to be both sophisticated and disarmingly simple, and in the singers' understated performances, make the songs fresh and thoroughly engaging. The characteristics for which Anúna is known -- a warm, rich blend, immaculate intonation, infectious enthusiasm, and the ability to make music of sometimes daunting technical difficulty sound effortless and natural -- are all in place on the album. Stacie Lee Rossow, in her debut recording conducting the group, conveys a thorough understanding of the various musical styles and draws sensitive performances from the singers. Several songs have prominent parts for soloists, all of whom sing with purity and unmannered directness. John McGlynn's solo in "Fionnghuala" is different -- it's anything but simple -- and he sings it with dazzling virtuosity. The sound is clean, detailed, and warmly immediate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2012
  • Label: Danu
  • EAN: 5391518340999
  • Catalog Number: 29
  • Sales rank: 40,608

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La chanson de Mardi Gras (2:12)
  2. 2 Siosúram só (2:58)
  3. 3 Mignonne allons (3:22)
  4. 4 Dormi Jesu (3:56)
  5. 5 Scarborough Fair (3:15)
  6. 6 Cúnnla (1:33)
  7. 7 Agincourt (3:27)
  8. 8 Illumination (3:15)
  9. 9 Greensleeves (3:19)
  10. 10 Ah, Robin! (3:04)
  11. 11 Danny Boy (3:47)
  12. 12 Summer Song (3:06)
  13. 13 Fionnghuala (1:33)
  14. 14 My Songs Shall Rise (3:21)
  15. 15 Fegaidh úaibh (4:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Anúna Primary Artist, Vocal Ensemble
Noel Eccles Percussion
John McGlynn Guitar, Vocals
Michael McGlynn Vocals, Musical Direction
Rhonan Sugrue Vocals
Andreja Malir Harp
Rachel Thompson Vocals
Lucy Champion Vocals
Lynn Hilary Vocals, Descant
Bláthnaid Conroy Murphy Vocals
Andrew Hozier Vocals
Hugo Leeney Throat Singing
Tara McNeill Violin, Vocals
Stacie Lee Rossow Conductor
Pádraig Ó Dúbháin Bodhran
Technical Credits
William Cornysh Composer
Brian Masterson Engineer
Pierre de Ronsard Text
Michael McGlynn Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Cover Design
Scottish Traditional Composer
Frederick Edward Weatherly Composer
French Traditional Composer
Francis Ledwidge Text
Abigail Bolt Layout
English Traditional Composer
American Traditional Composer
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